Category Archives: Curious Clutter

WFIL 56

Before Philadelphia’s American Broadcast Company affiliate was WPVI it was WFIL, and it had a sister radio station on the AM dial that played a heavy rotation of top forty hits and a whole lot of commercials.

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Read this students, QUIETLY!

My Weekly Reader from the Spring of 1972. I found this in a crumbling folder of ancient homework and handouts from grade school circa 1972. Teachers would hand these out and make the students read them QUIETLY so they could cadge … Continue reading

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Syd Kushner W I D E S H O E S

Advertisement for a Philadelphia shoe store from a November 23, 1971 edition of the Courier Post, a Southern New Jersey newspaper.

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Things to do about four decades ago…

These ads were on the back of an article in what was probably The Courier Post that I thought was very important at the time. This was before the home video market took off and not everybody had cable television … Continue reading

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It seemed like a good idea at the time…

Behold…the FUTURE! …or at least it was about 20 years ago.

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Only Two Bits at Broad & Lombard

I found another pay phone in Philadelphia, and a call on this one will only set you back 25¢! Of course, the disinfectant used to kill whatever transferred from the receiver to your ear may cost considerably more. This coin … Continue reading

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BEYOND the Spinning Rack of Comics

I guess the thing I miss most about comics is the newsstands and druggists that once carried the 4-colored treasures I eagerly plucked from spinning racks or wooden shelves. I would spend what was probably an inordinate amount of time … Continue reading

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Like Spotting Bigfoot

Inexplicably, a phonebooth stands at the corner of 15th and Snyder in South Philadelphia. I haven’t seen one in years and suddenly coming upon one was surprising if not startling. Sadly, the receiver was vandalized so no, it was not … Continue reading

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Blister Pack of Mayhem

Tina made this find in a junk store in Philadelphia’s Italian Market. It cost all of 50¢.

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KOH-I-NOOR CZECH REPUBLIC 48

Having worked in art supply stores for an inordinate amount of time in the 20th Century, I’ve gathered a lot of rare, old or obscure art making tools just as a whale gathers barnacles. This fat lead holder is one … Continue reading

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