Saturday, February 28, 2015

Reading 467

Reading 467 in the Steamtown yard, April 3, 2010.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Marvine Colliery

The Marvine Colliery of the Hudson Coal Company, once one of the world's most modern facilities. Today not much is left of the once prosperous colliery, but some remnants remain.
An undated postcard.
Above photos from April 13, 2009.

Above photos from March 21, 2014.The breaker location is now home to the Lackawanna County Recycling Center. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gutheinz Meats

Gutheinz Meats, a longtime landmark at 520 Cedar Avenue in South Scranton. Photo from May 26, 2009.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

West Junction Branch

A short section of the Erie's West Jct Branch, from April 1, 2010.

Milepost 13

Milepost 13 along the Erie's Wyoming Division, this is believed to now be buried under fill. People that live along the tracks above the Erie r-o-w have been filling in the hillside to expand their backyards. This photo is from April 2, 2010.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad

A D-L truck at Virginia on the Laurel Line, from April 9, 2009.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Delaware & Hudson Caboose

An abandoned D&H caboose in Wilkes-Barre, August 19, 1997.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Washington's Birthday

George Washington on the cover of Literary Digest, February 22, 1930.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Brooklyn Bridge

Undated Brooklyn Bridge postcard.

Cleveland Union Terminal

CUT 214 heading westbound across the CUT bridge, undated Richard Cook photo.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Bailey Company

Bailey's ad from the Catholic Universe Bulletin, December 17, 1937.

Pierce Arrow

Pierce Arrow ad from Literary Digest, May 11, 1929.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Electric City Trolley

Philadelphia Suburban 76 at the south end of Laurel Line tunnel, February 19, 2011.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Erie Water Tank

Base of a water tank in Dunmore, around mile 15.5 on the Wyoming Division, from March 1, 2009.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An Unsolved Murder

On the morning of February 17, 1921 two school teachers, Miss Mabel Foote and Miss Louise Wolf were were found murdered on Bean Road in Parma. It was believed they were  beaten to death the previous night while on their way home from Parma High School. The crime remains unsolved to this day.
Louise Wolf
Mabel Foote
New York Times February 19, 1921
Plain Dealer, February 18, 1921
New London (Conn) Evening Day, February 19, 1921.
This fountain is in a small park named for the slain teachers,off Pearl Road, just above the zoo. The park has been in serious disrepair for years, photo from August 1, 1993.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Lackawanna 807-808

A few views of Lackawanna 807-808 from the summer of 1998.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Remember the Maine

USS Maine monument in Scranton's Nay Aug Park.

On February 15, 1898 the USS Maine was attacked by Spain in Havana harbor, killing 254 American sailors. War with Spain was declared on April 25, 1898. On May 1, 1898 Commodore Dewey gave his famous command, "You may fire when ready, Gridley," The Spanish fleet in the Pacific was reduced to floating matchsticks in a matter of a few hours.

On July 1, 1898 Colonel Theodore Roosevelt led his Rough Riders up Kettel Hill capturing Spanish positions in Cuba. The press misnamed Kettle Hill as San Juan Hill. Nonetheless Roosevelt became a national hero.

By the time the war ended in August 1898, Spain was no longer a major world power. It was as John Hay wrote, "A splendid little war."

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Loew's Ohio Theatre, 1921

Today is the 94th anniversary of the opening of Loew's Ohio Theatre.
From Club Life, September 1982.
From Club Life, September 1982. This is actually a 1943 view.
From The Plain Dealer, February 13, 1921.
From The Plain Dealer, February 15, 1921.
From The Plain Dealer, April 2, 1922.
From The Plain Dealer, February 27, 1927.
From The Plain Dealer, October 23, 1935. The Mayfair Casino closed after two years, then the Ohio sat mostly dark until 1943.
From The Plain Dealer, September 23, 1943.
From The Plain Dealer, June 20, 1957.
From The Plain Dealer, January 31, 1960
On July 5, 1964 the Grand Lobby of Loew's Ohio was destroyed by fire. A modern lobby replaced the fire gutted one, and the Ohio re-opened on December 25, 1964 with Mary Poppins.
From The Plain Dealer, December 24, 1964.
From The Plain Dealer, March 24, 1965. The Sound of Music was Cleveland's longest running film, 91 weeks at Loew's Ohio.
From The Plain Dealer, December 20, 1968.

Following Star! the Ohio closed, and would sit dark until 1982.