Saturday, December 31, 2016

Erie-Lackawanna 741

EL diner 741 at South Scranton a couple months ago.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Loew's Stillman

At Loew's Stillman...
From The Plain Dealer, December 29, 1961.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Locomotive Skeleton

Skeleton of an old locomotive, at the South Scranton shops a couple months ago.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Jersey Central 1554

CNJ 1554 last Friday morning along Ridge Row.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Santa Claus

One of the Santa Claus statues in Lackawanna Station.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Scranton Mansion

The Scranton mansion is a lot more visible now that old Loyola Hall is gone.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!
Keith's Christmas Greeting, from "The Pantheon of Vaudeville" Variety, December 29, 1922.
From National Geographic, December 1949.
Jeanette Loff and Carole Lombard.
Julie Adams
Tina Louise
Unsent V-Mail, Anzio, 1944.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Nativity Scene

Nativity scene at the U of S yesterday morning.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Courthouse Square Tree

The Christmas Tree outside the Lackawanna County Courthouse this morning.

First National Bank

The First National Bank, Main & Water Streets in downtown Pittston, from last summer. This is now a Wells Fargo bank branch.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church, 8 Water Street in Downtown Pittston, from last summer.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Delaware - Lackawanna 4118

DL 4118 in the state office building parking lot back in October.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

VIA 6763

VIA 6763 at the DL south side shops a couple months ago.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Norfolk Southern 1174

Norfolk Southern 1174, along with the 3444 and 3483 at Taylor Yard a few weeks ago.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Crosley Field

An undated postcard of Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

Hotel Sterling

A view of the now demolished Hotel Sterling in sowntown Wilkes-Barre from August 19, 1997.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Lehigh Valley 414

A couple views of Lehigh Valley 414 at Boulevard Avenue in Dickson City back in October.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

RKO Palace

Mickey Rooney at the RKO Palace, also on the bill is the Will Mastin Trio with Sammy Davis Jr.
From The Plain Dealer, December 5, 1946.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Delaware-Lackawanna 2461

DL 2461 in the noontime sun from last month.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Bellevue Breaker

The Bellevue breaker from an undated postcard.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Petersburg Corners

A few views of Petersburg Corners from last month.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Freight Cars

Freight cars on a siding along Ridge Row from a few weeks ago.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Scranton Iron Furnaces

The Scranton Iron Furnaces from a couple weeks ago.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

From The Plain Dealer Action Tab, July 26, 1974.

I don't remember a whole lot about this show, not even sure where the tickets came from. We had Brel in the State at the time, rehearsals for Alice! hadn't started yet, and there was nothing going on at the Allen. I do remember Todd Reeves and I had to work until 5 or 6, then we could leave early to go to the show. Todd's friends Bonnie and Heather had staked out seats behind the first base dugout. I don't know who else was there, but there was a group of us. We got there late, sometime during the Climax Blues Band's set, missed the James Gang totally. I think ELP opened with Karn Evil 9, Lucky Man was played at some point, and Pictures at an Exhibition, in its entirety, was played as an encore. At some point Emerson was playing the piano that spun end over end, it was quite a spectacular show. It needed to be, since it was in a huge stadium with around 80,000 attendees.

I had their first three long players and played them to death back then. They did make some good records, but the later ones became a bit too pretentious for me.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lackawanna Avenue

A couple views of Lackawanna Avenue on a busy Saturday morning, from behind Lackawanna Station.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Remember Pearl Harbor

75 years.
 From Box Office, May 9, 1942.
From Box Office, May 23, 1942.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

School By Gair Linhart

My old friend Gair has a novel out about growing up in East Cleveland in the 60's, a fun read, highly recommended! The blurb from the publisher:
"School by Cleveland native Gair Linhart is a funny and poignant coming of age novel which depicts an artistic youth who struggles with the rigors of math/science curricula of the sixties. In his rust belt hometown of East Cleveland, Jack Elbon also endures: headless phantoms at Y camp, gut-churning rides at Euclid Beach Amusement Park, perennial fifth place finishes for his beloved Indians and Rocky Colavito, puberty-related misconceptions regarding human anatomy, having two left feet as a member of the Shaw High School marching band, and cold and hot war anxieties from the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam war. An uproarious surprise ending takes Jack into the dusty Roxy Theater, during the waning days of burlesque. Subjects such as race relations, bullying, marijuana, seductive teachers, and pot roast gobbling preachers are viewed through the lens of Jack’s naive but penetrating eye. Other relics of the era such as Rat Finks, Troll Dolls, Skee-ball, Cleveland Municipal Stadium and the world champion 1964 Browns, Ripple wine, and corporal punishment in the form of “swats” also serve as tiles in this glittering mosaic. Ever at odds with his colorful siblings and parents, Jack’s love for them ultimately prevails. Although written and published second, School is the prequel to Linhart’s Crazy Blue City, which also features Jack Elbon and his memorable friends, who appear in that novel as older characters." - (WebWitchcraft publishing)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Taylor Train Show

A few views of Saturday's train show at the Taylor Fire Department.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Globe Holiday Market

We stopped by the Globe yesterday for the Scranton Made Holiday Market, it was quite crowded. The Anthracite Hi-Railers were there with their swell layout.The event continues today from 11 to 4.