Friday, December 31, 2021

New Years Eve

 Can't remember when we last went out for New Year's Eve.

The Hotel Winton later became the Pick-Carter Hotel and is currently an apartment building. From the Plain Dealer, December 31, 1921.
Wille's Music Box was on the second floor of the Loew Building, from the Plain Dealer, December 31, 1931.
Chef Boiardi's, behind the Western Union office on 9th Street, from the Plain Dealer, December 30, 1934. Hector Boiardi is later known as Chef Boyardee purveyor of prepackaged Italian foods.
The Mayfair Casino (Ohio Theatre) from the Plain Dealer, December 29, 1935. The Mayfair was a short-lived operation in the transformed Ohio Theatre, closing in 1937.
From the Plain Dealer, December 23, 1973. The New Year's Eve parties at Playhouse Square were something of legend. I think it was in 1975 when a bus-pan filled with ice and champagne somehow got delivered to me....

Thursday, December 30, 2021


 View from the mall walkway last July, spring can't get here soon enough.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Orchard Street

 Orchard Street looking west from Crown Avenue last July.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Allen Theatre

 Fifty Years ago this week, the National Dance Troupe of Sierra Leone appeared, through January 2, 1972. Just a few months before I started there.

Flyer from the attraction.

Monday, December 27, 2021

South Side Skyline

 View from Ridge Row last July 10, sure looking forward to warmer weather.

Sunday, December 26, 2021


 In Jessup last year. 

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas

 Merry Christmas!

Albee's Christmas Greeting, from "The Pantheon of Vaudeville" Variety, December 29, 1922.
At Loew's State, from the Plain Dealer, December 25, 1921.
At the Allen, from the Plain Dealer, December 25, 1921.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Nativity Scene

 Nativity scene at the UofS from December 2017. We miss going here for coffee on Sunday afternoons.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Canadian National 3254

 CN 3254 on Bridge 60 in November 2011, really miss seeing sights like this.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Philadelpha Suburban 76

 Philadelpha Suburban 76 at the south end of Laurel Line Tunnel back in December 2011. Had hoped to be at this location last weekend, but the rain, followed by the Sunday wind kept us indoors.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Nickel Plate 514

 NKP 514 along Ridge Row, November 25, 2011. A shame there's been no Christmas Trains here again this year, other parts of the country seem to have no problem with them. The Park Service even ran the usual ones in the Cuyahoga Valley, but not in Scranton.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Yule Mule

 Spotted at the Steamtown Mall a couple weeks ago.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Scranton Mansion

 The Scranton mansion, decorated for Christmas on the UofS campus a couple weeks ago.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Central Expressway

 Looking east from the new Harrison Avenue Bridge a couple weeks ago.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Bridge 60 Tower

 Bridge 60 Tower, decorated for Christmas, from a couple weeks ago.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Delaware - Lackawanna 2452

 DL 2452 in the Steamtown Yard a couple weeks ago.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021


 Fifty years ago tonight, Yes, and Jonathon Edwards played the Allen.

From the Plain Dealer, December 5, 1971.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021


 A view of WinterFest on the Square last week. We've been avoiding crowds, so I barely popped over to this.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Lackawanna Avenue Clock

 The taxpayer funded clock still isn't working, I've lost track of how many years it's been. It's really a symbol of the contempt our elected officials and the local news media have for the citizens of the city. It's all a big joke, I can't remember when a mayor of Scranton had a negative news story, and that includes the guy that abruptly resigned and pled to multiple felonies the following day. That was just another ha-ha Scranton joke on the news.


 Toy sale at Stearn's, 1021-31 Euclid Avenue, currently the site of some trendy apartments.

From the Plain Dealer, December 14, 1924.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Steamtown Mall

 A scene from last weekend's big cornhole tournament.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Downtown Construction

 Crane in the 100 block of North Washington Avenue last Saturday afternoon.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Step Falls

 Step Falls from the new Harrison Avenue Bridge on Saturday morning.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Scranton Skyline

 Looking pretty bleak from the new Harrison Avenue Bridge on Saturday morning.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Little Willie & The All Stars

 Thirty nine years ago last night! I just came across this one a couple days ago. I used to go see them all the time at Andy's at 116th & Buckeye.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Remember Pearl Harbor

 Eighty years ago today....

Plain Dealer, December 8, 1941.
The attack was really a radio story, films of the attack didn't circulate until a couple months later. The Telenews was a newsreel theatre, they played a number of newsreels and selected shorts in an hour long program. These places were where the news junkies of the war years would congregate. The Telenews also had a radio lounge where you could hear the latest news from the war fronts, or from around the corner. from the Plain Dealer, February 4, 1942.
War Bond booth, Roxy Theatre, New York, from Motion Picture Herald, December 26, 1942.
From Boxoffice, May 9, 1942.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Scranton Public Library

 The second floor of the library, from last month. This was the first time we'd been there since the renovations. I spent a lot of time up here when I was in grad school.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Lackawanna River

 Looking upstream from the Lackawanna Avenue Bridge in mid-October. St. Mary's Church can be seen in the distance.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Dime Bank Building

 The Dime Bank Building at the corner of Wyoming & Spruce. The building was originally built in 1891, with a couple of additions added over the years.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Jersey Central Freight Station

 The Jersey Central Freight Station on Lackawanna Avenue, from last month.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Reading 903

 Reading 903- 902 along with 2124 at Steamtown a couple weeks ago.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Playhouse Square

 An article celebrating the first steps towards saving Playhouse Square, fifty years ago today.

From the Plain Dealer, December 1, 1971. Note the misspelling of "Loew's."
Playhouse Square in the early 1970's was pretty much a ghost town once the office workers went home for the day. Few thought the theatres were worth saving, from the Plain Dealer, February 7, 1972.
Ray Shepardson leaning on the fireplace in the Palace main floor ladies room. From the Plain Dealer, March 19, 1972.