Tuesday, November 30, 2021

B.F. Keith Theatres

 I should have had this last week, The grand opening of Keith's 105th, with Babe Ruth at the downtown Hipp. Once Albee decided on a new downtown house, the Hipp name was dropped from Keith ads. When the Keith lease on the Hipp expired on June 30, 1922, there was no Keith house downtown until the Palace opened on November 6. By the way, Bambino was a BO flop. From the Plain Dealer, November 20, 1921.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Bridge 60 Tower

 Bridge 60 Tower last Saturday afternoon.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Lehigh Valley 414

 LV 414 in the Steamtown Yard last Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving

 Happy Thanksgiving!

1910 postcard.
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 17, 1944. Note the points needed for rationed items.
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 16, 1962.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Step Falls

 Step Falls from the new Harrison Avenue Bridge on Saturday morning, not much color left here.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Scranton Skyline

 View from the new Harrison Avenue Bridge on Saturday morning, what little autumnal color there was is gone now.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Speeder Shed

 The speeder shed at the east end of Bridge 60 on Saturday afternoon. 

Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Eyes Have It

 You never know what you'll see walking down the street. This was on the new Harrison Avenue Bridge a couple weeks ago.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

This Is Cinerama

 This is Cinerama opened in the Palace Theatre on November 14, 1956.

Plain Dealer, November 30, 1956. Unfortunately this picture opened during a newspaper strike.
From Boxoffice, October 13, 1956.
From Boxoffice, November 3, 1956.
Plain Dealer, October 30, 1956.
Max Mink sells his first Ticket to Marlene Lurie at the Palace1956, from the Cleveland Memory Project.
From Boxoffice, November 24, 1956.
From Boxoffice, February 9, 1957.
Explanation from How The West Was Won hardcover program book, 1963.
Simplified drawing from How The West Was Won hardcover program book, 1963.

The initial Cinerama installation was a temporary one, lasting to 1959. Late that year a permanent Cinerama installation necessitated the removal of four of the six boxes, along with a chunk of the proscenium. This installation was removed in late 1964, the scars covered with giant red curtains. 

Friday, November 19, 2021

Scranton Comic-Con

A reminder, Scranton ComiCon, this Sunday at Lackawanna Station!

Thursday, November 18, 2021

All Roads Lead To....

 The U, looking east along the Lackawanna main, near mile 133 a couple weeks ago. The new science building in the center, about ten years old now.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Harrison Avenue

 The result of excess speed on Harrison Avenue. Automobiles go way too fast on this street.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Eastbound Freight

 LV 414 leading a freight east through the Steamtown yard last month.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Nickel Plate 514

 NKP 514 in the Steamtown Yard back in September. 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

St. Luke's Church

 St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Avenue, from last Saturday. 

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Bleak Saturday

 A cloudy, overcast day.

Chamberlin Insurance

 Couldn't help but notice this the other day, a good example of the shoddy work you get from contractors in Scranton. This front is only a couple years old, yet it's already coming apart. Hope no one was hurt when that chunk fell onto the sidewalk.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Lackawanna Avenue Clock

 Reminder the taxpayer funded clock on Lackawanna Avenue still hasn't been fixed. How many years has it been since it worked? Towns up and down the valley have clocks similar to this, the one in Scranton is the only one that doesn't work, much like the inhabitants of city hall

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Armistice Day

 Happy Armistice Day!

Plain Dealer, November 15, 1918.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Step Falls

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

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Scranton Skyline

 View from the Harrison Avenue Bridge on Saturday morning, this sure wasn't a very colorful autumn.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Allen Theatre

 Fifty years ago today, newly elected mayor Ralph Perk painted a portion of the Allen marquee for a photo op. Two weeks later the first Playhouse Square Association production took place, the rebirth of Playhouse Square was underway! 

From the Cleveland Press, November 9, 1971.

Renaissance Park

 We stopped by Renaissance Park on Saturday afternoon, unfortunately it was closed, as it was the last time we were here a few weeks ago. Maybe they should just change the sign if they're not going to open the park on Saturday. Your tax dollars at work.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Cuyahoga River

 Looking upstream towards the Detroit - Superior Bridge back in September. The lower deck of the bridge once had four tracks for interurbans and streetcars, it's been dormant since 1954 when traction service ended.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

November 6, 1971

 A pair of interesting shows on the same day, like some sort of cosmic aligning of rock gods. Elvis Presley, two shows at Public Hall, and Pink Floyd, one show in a college gym. I never saw Elvis, saw Pink Floyd twice, five months later at the Allen, and again in June 1975 in Pittsburgh.  

From the Plain Dealer Action Tab, October 22, 1971.
From the Plain Dealer Action Tab, October 22, 1971.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Rahway Valley 15

 Rahway Valley 15 in the Steamtown yard last summer.

Thursday, November 4, 2021


 E-scooters in Cleveland's Flats a couple months ago. Wonder if they'll ever have these in Scranton?

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Delaware - Lackawanna 2461

 DL 2461 on the Carbondale main, behind the new bus station a couple weeks ago.