Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Euclid Avenue

 Euclid Avenue, looking east from 12th Street a couple weeks ago.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Decoration Day

 Decoration Day...

Plain Dealer, May 30, 1944.
Plain Dealer, May 30, 1944.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Nay Aug Park

 Nay Aug Park from the 8th floor of the CMC, by my wife Terry.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Southside Garage

 A collapsing garage on Scranton's South Side, from May 2012.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Nickel Plate 514

 NKP 514 at Lackawanna Station, May 12, 2012.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Philadelphia Suburban 76

  Philadelphia Suburban 76 at the south end of Laurel Line Tunnel, May 10, 2012.

Trips are 10:30 AM, Noon, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM Thursdays through Sundays until the end of October, some Sundays have Baseball runs. For more info call 570 963-6590 or go to the ECTM site.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

1972: "Loew's Ohio and State Theaters To Be Razed"

 A headline that galvanized opposition to razing Loew's State & Ohio.

Plain Dealer, May 25, 1972. I do remember being razzed a bit at school that day.
Plain Dealer, May 25, 1972.
Cleveland Press, May 25, 1972. 
Plain Dealer, May 25, 1972. A group of like-minded individuals appear on the scene ready to make a significant contribution.
Scene, June 1 - 7, 1972. I never listed to/watched Alan Douglas after this, although I was in school and fortunately missed this.
Plain Dealer, June 3, 1972. The Junior League makes a rather significant contribution. 
Plain Dealer, June 3, 1972.
Variety, August 8, 1972. This was pretty much the situation by the beginning of August, bleak, with some room for optimism.
The Cleveland Press, August 11, 1972. The Tennis Party also attracted the interest of other influential individuals. 
Plain Dealer, September 9,1972.
Plain Dealer, December 23, 1972. Finally, a deal was worked out. The problem then became what to do with two theatres that were little more than shells.... Stay tuned.....

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Dairy - Deli

Dairy Deli on Crossview Road in Seven Hills, Ohio.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Delaware - Lackawanna 2457

 DL2457 in the Steamtowm Yard back in March.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Cuyahoga River

 Looking downstream along the Cuyahoga River last week.

Saturday, May 21, 2022


 The Keith Building reflected on the Lumen.

Friday, May 20, 2022

CSX Freight

 The only train we saw while we were in Cleveland, somewhere on West Side.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Fulton Road

 Fulton Road looking south from Storer Avenue. I grew up a half block from this location.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022


 Bundles of cans behind the recycling center.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Abandoned Putt-Putt Golf

 This is on the former Erie passenger right-of-way on North Washington Avenue. I sure didn't expect to see this up here.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Lackawanna River

 The Lackawanna River near the Marvine Colliery site.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Hickory Street

 Looking west on Hickory Street from Crown Avenue a few weeks back.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Marvine Colliery

 A few views of the Marvine Colliery area from last month.

At a Theatre Near You

 Neighborhood listings, from the Plain Dealer, May 14, 1946.

Thursday, May 12, 2022


 A view of the bridge replacement project above Roaring Brook, from last week.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Linden Street

 Looking east on Linden Street from the UofS a couple weeks ago.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Providence Road

 A couple views along Providence Road, from last month.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Lackawanna Railroad

 Looking west along the Lackawanna main from the Erie's Wyoming Division Bridge. This will be a pretty good vantage point for photos once this work is completed.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Roaring Brook

 Roaring Brook, looking downstream from near the former Town of Nay Aug last week.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Allen Theatre: A Few Days in May, 1972

 I can't believe a half century has gone by...

These stickers came in sheets of six from Polydor Records, at one point my job was to stick these on flyers and posters.
From the Plain Dealer, April 30, 1972.
From the Plain Dealer, May 7, 1972.
From the Plain Dealer, May 4, 1972. The Next Generation was a group of seniors from Garfield Heights High School, this was the last weekend they worked as volunteers.

The first weekend in May 1972 was a big weekend for us. On Saturday, May 6, there was a double feature benefit for the Next Generation group, who got to use the Allen for a fundraiser since they had done a lot of volunteer work. Two films were shown that afternoon, “Dracula Prince of Darkness” and “The Devil’s Bride” for a dollar admission. I sold tickets out in the boxoffice, and it was a windy day. Some kid’s dollar blew away, but I gave him a ticket anyway. Ray said that was okay to do, however Ceil chided me for being a softy. There were a lot of small children there that afternoon. Following the films, we did a quick clean-up to prepare for the Jeff  Beck Group concert that night.  A little before 6 PM, as I was walking back into the Allen with my favorite meal, a Royal Castle Royal Trio, I noticed an altercation just inside the lobby doors. One of the Next Generation kids mouthed off to one of the off duty policemen who questioned him when he walked in. The kid said “Fuck you Pig,” and was getting the crap beat out of him as a result. I went and got Ray to intervene.

Glass Harp, from the Youngstown area, was the last minute opening act that night, followed by the main attraction Jeff Beck. This was a pretty wild night. One of the concert goers ripped a railing from the stairway going to the top balcony from the east side of the mezzanine, and snapped it in half.  I chased after the guy, luckily I didn’t catch him. Anyone who could snap one of those railings in half could have easily killed me. A few members of an Akron motorcycle gang tried to crash the show at the stage entrance, injuring a policeman in the process. Stagehands beat the bikers back with belaying pins from the pinrail on stage , leaving a pool of blood in the alley as evidence. Back up police came in through the front doors, and raced backstage down the house right aisle, startling a number of concert goers in the process.

From the Plain Dealer, April 30, 1972.
Flyer with sticker.

The following day, Sunday, May 7th, was one of great anticipation. For  weeks Ray kept saying "and that's the truth, ppllugghhh" doing his Lily Tomlin imitation. Ticket sales had been fairly brisk, we had tons of flyers and posters for the event. I remember cutting off the Allen Theatre part of the flyers and gluing them to the posters from Polydor Records. I remember someone cursing me out about a week before the show when I couldn’t sell him front row seats. Smitty scrounged up some mirrors from one of the Ohio Theatre restrooms and installed them in a newly painted dressing room. The massive clean-up effort from the Beck show was well underway when I got there that Sunday morning. The set for the show was pretty basic, a large piece of carpet, a stool and a mike stand. When Lily arrived she had much fun getting the stage hands to move the carpet repeatedly, much to their annoyance.  Not long after 7 PM, singer Ellen McIlwaine opened the sold out show. Things ran rather smoothly that night, quite different then the night before.

Cover of The Plain Dealer Action Tab, May 5, 1972.
From the Plain Dealer, May 8, 1972.

Things started to slow down a bit after this, A Count Basie/Austrid Gilberto show scheduled for Sunday, May 21, was cancelled. Then the bombshell came on May 25, with the Plain Dealer headline reading "Loew's Ohio and State Theaters to be Razed."

Friday, May 6, 2022

Town of Nay Aug Ruins

 Made an expedition to the Town of Nay Aug the other day, in search of the Nay Aug Methodist Episcopal Church. Unfortunately, didn't locate the church, but did locate remains of some adjacent structures.

This is number 2 on the map below.
This is number 3 on the map below.
Near number 3.
This is number 1 on the map below.
Possible wells near number 1.
Bottom of Road to Brick Yard, Nay Aug Methodist Episcopal Church would have been located off to the left. Roaring Brook is just around the bend on the right. The church was also known as the Lawrence M.E. Church due to the land for the church being donated by the Lawrence Family.
Looking across Roaring Brook towards the bridge abutment of the Road to Brick Yard, this concrete bridge was washed out in Hurricane Diane in August 1955.
1918 map, the area in question is at the bottom, near Nay Aug Methodist Episcopal Church.
From 1919 Scranton Sanborn map, cropped from Sheet 94. Bottom left buildings, with a tiny blurb on the M.E. Church.
Another 1918 map, I forget what these were from now, they were copied from microfilm at the Albright Memorial Library in Scranton back in 2008-09.