03 July 2016

Photographers Street View index

updated 3 July 2016

a Google "9 eyes" camera
by Kowloonese at en.wikipedia
Welcome! The images you see in this collection are derived from Google Street View using Google's "Picasa" photo editing. The site has been developed to feature locations of interest to the author/photographer and you.

Google explains their Street View project, including ways you can become involved on their page, "Understand Street View." This page shows illustrations of the various ways their cameras are mounted on all sorts of contraptions (not just cars). You may be "wowed" by their publishing process here, too. Hats off to Google for starting a revolution in how we see our world and share it with each other!

Google's 9 eyes Street View self-portrait, Sept 2015
What did the photographer miss?

Acknowledgement to Street View and the Street View URL will be provided for each photo, which will allow you to visit the location, too--and create your own interpretations.

An angle, an older Street View tour of the area or a change in tone might suggest a unique view for you to snip. Move that mouse! Venture down that lonely alley or country byway. Look around. Street View isn't just a directional aid. It's an explorer's tool. Have a wonderful trip!

Shadows on Summer Street
page 50, The Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection
Google Street View, Sept 2014

(most likely location of the Double Thread Sewing Company offices, Boston MA)
This blog originated unexpectedly as a by-product of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection. The author found himself enjoying Google Street View entirely too much, snipping here and there contemporary photos of locations of largely northeastern American businesses in the 19th century. When the indexing of the Arnold collection is complete (don't hold your breath) the author intends to return here to develop this blog further.

As of 2016 an increasing number of photographers are modifying, organizing and incorporating Google Street View images in their works of art. Although experience in photography is helpful, anybody with patience can clip the 9 eyes' images. Time Magazine's 2012 article "Street View and Beyond: Google's Influence on Photography" gives a good overview of the state of the art at that time.

Meanwhile, to see what I'm up to currently, join the over 645,309 folks who have viewed my posts page!

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24 June 2016

Steel Windows

Steel Windows

The Bethlehem Exhibition
(updated 21 July 2016)

Once "protected by pistol-packing mamas," Bethlehem Steel was central to the success of the United States in peace and war. As you review the photos below, you will not hear what workers and neighbors described as the "constant booming" of the plant. Companion to many generations, today the pulse of the plant can only be imagined by the scope of its gargantuan local footprint, nine and a half miles long.

map adapted from brokenbushandroundtop,
"This map was used by truck delivery people to identify the various truck dock locations."
C. Gallo, 18 January 1979
The easiest way to comprehend the impact of Bethlehem Steel is to watch the PBS documentary on its history (YouTube, ~1 hr. 20 min.) :

"Bethlehem Steel: the
People Who Built America" 

Local efforts in preservation and restoration were incomplete as of 2011 when many of these Google Street View photos were taken. Much progress transforming the former headquarters facilities of Bethlehem Steel has been made. New tenants and uses are everywhere. Transformation, however, is a tricky deal that never ends. Working with change, rather than resisting change, is always a challenge.

Here's a flyover of the Bethlehem Steel complex in 2015: YouTube (3:30 min.)

If you're not an Ozzy Osbourne fan, mute the sound.
Select HD 1080 for clearest viewing.
"Flying Above Bethlehem Steel" by Jerry D.
Outsourced from "Flying Above Bethlehem Steel" above,
trees sprout from the furnaces. It appears they
germinated shortly after the plant closed.
Nature calls this process "succession."
Photo below is of the upper floor of the former
"Central Tool Machine Shop," # 178 on the map.
Click [GSV] to view in Google Street View
Charles F. Mohr (retired 1981, died March, 2002) was a supervisor in the central machine tool shop.

Michael A. Racosky (retired 1960, died 1986) was a machinist and setter in the central machine tool shop. Monster lists a machinist/setter's duties and required skills in 2016 as:
CNC Operator Machinist Job Duties:
  • Plans machining by studying work orders, blueprints, engineering plans, materials, specifications, orthographic drawings, reference planes, locations of surfaces, and machining parameters; interpreting geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T).
  • Plans stock inventory by checking stock to determine amount available; anticipating needed stock; placing and expediting orders for stock; verifying receipt of stock.
  • Programs mills and lathes by entering instructions, including zero and reference points; setting tool registers, offsets, compensation, and conditional switches; calculating requirements, including basic math, geometry, and trigonometry; proving part programs.
  • Sets-up mills and lathes by installing and adjusting three- and four-jaw chucks, tools, attachments, collets, bushings, cams, gears, stops, and stock pushers; indicating vices; tramming heads.
  • Loads feed mechanism by lifting stock into position.
  • Verifies settings by measuring positions, first-run part, and sample workpieces; adhering to international standards.
  • Maintains specifications by observing drilling, grooving, and cutting, including turning, facing, knurling and thread chasing operations; taking measurements; detecting malfunctions; troubleshooting processes; adjusting and reprogramming controls; sharpening and replacing worn tools; adhering to quality assurance procedures and processes.
  • Maintains safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations.
  • Maintains equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs.
  • Maintains continuity among work shifts by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs.
  • Documents actions by completing production and quality logs.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading technical publications.
  • Accomplishes organization goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
CNC Operator Machinist Skills and Qualifications:Conceptual Skills, Process Improvement, Verbal Communication, Functional and Technical Skills, Controls and Instrumentation, Supply Management, Tooling, Coordination, Inventory Control, Attention to Detail, Judgment

Richard H. Kleintrop worked as First Floor Foreman in the central machine tool shop for 45 years. Watching his grandson play baseball gave him great joy.

Richard H. Kleintop Obituary
Richard H. Kleintrop
(31 March 1916 - 19 March 2012)

Raymond Howard Hinkle (died 12 July 1971) worked at the central machine tool shop for a number of years.

Shown below is the "No.4 Shop" (# 173)
The "No. 4 shop" housed many Bethelehem Steel activities. The image shows a part of the building housing "Construction/Air Condit"[ioning?]. Also located within these walls were the Safety Shop and the Bearing Center:



[GSV]  Hooked




[GSV]  ArtsQuest Center,
reflects one of the best redevelopment projects I've seen anywhere!

to be continued....

12 June 2016

Restaurants in passing: The Flo-Jean, Port Jervis NY

updated 15 July 2016

Note to readers: +Thom Marion has added some comments to this post that are highly recommended reading for railfans and others interested in transportation or regional history. Click on "comments" at the end of this post & tell the browser to display them all. Your efforts will be greatly rewarded!

"Pub. by Planned Color Advertising Inc., Stroudsburg PA
Made by Dexter, West Nyack NY"
(from inscription on back of card)
Permanence. As a child, I thought everything that was had always been and would always be. It takes a few years to realize that change is life's certificate of authenticity. The bustling railroad towns of Port Jervis and Middletown NY I knew in the 1950s are now just memories, personal experiences shared with fewer and fewer of my contemporaries.

Sometimes as a consequence of community decline and occasionally due to changes in customer preference or competition, staid old landmark restaurants pass into history. Featured here are a few I have known and some I wish I had known. All have passed into history.

The Flo-Jean, Port Jervis NY

Google Earth spots the long, rambling Flo-Jean restaurant building between the Delaware River
and Water Street. Throughout its history, the Flo-Jean was both blessed and threatened by its riverside location. This restaurant had an excellent reputation for quality service and good food. In my mind, it never fully took advantage of the river views. On occasion, however, the Delaware became a bit too personal, depositing fresh fish and other aquatic life inside the building.
Flo-Jean "Party Room, serving Dinners, Weddings and Banquets for all occasions." (source: post card published by Valence Color Publishers, Canadensis PA. Genuine Natural Color made by Dexter Press, Inc., West Nyack NY.")  I don't remember which of the dining rooms my family ate in, but we always thought of the Flo-Jean as a special family place and favorite destination.  Note the green ash trays from the era when smoke-filled dining rooms were the rule. Outside of gas stations and library stacks, nobody had ever heard of non-smoking areas! 
The Flo-Jean incorporated in its complex the toll house for the once-busy
bridge across the Delaware. The Flo-Jean's "Toll House Bar" displayed
this original sign "to remind many of our older guests of stories of Toll
paying days." (source: postcard by Jo[h]n Valence, Stroudsburg PA)
Here's a look at some of the conveyances listed on the Toll sign:

4 wheeled pleasure carriage as seen on eBay listing 272270688242 Mikeamie07
Stage wagon ride (YouTube ~3 min.)

Chaise, from the
Archives of Pearson Scott Foresman, donated to the Wikimedia Foundation
"Once busy" describes the Port Jervis area very well. It was a canal town, then a railroad town and is now bypassed by intercity traffic altogether. At a time when all traffic passed over the Delaware at Port Jervis, the Flo-Jean prospered. Its prosperity continued through various owners during the time when the Erie Railroad's freight traffic was sorted out in the nearby yards.

As detailed in the comments area below by +Thom Marion, the importance of Port Jervis as a transportation center declined. (Thom corrects my incorrect notion that the Lackawanna was favored over the Erie when the railroads merged and adds other interesting historical detail.) Interstate traffic that used to pass through town past the Flo-Jean took the new Route 84 bridge over the Delaware. In the 1960s, I boarded one of the last passenger trains from Binghamton through Port Jervis to my home in Middletown NY. 

Water Street, at the Flo-Jean's front door, shows the effects of this transportation shift. Vacant storefronts and detiorating facades are too common. Many buildings have been torn down, including most associated with the Erie Railroad operations. The contemporary picture is brightened by the rehabilitation of the Erie Depot, but the Flo-Jean's demolition was unavoidable. Operating a restaurant that nobody passes by anymore in a decaying, ramshackle complex of haphazardly connected individual buildings occasionally invaded by flood waters is too much of a challenge.

(Google Street View)
"Toll House
This building, a toll house
for the bridge spanning the
Delaware from 1871-1922,
was incorporated into the
Flo-Jean restaurant in 1929."
From the Mid-Delaware bridge, this Street View shows the Delaware side of the rambling Flo-Jean complex, consisting of many "incorporations." The old toll house building is on the right.
Tolls were collected by the Barrett Bridge Company until 1922.
The restored (1986) Erie Depot. Trains passed by to your left. From the historical marker:
"Built in 1892, enlarged in
1912, this building served
as the Delaware Division's
largest station until its
closing in the mid-1970s."
The Erie Hotel still welcomes patrons next door to the restored Erie Depot.
the new depot
Port Jervis is the northern terminus of Metro-North, which operates commuter service between there and New York City on the southern portion of the old Erie line. It's a long commute, but the Port Jervis area has many attractions as a bedroom community. 
Google Earth's Port Jervis with areas of interest highlighted.
[click to enlarge]
The Flo-Jean Restaurant is located at the top center of the Google Earth image above, with the old Erie station at lower left, the new Metro North station lower center and the former Erie roundhouse floor with turntable lower right.

By far the best aerial photo of the restaurant I have found is  https://ssl.panoramio.com/photo/127991564 (reproduced below) by Anuar T.

View of the bridge from Port Jervis, NY to Matamoras, PA 
The Flo-Jean stretches along the near side of the Delaware
"beginning" at the base of the bridge,
at the intersection of Pike & Water Streets.

A few blocks east of the Flo-Jean, Pike Street tunnels under the remaining two of what used to be a dozen or so tracks of the old Erie Railroad on its way to the bridge over the Delaware where the Flo-Jean location at the Water Street intersection used to be prime commercial territory.

Below are aspects of the Pike Street Tunnel as captured by Google Street View, and the skeleton of a similar underpass for Sleepy Hollow Road further north along the old Erie line.

Sturdy architecture, meant to last for ages. Towers of lights illuminated the Erie freight yards as
watchmen kept a careful eye on activities. While the freight yard bustled above, traffic was heavy
on Pike Street as intercity travelers headed for the Delaware bridge on America's famous
east-west artery, Route 6. (Google Street View, Oct 2015)
Interstate 84 made short work of traffic on Route 6 while rail traffic withered as the federal
government built public rights of way for auto & truck traffic. Compared to the thousands of
miles of private rights of way maintained by rail companies, which paid taxes on them, their
competition, trucking companies using free interstate highways, had an advantage.
(Google Street View modified in Picasa)
Today, the Pike Street freight yard underpass is as a deserted as a Roman ruin. As you can see in the picture above, it's been years since even graffiti artists paid any attention to the walls!

Pike Street Tunnel (Street View)
Sleepy Hollow Road underpass
Remnants of Erie days are imprinted all over Port Jervis. In the late 1950s, when my grandfather Diver's employer, the New York Ontario and Western railroad collapsed, leaving Middletown NY without one of its major employers, I used to envy Port Jervis residents, who still had a working railroad. I would never have imagined Port Jervis would suffer the same fate, but it's all part of the same process, national infrastructure collapse.

The footprint of the old Erie roundhouse is clearly outlined in this Google Earth photo.
As I understand it, the turntable still works.
No. 833 at rest on the Erie turntable - October, 2015.
Power for the New York & Greenwood Lake Railway is rusting comfortably within the
footprint of the old Erie Roundhouse. By the way, the Minisink Valley Historical Society
has great information on regional railroads.
4/27/2013: Metro North Port Jervis Line; #75 @ Port Jervis Station; Port Jervis, NY by Philip M. Goldstein (YouTube: ~3min.)

Port Jervis, Still a Railroad Town by dumbbuff
(YouTube: ~7min.)

On the occasion of the Flo-Jean's demolition in October, 2015 the Times-Herald Record published a summary of the restaurant's history and a series of pictures by Jessica Cohen in which it was noted the present owner, Lynn Wallace Gallo,
"...did save the Toll House sign displaying toll rates, guest books with comments going back to the 1930s, plus boxes of photos and news articles. She donated much to the Minisink [Valley] Historical Society, which will have an exhibit of Flo-Jean’s memorabilia...."
The Pocono Record also published an article with photos of the demolition, noting the restaurant's origins as follows:
"Inspired by a fishing trip with novelist Zane Grey, General Motors executive Harold Dalrymple built Flo-Jean's El Patio Tea Shop in 1929, named for his wife, Florence, and her sister Jean."

The author of this blog has attempted to correctly apply terms and conditions to Content. These pages and associated images are being made available exclusively for use in non-commercial and non-profit study, scholarship, research, or teaching . Researchers are responsible for using these materials in accordance with Title 17 of the United States Code and any other applicable statutes. All trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress, product names and logos appearing on this blog are the property of their respective owners.. In the event that any Content infringes your rights or Content is not properly identified or acknowledged please email me. Thanks!