Showing posts from June, 2016

Steel Windows

Steel Windows The Bethlehem Exhibition (updated 8 February 2020) 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

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

updated 31 August 2019 "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 thre

Arles, France: Searching for Iris and Sunflowers

updated 3 June 2016 When Street View guided me down West Montgomery Avenue in Philadelphia , one of the murals I saw was "Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles ." Not long after, I visited the profiles page of one of my Google+ followers and found that the Van Gogh painting " Field with Flowers Near Arles , 1888 " was posted there. So of course, I had to go there! Arles traces its history back to the Romans, as Wikipedia explains . It was founded by Rome as a retreat for Roman soldiers. The area is host to several Roman ruins, but they are not the only tourist draw. Climate and civic atmosphere combine with history to make Arles well worth visiting  (Tripadvisor). Rick Steves' Europe: YouTube  (4 min.) Major tourist destinations can be hard for some of us to find, however. With the aid of Google Maps, I did locate two: The Roman Arena The Arena at Arles was constructed for the usual bloody purposes of empire by the Romans. It is thought by so