Thursday, January 19, 2012

Change is in the Air

The new year often brings on change. In keeping with that tradition, we are going to change the format of the blog and go to a bi-weekly publication schedule.  This way I can devote some time to other projects and interests.   We will, from time to time, post extra issues just as we have in the past. 

It's not very often that I run across any rolling stock from the old Reading Railroad Company.  This tanker is sitting in Duncansville, PA by the wye switches.

The old Patton High School is finally being demolished.  This project was started months ago but for whatever reasons it's come to halt and no one is sure when the project will be finished.



One of our new favorite places to stop is Desert Flower Wholesale, Inc. on Chambersburg Road in Biglerville, PA.   This place has an awesome outdoor statue, yard ornament, etc. collection but the real treat is when you go inside and see all the other wares for sale.

St. Francis statues

Close-up of metal art.

There is something here for everyone.

There is a large selection of Cinco de Mayo items.

One of several different styles of large gargoyles on display outside.

What would the blog be, especially in January, without some shots of our feathered friends, and one other local critter.

Male Cardinal.

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

Mourning Dove.

Female Cardinal.

Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker

With my wife holding the spotlight I was able to shoot this opossum scavenging for seeds under the bird feeders at 7:30 in the morning.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

York and Gettysburg, PA

This week's blog pictures show some of the places we stopped on an over night road trip to York, PA.

These two photographs were taken in the York County Historical Society in the 200 block of Market Street.  This section of the museum features several displays that depict what shops along a city street would have looked like in the early 1800s.

This printing press was invented by Samuel Rust in 1821. In 1827 Robert Hoe and Company from New York bought the rights to the press and started calling it the Washington Press.   This one was built in approximatley 1840.  It is 6 feet tall and had a bed that was 3 feet, 8 inches wide.

This display shows a typical woodworker's shop.  What you see here is a manually powered wood lathe and various tools used in the trade.

It seems like every time I visit Central Market in York, PA there are fewer of the old style market stalls and more of the upscale yuppy-type moving in.  Central Market is starting to look like the food court at the mall.

Mezzogiorano's Italian style restaurant.

What had once been a normal looking piano is now an advertisement for York Little Theatre. It is still played on Saturdays.

One of the new vendors is this bakery called "The Pie Shop".  We had a breakfast bacon, egg and cheese pie that was really good.

Only two or three of the old green grocer stands are still in business at the market.

This old Ahrens Meats sign was recently uncovered when the Maple Donut Company closed their stand in the market after more than 50 years of doing business at this location.

Bairs Fried Chicken just inside the Penn Street entrance to the market.  It's open the three market days -- Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.

Another of the new stalls in market is this pasta market.

Teriyaki Express gives an oriental look to the old market house.

This bake shop just outside market is run by students of the School of Culinary Arts.  The two buildings that make up the school on 7th Avenue in York were once a cigar factory and my Uncle Lloyd's barber shop.  The barber shop building now serves as the school office.

Central Market is one of the few places where raw milk can still be bought.  If you look closely you can see the cream on the top!

The New Oxford Train Station as it would have appeared back around the time of the Civil War.

Shops along Route 30 as it passes through Gettysburg, PA.

This monument is dedicated to the 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry, 2nd Brigade 1st Division Cavalry Corps Army of the Potomac.

Army of Northern Virginia, 10 pound Parrotts cannon  Ewell's Corps' Rode's Division  used to fire on the Union positions near the Chambersburg Pike.

Eternal Light Peace Memorial at the Gettysburg National Military Park. It wasn't a very pretty day but the sun was trying to make is way through the cloud cover.

This Napolean cannon was used by Carter's Battalion, Page's Battery of the Army of Northern Virginia, also part of Ewell's Corps.

My attempt at making a photograph look had it been shot during the 1860s.