Wednesday, August 28, 2019
“I can’t imagine there has ever been a more gratifying time or place to be alive than America in the 1950s. No country had ever known such prosperity.”
~ Bill Bryson
~ American-British author
~ born 1951
People line up for a taste of summer –with a cup of retro on the side – in the waning days of August at the Canalside Cup in Williams Township, Easton, Pennsylvania, along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail).
The Canalside Cup serves up ice cream, funnel cake fries, burgers, hot dogs and the like with a retro vibe, as 1950s music plays over speakers outside where shaded picnic tables beckon patrons to soak up the scenic view while they nosh.
I captured this image after starting out from the Theodore Roosevelt Recreation Area Trailhead at Delaware Canal State Park, Raubsville. After walking I grabbed a bite at the Canalside Cup for the first time and it was great. I also enjoyed eating outside as strains of “Earth Angel” and other ‘50s hits wafted through the air. My only complaint is I didn’t hear any Elvis Presley tunes during my visit, maybe next time!
The trail is positioned between the Delaware River and Delaware Canal, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978. The site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.
Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
“I love the nostalgic myself. I hope we never lose some of the things of the past.”
~ Walt Disney
My vintage Uncle Sam’s 3 Coin Register Bank is displayed on a swing among the autumn leaves on a beautiful late November afternoon at the Bethlehem Rose Garden, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
This bank was my Dad’s when he was a child, and it eventually became my bank when I was kid, and I love it (I hope he doesn’t want it back now!)
First made in 1907, the Uncle Sam’s 3 Coin Register Banks made their way to many kids and adults from the 1920s-1970s. Once you deposit more than 25 cents into its cash register-shaped slot and pull the lever, the money is locked in and only opens in the front when it reaches $10 and the numbers turn over and read 00.00.
I presented the image in sepia to enhance the nostalgic feel.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
~ Dr. Seuss
(Theodore Seuss Geisel)
Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean are seen driving in Texas ranch land in a scene from the 1956 American epic Western drama film “Giant” in my artistic interpretation of their vintage photo showcased at Charlotte Fay’s Main Street Diner, Slatington, Pennsylvania.
Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, is well represented at Charlotte Fay’s, and his music may well be heard playing at this cool and cozy eatery where retro is king.
Other photos on the diner’s walls spotlight retro icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Route 66, and a young Elvis and Johnny Cash posing for a snapshot. There’s also a nod to the New Jersey Seashore and Steel Pier. The large map depicts President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, championed by the then-president when it was formed June 29, 1956.
And of course there’s the tasty food, wonderful to nosh on as you drink in the nostalgic atmosphere. Owner Jason Ruff named the diner after both his great-grandmothers, and uses their recipes.
The menu and atmosphere are the perfect mix to stir up a recipe for success fit for a king.
Background texture by Jai Johnson added for artistic effect.