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.
Monday, August 14, 2017
“Everyone is entitled to his own nostalgia.”
~ James Wolcott
~ born 1952
Summer, Americana and Coca-Cola go together like mom, Chevrolet and apple pie, as seen on an early September afternoon at Chantilly Goods and Weissport Washboard in historic Weissport, Pennsylvania.
Chantilly Goods is an old fashion ice cream parlor, vintage soda fountain and candy shoppe. Walking into this old time soda shoppe is like stepping back in time into a 1920s and 1930s soda fountain.
Inside and outside, it’s a wonderful scoop of Americana, a real vintage gem … with sprinkles on top!
Chantilly Goods is located near the Weissport Trailhead of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail) and rents surreys (multiple-person bikes) to ride on the trail.
Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.