Monthly Archives: February 2008

Sean Strub Stirs Up a Cultural Phenomenon in NEPA @ Hotel Fauchére – Milford, PA

Sean Strub – activist, humanitarian, publisher, real estate developer, patron of the arts, and hotelier & restaurateur – creates a cultural vortex in Northeastern PA.

Bar Louis

Last week I had the pleasure of stopping by my old friend Sean’s restaurant for lunch. We’ve been meaning to get there for some time, but boy are we glad we finally did. Anyone who appreciates fine dining in a pastoral and historical setting will be truly thrilled at their visit at the historic Hotel Fauchére.

The hotel’s namesake Louis Fauchére , will have his 185th birthday celebrated on March 4. Here is a brief history of this famous chef taken from the Fauchére website:

Louis Fauchère was born March 4, 1823, in Verbey, Switzerland, one of thirteen children. He began his apprenticeship as a cook, at the age of fifteen, being afterward employed in various prominent hotels in Switzerland. He married Rosalie Perrochet, in Switzerland, on November 16, 1846 and they had one daughter, Marie, who was born May 4, 1848. Louis ultimately emigrated to the US in 1851 where he soon found employment as a Master Chef at New York’s famous Delmonico’s Restaurant. In his early career in the US, he also worked (probably in the summertime) at Delavan House in Albany and at the Fort William Henry Hotel on Lake George.

There are regularly scheduled cultural events at the hotel ranging from chamber music concerts, live jazz, and other culinary and arts events. The hotel is beautifully decorated and houses a fine collection of Hudson River School paintings.

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Bar Louis

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

The Lobby

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Formal Dining

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

The Lounge & Sun Room

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

The Rooms

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Ample Parking

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA
© Frank H. Jump

Sean Strub

Hotel Fauchére - Milford, PA

Sean Strub is as an activist, writer, fundraiser and publisher who has been involved in GLBT community activism for more than 30 years.

Strub founded POZ magazine, for people impacted by HIV/AIDS, in 1994. Strub’s companies also launched POZ en Espanol, Mamm (for women impacted by breast cancer), Real Health (a health title for the African-American community) and Milford Magazine (a regional title distributed in the Delaware River Highlands area of northeast Pennsylvania).

In recent years, Strub has been involved in a community redevelopment project in Milford, Pennsylvania, involving investment in public infrastructure, launching cultural festivals, private sector historic preservation efforts and renovation and reopening of the Hotel Fauchére, an historic boutique hotel and culinary destination which Strub owns with a partner.

A native Iowan, Strub attended a Jesuit boarding school in Wisconsin, then Georgetown and Columbia Universities. He lives in Milford, Pennsylvania and New York City.

Other reviews: Fauchére Press Page: Chowhound; Historic Hotels; Narrowsburg NY’s River Reporter.

Hotel Fauchére, 401 Broad Street, Milford PA 18337 USA, 570.409.1212, info@hotelfauchere.com

Bob’s Restaurant Revisited – Nearly Five Years Later – Avenue H & Troy Avenue – East Flatbush, Brooklyn

Bob's Restaurant Revisited
© Frank H. Jump

“Beer On Draught”

Umberto Brothers Storage Warehousing Inc. – “Record Storage” – West Side Highway, Tribeca

Umberto Brothers Storage Warehousing Inc.
© Frank H. Jump

Bob’s Restaurant – Avenue H & Troy – East Flatbush, Brooklyn – April, 2003

Bob's Restaurant - Avenue H Brooklyn
© Frank H. Jump

Woodhaven Live Poultry Market circa 1915 – Woodhaven, Queens NY

Woodhaven Live Poultry Market c.1915
© Vincenzo Aiosa

William Francis Buckley, Jr. Finally Joins Dead Homophobes Club – November 24, 1925 – February 27, 2008

Wikipedia

Back in the beginning of the AIDS crisis, Buckley suggested all HIV+ Americans get visibly tattooed to warn and protect the public. Very soon after this Machiavellian suggestion, Buckley had a biopsy sent to a laboratory where an AIDS activist from ACT-UP was a technician. When becoming aware it was Buckley’s biopsy, the diagnosis of “Kaposi Sarcoma” was sent out. To Buckley’s horror, that he may have contracted an AIDS related cancer, he was re-biopsied and coincidentally, the same lab tech received the specimen and the same diagnosis was sent. Biopsy Terrorism. Ah. Sweet Revenge. Good riddance to bad karma.

READ No More Mr. Nice Blog’s posting!
ABC Whitewashes Buckley – Neo-Nazis Don’t

Buckley Calls Gore Vidal A “Queer” on Live TV 1968But during one of the TV debates at the 1968 Democrat Convention between the highly erudite William F. Buckley, Jr. and the celebrated novelist Gore Vidal, Buckley called Gore a “goddamn queer” and threatened to beat him up. – Sweetness & Light

“Now listen, you queer- stop calling me a crypto-Nazi, or I’ll sock you in your goddamn face and you’ll stay plastered.”—To Gore Vidal, 1968  Ooooh! I’m sure Gore was just shakin’ in his go-go boots!

DC Republican calls us a “leftist blog.”

READ RADAR’S WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY’S GREATEST HITS

Behind Newkirk Plaza – Before & After Renovations – Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

BEFORE RENOVATIONS: July 7, 2007

Newkirk Chemist - Newkirk Plaza, Brooklyn

Newkirk Chemist - Newkirk Plaza, Brooklyn

Newkirk Chemist - Newkirk Plaza, Brooklyn

Newkirk Chemist - Newkirk Plaza, Brooklyn

Newkirk Sealtest - Newkirk Plaza, Brooklyn

AFTER RENOVATIONS: February 24, 2008

Newkirk Chemist - Newkirk Plaza, Brooklyn

Newkirk Pharmacy

Newkirk Hairstylist

Newkirk Hairstylist - Look Better, Feel Better

Newkirk Hairstylist
© Frank H. Jump

“Look Better – Feel Better”

Still a touch of the old gray left behind.

OUCH! Bandwidth Overage Charges Hit Fading Ad Blog Hard

Royal We

PLEASE CLICK ON THE “ROYAL WE” above if we so care to.

We have been so popular lately (thank you) that we seriously went over our bandwidth allotment with Earthlink (by the end of February, we may rack up thousands in overage charges). Earthlink is not willing to negotiate and we need to rethink our ten year relationship with them.

But in the meantime, at the risk of sounding desperate, we are asking for donations if we have ever enjoyed this site. Please visit our PayPal donation account. Your pennies will either make a difference or else we will HAVE to sell the crown jewels.

Perhaps we need to make our images less lush (in megabytes) and find a server company that isn’t so expensive and unreasonable. Any bloggerly advice would be surely welcomed. Maybe we even have to ADVERTISE! Heavens the thought – a blog about advertising advertising!

The official PAYPAL seal is also on our website. WE thank you for your continued interest in this blog.

Sincerely,
Frank Jump
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Ralph’s of Chamber Street – Since 1963 – Tribeca, NYC

Ralph's of Chamber Street
© Frank H. Jump

This shop was across the street from the Chamber Street mannikins I posted last summer. Racked.com reported in May 2007:

Tribeca: Ralph’s Discount City, which we glean from Downtown Express was one of the last great cheapie grocery/convenience stores south of Canal Street, has closed up shop for good. The store, located at 91-95 Chambers Street, will be torn down to make way for a 6-story condo building from developer S. Myles Group. [Downtown Express]

Bannons Café, Ruppert’s Beers – Astoria, Queens

Bannon's Café - Astoria, Queens

Bannon's Café - Astoria, Queens
© Frank H. Jump

Vintage Ruppert Beer ad
I found this photo on Waymarking.com posted by HaLiJuSaPa. Below is their description:

Long Description:
The ad is for Ruppert Beer, a major New York area brewery during the first half of the 20th century. It’s founder, Col. Jacob Ruppert, owned the New York Yankees during their 1920’s dynasty and is the person who bought Babe Ruth in 1919 from Harry Frazee’s Boston Red Sox and began “the curse of the Bambino”

Until the building in front of it was knocked down a few years ago, this ad was “covered up”.

Vintage Ruppert Beer ad

Ebay
Ebay

New & Used Cars (Wholesale & Retail) – Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Used Car Sales - Bed-Stuy

New & Used Car Sales - Bed-Stuy
© Frank H. Jump

Plexiglass – before graffiti – South Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Plexiglass - Williamsburg

Plexiglass - Williamsburg
© Frank H. Jump

I’ve recently posted this ad and have noticed that it has gotten some traffic. Here is the sign before the “graffiti artist” got to it. Hurry advertisers!

Plexiglass - Williamsburg
©Frank H. Jump

Baptista Search Uncovers Vintage Gems

Auctiva.com

Library of Congress Archival Image

Above are images Robert Baptista (colorantshistory.org) found while commenting on some of my Pearline Soap postings. Pearline Soap ad: Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Baptista’s invaluable comments on this blog are worth being their own postings. Hey Robert- let me just make you a co-editor already! Below are his comments plus the hi-res links to these images.

James Pyle made soap at 350 Washington St. in Manhattan in the 1860s. The product was sold in grocery stores as Pyle’s O.K. Soap. He later moved the factory to 414 Washington St. and sold Pearline Soap in one-pound packages at 15 cents per package. It was a coarse white powder formulated with sodium carbonate for washing clothes. A colorful vintage ad can be seen at the link: -)

A fascinating period photo is at the Library of Congress which depicts a little girl sitting on opened crates of Pearline washing compound, crying. She apparently mistook the small boxes for Crackerjacks! The link is -)

The Pearline Soap factory is being converted to condominiums with a cool $5 million starting price. Photos, a map, and more old Pearline ads are at this link -)

Photo Basement’s Forty-One Hilarious Science Fair Experiments

PS119 Science Fair 2007

PS119 Science Fair 2007

Schorndorfer Ammonia
© Frank H. Jump

A couple of days ago, a colleague forwarded this hilarious blog posting at Photo Basement: 41 Hilarious Science Fair Experiments. We had put our dog ThelmaLu down and it was the first time I had laughed (or stopped crying) since. Since I do teach elementary science, I am a bit biased about my students’ science fair projects. The above images are from the Flatlands Amersfort School Science Fair 2007 and are not part of the 41 spoof. But I must say, for elementary school aged kids, they really rank amongst the Middle & High School calibre projects I’ve seen. And do they know their audience when they use vintage images of products or don’t they know their audience?

Henry L. Schorndorfer of Cleveland OH was a chemist and went into business with founder of Zipp Manufacturing Company – John Zipp in 1885 – the makers of Root Beer. Click here for a detailed PDF of the Zipp company. Schorndorfer later opened the Schorndorfer & Eberhard Co. Schorndorfer’s company was also known for making food extracts and in this image above, ammonia and cleaning products. Below are two Google Books archives citing the Schorndorfer & Eberhard Co:

Google Books

Schorndorfer & Eberhard

According to the Annual Statistical Report of the Secretary General of Ohio – 1921, the Schorndorfer company name was officially changed to the Stern Bros. Co.

Schorndorfer & Eberhard

The trail ends there. Any leads?

Vintage Emigrant Bank Ad Shot @ The Virtual Dime Museum

Emigrant Bank - NYPL
NYPL Archival Photo

Read Lidian’s detailed genealogical investigations as well as view some great vintage ads!