Category Archives: Guest Contributor

Webb’s Clothing – Walton, NY


Main Street © Vito Berretta



Greyhound Terminal – Binghamton, NY

Vito Berretta

© Vito Berretta

Views from the Bowery Hotel – YMCA – Men Welcome, Lodging, Meals, Employment – Rosario Dawson

© Rosario Dawson

© Tamelyn (Flickr Photostream)

M & M Pharmacy Neon – Midwood, Brooklyn – Vito Berretta

Avenue M & East 19th Street © Vito Berretta

© Vito Berretta

Google Images

The Warehouse – Prescott, AZ – Richard M. Coda – Featured Fade

The Warehouse, Prescott, AZ, 2010 by Richard M. Coda

Dempsey’s Liquor Store – Mail Pouch Tobacco – Waterloo, NY – Featured Fade

© Isaac Hattem

Between Seneca & Cayuga Lakes in the Finger Lake region of New York State is the town of Waterloo, named after the Belgian town where Napoleon didn’t have such a good day in 1815. My buddy Isaac, who I met in Yellowstone last summer, was traveling from Ithaca to Buffalo and shot this for me, almost incredulously.

Elsewhere on the Internet:

Terremoto y tsunami – Earthquake & tsunami – Concepción, Chile 2010 – Diego Morales Aguilera

My name is Diego. I´m 23 years old I live in Concepción the second largest city of Chile. It all began the night of Saturday, 27 February at 3.35am…I was sleeping when suddenly I awoke from violent movements. I was so frightened that my nose spontaneously started to bleed and continued to for a long while. I was trying to run out of the building but the earth did not let me. I lost everything inside my flat, but I’m so lucky to be alive… 800 people died in my country and more then 1500 lost their houses. The earthquake was 8.8 degrees on the Richter. We’ve been knocked down, but we are strong, we are trying to get up as fast as we can…

Here are some images Diego posted on his Facebook page of the aftermath. These images of the destruction in his home town were shot on Monday, March 1st with a Handy Cam:

There are no hazard signs for dangers in the road © Diego Morales Aguilera

© Diego Morales Aguilera

Footwear Repairs © Diego Morales Aguilera

Effects of the tsunami © Diego Morales Aguilera

Resignation © Diego Morales Aguilera

© Diego Morales Aguilera

The military arrives behind schedule © Diego Morales Aguilera

© Diego Morales Aguilera

Diego calls this the ICONIC image of the Chilean Earthquake © EMOL dot com

We are Chileans and this earthquake won´t keep us down…”  – Diego Morales Aguilera

Diego suggested that donations be sent to a Chilean relief organization called Chile Ayudar a Chile [Chile Fundraiser Aims to Ignite Fundraising Efforts – Huffington Post].

Chile Earthquake Relief – How you can helpHuffington Post

Barbary Coast – San Diego’s ‘In Spot’ – New California Theatre – San Diego, CA – Mitch Paluszek

© Mitch Paluszek

The picture was taken from the corner of 3rd Ave and B Street in downtown San Diego; the building on which this is painted is at 4th and C. The building itself is a gem; the old “California Theater.” Shuttered now. – Mitch Paluszek

Saturated and hue altered to enhance text by Frank H. Jump - picture by Mitch Paluszek

This Spanish Colonial Revival theater was built in 1927 and seated over 2200 patrons. Once a premiere venue for the city, the theater has been in disuse for decades. Although the California was renovated in 1988, two years later it was again scheduled for demolition. Now, in addition to restorations, plans call for a wide redevelopment of the entire area, which should bring the theater back into the spotlight and out from the shadows of time.Cinema Treasures

Courtesy of San Diego Historical Society

Courtesy of San Diego Historical Society

Courtesy of San Diego Historical Society

Interior shot courtesy of San Diego Historical Society.

Second Anniversary Birthday Cake - San Diego Historical Society

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night Premiere - San Diego Historical Society

The New California Theatre was one of the last two old movie palaces (Balboa being the other) . When opened in 1927, it was heralded as “the cathedral of the motion picture” and “an enduring contribution to the artistic beauty of the entire Southland”. Ceilings were gold leaf, murals were scattered throughout the theatre. A huge Wurlitzer organ was installed. The theatre had a seating capacity of 2200. The Aztec Theatre on Fifth was built in 1905 as a meat market and entered the show business in 1919 as the California Theatre — it became the Aztec in 1930, allowing the New California Theatre to drop the “New.”

The New California Theatre was owned by the West Coast Theatres and backed by San Diegan C. S. Judson. At its grand opening on April 22, 1927, the theatre presented Constance Talmadge and Antonio Moreno in “The Venus of Venice”, Fanchon and Marco’s “Book ideas”, and Al Lyons and his band. Bernard’s Inc., an apparel store for women, occupied the entire second floor in 1927. Movies were discontinued in 1976, but the theatre was available for special performances.

The architecture is Spanish Colonial Revival and combines theatre, shops, and office in a three-level, reinforced concrete structure. The nine-story portion faces Fourth Avenue and incorporates theatre entrance and offices. The proscenium area is six stories and the auditorium almost five stories. The parapets of the flat roofs have red tile trim, decorated cornices and dentils or arched corbeling. Bands of cast ornamentation continue around the building at various levels and are trimmed with urns. Some windows have arches and baroque surrounds.

The side walls of the auditorium imitate a Spanish church. The “C” Street wall of the rear has a sign painted on it. On the office section, the windows are recessed and plain in style from the fifth floor upwards. A small penthouse is on the north side of the roof. The marquee faces Fourth Avenue. Cement quoins marking the corners of the first three floors include niches for statuary.

The Old Globe Theatre used the California Theatre downtown while its Balboa Park home was rebuilt after the 1978 arson fire.

A 1988 renovation of the building restored much of the appearance of the 1920s. The marquee “circus” box office was removed, new carpeting was installed, and the ornate sculptural decorations were restored. There were some changes made in the marquee. The building appears much as it did when built.

The building was scheduled for demolition in the summer of 1990 but is still standing in 2000. The Wurlitzer organ was moved to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Spring Valley, but in March of 1996, an arson fire destroyed the organ console and most of the pipework. – San Diego Historical Society

Mitch- I didn’t find much on the Barbary Coast – San Diego’s “In Spot” but I did find these cool  movie posters  (Barbary Coast – and maps of the actual Barbary Coast!

Samuel Goldwyn presents Barbary Coast - United Artists - Internet Movie Poster Awards Gallery (IMPA)

From the Halls of Moctezuma to the shores of Tripoli - Marine Corps - Barbary Wars

Lahaina Printsellers - Printsellers dot com

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Synagogues of Savannah – Shalom Y’all! – Richard McBee

Congregation Mickve Israel

Congregation Mickve Israel, Savannah GA - © Richard McBee

Congregation Mickve Israel, Savannah GA - © Richard McBee

Bnai Brith Jacob Synagogue

Congregation Mickve Israel - © Richard McBee

Congregation Mickve Israel - © Richard McBee

Check out Rantourage’s posting on the art and life of Richard McBee

Images of ‘Gents Furnishings’ on the Internet

Seigman & Wherleys Gents Furnishings - Glen Rock, Pennsylvania - kyfireenginephoto's Flickr

circa 1903 - Chronicling America - Library of Congress (CLICK FOR PDF)

Ben Freedman - 137 Orchard Street NYC

Chronicling America - Library of Congress (CLICK FOR PDF)

May 23, 1887 The first CPR passenger train arrived in Vancouver from Montreal. Locomotive 374, attached to the train at Port Moody, brought it in with Peter Righter at the throttle. (It is often thought #374 pulled the train right across the country. Nope, just from Port Moody.) The choice of Vancouver as the Pacific terminus for the CPR ensured the town’s dominant role in southwestern B.C. - The History of Metropolitan Vancouver

The Daily Star - Fredricksburg, VA - Google News

Lansing 1897 - H. Kositchek & Bros. - Michigan Historical Museum

Sellers of men’s clothing included gents’ furnishings stores and merchant tailors. Dressmakers made custom frocks for women (many worked out of their homes). Sewers might purchase fabric and notions—or ready-to-wear clothing—at a dry goods store. General clothing stores and department stores sold clothing items for men, women, and/or children.

Gent’s Furnishings-  H. Kositchek & Bros. Henry Kositchek came to the United States from his native Bohemia while still in his teens. He settled in the growing mill town of Eaton Rapids, where he opened a store selling dry goods and millinery. Three brothers—Max, Jacob and Adolph—followed Kositchek to Michigan and joined him in business.

Gents’ Furnishings Display In 1889 Henry opened a men’s clothing store, H. Kositchek & Bros., in Lansing. The business operates today at the same address as in 1897: 113 N. Washington Avenue. – Michigan Historical Museum

Noun 1. gent’s (men’s) furnishings – the drygoods sold by a haberdasher – haberdashery drygoods, soft goods – textiles or clothing and related merchandise – The Free Dictionary

Kew Forest Maintenance Supply Co. – Featured Fade – Aric Wilt

© Aric Wilt

Kew Forest Maintenance Supply Co. - Aric Wilt

© Aric Wilt


This is on Austin Street in Forest Hills…half a block east of Yellowstone Blvd. Looks like “Kew” is Kew Gardens and the “Forest” is Forest Hills.


Featured Fade – Ithaca Sign Works – Seneca & State Streets – Ithaca, NY

© Isaac Hattem

© Isaac Hattem

© Isaac Hattem

© Isaac Hattem

Then and Now, from Signs to Websites.

Started by Ogilvie Stanford in 1879 with the help of Rockwell Gager. Ithaca Sign Works produced cloth, tin and wooden signs; novelties like yard sticks, match safes, knife sharpeners, fly swatters, and spare tire covers. They printed or painted such items as advertisements for other companies all over the country. – Ithaca Sign Works

M & O Cigars – David Mills in Globe, Arizona

M&O Cigars - Globe Arizona
© David Mills – Mills Family

This was sent from David Mills-

Hi Frank

The photos are from a building in Globe Arizona an old mining town. The building was constructed in 1938 located at 401 North Broad Street in Globe Arizona. The majority of the buildings in the town are brick construction, however, at some point in time the property owners started to stucco over the top of the brick. Sometime in the past couple years the stucco was removed and the ads were underneath the stucco.

I saw your blog, you must have spent some time on that one. Keep up the good work, I enjoy your photos.


David Mills

Thanks David!