Friday, October 30, 2009

Bikes Bicycle Cycle

Some old Cycling photo's from the early to mid 1900's. Check everything out from the frames to the clothes. No flashy neon colors, skin tight jersey's, or team cars trailing and coaching every move they make. This is when the rear derailleur was not invented yet and mountain climbs were performed in one single gear. Hmmmmm take that Lance....
Early road gears and I'm sure he is climbing an insane mountain...yikes
The photo above is from the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia circa 1918. Yes Philly once had a Velodrome as most larger city's in the east coast had. These were raced by many blue collar workers within these city's. This is super cool.
Coppi's first Bianchi
The Vigorelli in Milan in the 40's....nothing but Cinelli and Campagnolo on this track.

Tandem Tandem Tandem.......funny, but this is a real race photo from the 30's.

-I looked up the band Antarctica and this is what popped up. Its actually not that bad. Japanimation in full effect? The song Absence comes on at the 1:17 part. It's radical. And the Kid 606 track to start it off isn't too bad either...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I Slept

On these FP polos. I need to get on it ASAP. I know it's not a very winter shirt, but I'm a Fred Perry nut, so it comes to no surprise that I have to cop one.......

Don't look so mad dude, you got a fresh shirt on. Don't be so serious all the time....sucka

Snow Beach

Some flicks of the beach towards the end of the winter in March. It was nice and cold. I took a solo walk over to the beach with a bottle of Morimoto Rouge Imperial Pils. Good stuff and a good time. I love the beach year round. So relaxing and so quiet.

Dirty Work......Dan Steely......I don't like this band at all after he went after De La Soul for some sample in 1989, but this song is dope. It really is. I'll stop the compliments there. And i can't mention Plugs 1-3 without putting them down.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Close To Failure, Far From Perfect....

I first saw Alone In The Wilderness about 4 years ago on PBS. It's one of those documentaries that you have to watch every time that it is on TV. Kinda like the Goonies or Wedding's an addiction. Watching this guy live his life alone with his own thoughts day after day makes me admire him. He wasn't afraid of a thing. The cold, bears, wolves, disease, and lack of company could not get Dick Proenneke down. He built his own cabin, shot his own food, and fished for his dinner on the regular while filming most of it on a tripod. Alaska is so beautiful and he makes it look like heaven on earth. So the post title is the way he lived his life while in Alaska, well that's the way I feel about it at least. See, he was so close to death on the daily, and if he would of died out there that would of been his failure. Soooo close. Just surviving was so far fetched but he did for 35 years, that's what makes my man so perfect. Being a failure in life is something I know we all fear, well at least I do.....and we are so close to it everyday, it can be scary. Just watch this dude and see the inner peace he is at with himself, nature, and life and hope we can all be there too one day!

Here is Pt 1 of 6 on Youtube, you can watch the rest....

Cool songs on a cool night of drunkness...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Circle A Cycles.........Anarchy Never Looked So Good...

Circle A Cycles out of Providence RI....they hand make some of the raddest bikes in America. An old friend of mine waited over a year to get his!! When he got it, it was well worth the wait. Give them a stroll and see what $1500-$1900usd will get you!! ha!! Great lug work.....

Hallway at the factory.....

Have a pint on me!

Well on the anarchy tip, one of my favorite things to come out of Detroit since the Stooges and the Ford F150.....Negative Approach....

15 Reasons To Love The Phillies

Here is a great little piece done by Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN......well done WoJo.....

We miss you Harry, this year is for you homeboy!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I'll Send You the News, From a House Down the Road From Real Love

Philadelphia houses through the years. Center City and some surrounding neighborhoods, including Germantown and Mt Airy. These houses are up to two hundred years old which is incredible. Well built and well thought out! I lived at 8th and Spruce for a year with my sister and our APT was over 150 years old. It was amazing. We can all agree to stop and enjoy the city more often. As Philadelphians I don't think we really know what we have!!

St Marks Church above. DOD and I were baptized there in 1978!! Same day, an hour apart!! Now that's friends!

This is for Elaine!!! Chicago love!!
Kyu Sakamoto....Sukiyaki. Cool ass Japanese music from the 50's. When life was breezy and there was always time for Tequila drinks! Yep!

Philadelphia Industrialism.....Then and Then...

"Workshop of the World" was the proud claim of Philadelphia boosters for the best part of the century after the Civil War. Though at present the city is best known for its vehicles of consumption (the Eagles, the Orchestra, fine restaurants, the Mummers) once not so long ago Philadelphia represented prowess in production, the American apex of skill, versatility and diversity in manufacturing. Thanks to the dedication of area SIA [Society for Industrial Archeology] members, we are now afforded a special opportunity to revisit this nearly forgotten city, its world of workshops. With this guide in hand, you may map for yourself tours of a Philadelphia different from the one imagined by the hundreds of thousands who stroll through Independence Hall and Old City. Where they call up visions of bewigged gentlemen debating the birth of a nation, scribbling away with quill pens, you must conjure a later cacophony of steam engines, whirling lathes, pounding forges, clattering looms, smoke, sweat and strain. You can circle among the landmarks of Philadelphia's industrial age, drawing from these silent stones a sense of the energy and intensity that lay behind the boast, "Workshop of the World!" And as you encounter mounting numbers of mute brick and concrete masses, you will inevitably come to the question: What happened? What went wrong? As with most historical processes, there is no simple (or single) answer, but surely it is as important to cherish and reflect upon Philadelphia's industrial greatness as it is to draw inspiration from its eighteenth century political heritage.

As early as 1859, the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) recognized an economical advantage in using Philadelphia's wharves for the import and export of grains; wheat, oats, and corn. Thus began the development of a number of grain elevators,including a riverside terminal on the Delaware at the foot of Washington Avenue, an elevator at Market and 30th Streets (built in 1862), and numerous floating elevators that collected grain from ships anchored off the wharves. By 1872, the PRR owned half of Philadelphia's 1.5 million bushel capacity for grain storage.

The last remnant of this important trade in South Philadelphia is the grain elevator built by the Girard Point Storage Company beginning in 1912. It replaced two structures built by the International Navigation Company around 1874 and later purchased by the PRR.

The final natural fall line of the Schuylkill River as it flows to the Delaware River occurs at the Falls of the Schuylkill, or East Falls as it is now known. In 1821 the fall line was appropriated by the City of Philadelphia by the construction of a dam down river at Fairmount which created a slackwater pond as far as Flat Rock Dam in Manayunk. The City purchased the water power rights from Josiah White and Joseph Gillingham in 1819 for $150,000. Today when water in the river is low, the rocks of the falls can still be seen under the twin bridges carrying the Roosevelt Expressway (U.S. Route 1) across the river.

The Pennsylvania and the Reading Railroads' first conquest of the lucrative New Jersey Shore trade began with the introduction of ferry service between Philadelphia and Camden. Patrons riding the Pennsylvania received a short ferry ride, but the train trip to the Shore was long; conversely, patrons riding the Reading had a longer ferry ride, but the train trip to the Shore was short.

It was the Pennsylvania Railroad, with its large financial structure and imposing Broad Street Terminal, which first crossed the Delaware by bridge. The site chosen was in Bridesburg, far above the river traffic at the pier in Center City and Camden. The line branched off the main line of the Pennsylvania (the New York-Philadelphia route) at Frankford Junction and traveled as an elevated structure up to. the river.
From there it traveled over two fixed steel spans to a steam-powered, gear-driven horizontal revolving span at a point greater than halfway across the river. After crossing the revolving span, the line travelled across another fixed steel span and then entered New Jersey. It met up with the Camden-Atlantic City Pennsylvania Railroad line at Haddonfield.

Frankford Arsenal supplemented the Schuylkill Arsenal early in the nineteenth century and continued in its function until very recently. The Arsenal played an important role not only in Philadelphia, but in the nation as well, serving as the home of such important innovations as a variety of early cartridge systems for breech-loading weapons, the Maynard priming system, the Frankford friction primer, and the recoilless rifle of World War II.

Activated in May, 1816, the Arsenal covered at that time some 20 acres on Frankford Creek near its junction with the Delaware River, sufficiently far from the more densely populated sections of the city to be safe for the storing of gunpowder. Within the tract, domestic quarters and warehouse buildings were erected around an open space, which was kept largely undeveloped over the entire life of the complex, and was used as a parade ground. While initially the primary role of the Arsenal had been to serve as a storage depot and repair shop of military weapons and ammunition, by the early 1840s it had assumed a more prominent role in munitions development, starting with the testing and proofing of various weapons and gunpowder. Expansion to the east along Frankford Creek toward the Delaware River was dictated by the rapid subdivision of the dry land to the north and west into city building lots to supply housing for an increasingly industrialized community.

The original building built in 1867 by Greenwood & Bault still stands at the corner of Torresdale Avenue and Kinsey Street. It received its water supply for dyeing and bleaching of textiles from the Little Tacony Creek, a large tributary of Frankford Creek.

Great track from Ulrich Schnauss....perfect for this post, Goodbye. We need another Industrial heyday in Philly!! ASAP!