Don’t miss the incomparable beer historian Rich Wagner TONIGHT at 7:30 at the Center for Northeast Philadelphia History (1507 Orthodox St.) as he presents “The Breweries of Frankford, Kensington and Bridesburg.” Sponsored by the Historical Society of Frankford, $5 general public (free for HSF members). CLICK HERE for more information. Special thanks to Stephen Metzger for his great documentary.
In honor of the 2010 Phillies’ fourth straight NL East title, scenes from the late great Shibe Park. Later coined Connie Mack Stadium, it was the first concrete and steel stadium in the majors, designed in 1909 by Philadelphia architects William Steele & Sons. The fifty-foot outfield wall was erected 1935 to block views from rowhouse roofs across the street (the “cable blackout” of its day). Abandoned in 1970 and arson-ravaged in 1971, the park was demolished in 1976.
In this gem of an interview produced by Temple University, photographer Betsy Manning and professor Ken Finkel (whose Redbricker column for Philly Brownstoner never ceases to amaze/amuse) discuss Manning’s passion for documenting the lesser-known corners of the city. She describes her subjects as “architectural wallflowers”– overlooked, ignored, nondescript, until you stop and really see them. The Preservation Alliance is excited to host Manning as she presents more of her work on Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30 pm at the Northeast Regional Free Library (2228 Cottman Avenue). Free and open to the public, registration is encouraged by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 215-546-1146 x5.
And a teaser– expect more of Manning’s finds to turn up on Field Notes in the near future….
Another gem from the dustbin, this is classic footage of the 1947 Better Philadelphia Exhibition and its famous flipping model designed by Louis Kahn, Edmund Bacon, and Oskar Stonorov. The narration on this newsreel is sadly lost, so we may never know what’s going on with the guy in the undershirt and sandals. Read more about the exhibition here. (This is just one of many interesting Philly clips available at http://www.criticalpast.com).
Pure vintage boosterism. Worth it for the street scenes alone– skip up to 2:30 for some amazing neon, “flashing in the night of complacency and ignorance!”
A portrait of “Eraserhood,” the Callowhill neighborhood that inspired David Lynch’s Eraserhead. A portion of this neighborhood is in the process of being added to the National Register of Historic Places (but not because Lynch lived here):