One of the things I do on nice day’s is drive around the back country roads looking for something to photograph.  The Country roads often supply you with nice homes that are off the beaten path.  Such as this one.

Probably, at one time in the past, this was a single 2-story old home.  You can tell if the home is older just by looking at the brick work on the original structure, which I am assuming is the center part of the home.  Now, this owner has taken this old home and added on to it making it much nicer than before.

In driving around back Country roads you never know what is around the next corner on roads you’ve never been on.  There are so many back roads here in the Historic Oley Valley.  Sometimes I get lost, and not sure just where I am.  I usually find my way around.


Just down the road a bit from the home I just pictured before is this old Barn.  It looks as if no one has used it in a long time.  I say this because while “snooping around” there was no one here.  Nothing.  Someone owns this and must take care of it, but not much.  The grass is mowed, and there is a old cow water tough there, but it has not been used in a long time.  No cattle around anywhere.  The ole’ Barn is just fading away into History.  Behind me and out of this Image is the Farm house.  It also look’s neglected.  No one there, either.  Empty that I could see.  I wonder why?




Back in the middle 50’s when I was just a young boy, I can remember my Mother taking me to this movie theater to see a movie once in a while.  It was a real nice theater back in those day’s with a well decorated lobby, with fancy lights and ornaments that made it a quality theater to go into.  It had red carpets all thru the flooring and also had quite a number of brass ornaments.  There were also 2 other nice Movie Theaters here in Reading.  I can only remember the Strand Theater that was located just down the street from the Astor pictured here.  The Strand was just as nice and depending on what was playing back then, I was taken into that one also.

That was back in the 50’s and part of the 60’s.  With more and more business leaving the City and moving into the Urban Shopping Malls, attendance declined in all the movie theaters, thus creating their down-fall.  The Astor closed it’s doors sometime in the 80’s, as well as the 2 others.  More and more movies were being played in the urban movie theaters, plus the Drive-In Theaters.  No one wanted to go into the City much anymore.

Over the years that passed, the theater started falling apart as pictured above.  It was just left to history.  Such a great movie place was headed into disrepair with no one caring what happened.

Now, more than 50 yrs. passed, the old Theater is no longer there.  It was falling apart so bad that parts of it fell into the sidewalk.  The once lighted colorful sign was taken apart and placed into a holding area somewhere in the City.  This was done to keep the memory of the ole’ Astor Theater alive for future generations.  Eventually, the whole block was torn down to make room for a brand new Sports Arena where top bands, concerts, and ice hockey are played.  I’ve been in the new complex and it’s very nice.  Went to see Barry Manilow in concert and a hockey game.

With most of the City in decline for many years, I don’t venture in there very much.  It has become full of crime, drugs, and robbery’s that was never there years ago.  The City of Reading, PA has gone down-hill so bad.  When the weather turns warmer, I’m going to go shoot what the Historic area’s in the City look like.  Thank goodness this has not gone all that bad, with it’s very stately old homes that were built back in the early 1900’s.  They still stand to this day.

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Hello there, everyone!  I’m still here, but just have not made many Posts for awhile.  I’m pickey on what I post about.  Anyway .  .  . 

This is a Image of the “above ground” Pool that belonged to our neighbor right next door to us.  They had bought this Pool about 2 yrs. ago and used it for just a little while during the Summer 2 yrs. ago.  The only big problem here is that no one is here.  The Pool has been abandoned!  Along with the Home and property that it sits on.  The younger couple that lived here just up and left the property and moved into a apartment.  Darn.  That’s not a good thing to do.

The house right to the left, but out of the Image, is not bad looking.  It needs some work, but otherwise in good shape.  It’s a 2-story home and was built around 1977.  From what I hear is that they borrowed more money from the bank than what the house & property are worth!  A stupid move on their part.  One thing you should never do is put yourself in debt for more than what your worth.

For 2 yrs. now this has stood here with no one here.  It’s for Sale, but there have been no buyers that I know of.  It just sit’s here waiting for someone to buy it.  The Pool Filter does not work at all and it’s full of leaves.  If someone doesen’t purchase this property, it’s going to fall into disrepair.  This is not good either.  Buy not keeping the property in good shape, it’s going to decrease the value of my Home and others around it.  That will make me angry!  I hope that someone buy’s this Home soon.

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