WE’RE IN FOR A BLOW, BOYS!

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Yesterday morning it dawned rather humid.  The weather forecasters were calling for Severe Storms in the afternoon.  I didn’t pay much attention, and just too it as another “cry wolf” as has happened before.  This time I was wrong!

Around 4:45 pm my Phone Alert went off telling me that I severe storm was heading our way.  Humm .  .  .  now this made me take a look.  Went outside and saw dark clouds coming in from the West, as they always do when bad weather is coming.  Oh Crap!  This does not look good at all!  On top of that the phone alert came on again saying that we were under a Tornado Warning!  Not good!  When ever I hear this, it will concern me.

I went outside, because I have a habit of liking to watch Storms as they come rolling thru.  The wind started picking up and I could hear Thunder in the distance.  The sky got much darker and then a blast of heavy wind came in almost knocking me off my feet.  It was getting very windy with some slight rain.  I’m watching the sky and listening for a “freight train” sound and hoping I don’t see a funnel cloud.  Thank goodness I didn’t.  No Tornado, but it did blow rather hard and had some heavy rain.  It lasted about 10 min. and then slowed down, with the wind diminishing.  I’m always concerned with heavy wind, because of the large Pin Oak Tree out in the front yard.  This Storm was one of the heavy hitters!  No damage to the house.  Just alot of leaves and twigs to pick up after.

I’ve been in some heavy weather during my time in the US Navy.  I’ve been in and seen heavy wind at sea and a Typhoon!  That one scared me.  The ship was heaving up & down, side to side with waves crashing over the 02 Level.

OLD MILK SHED

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Located right alongside the Union Canal, this old Milk Shed has been here for a long time.

Back in the very early day’s of the Union Canal there used to be a working Farm here.  This was the way that produce, and milk were kept cold with a natural Spring that once ran thru the Shed.  There were no refrigerators then, no ice, and no air conditioning anywhere to be found.  If you open the door, there is nothing there except storage for the Park Service.  One or two old milk cans are all that is left.  The old Barn is just off to the right of my Image.  Now used by the Park Service for bathrooms, and a small soda fountain that never seems to be open.

Thank you.

UNION CANAL

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Hello there!  Sorry that I’ve been away from WP for awhile, but had another problem.  This time it was with WordPress!  For some reason, WP wanted me to start paying for my Site!  I’ve never done that before in all the time I’ve had this account!  Why?  Made me on the cranky side.  Contacted WP and was told to down-load the new WP Site.  The site was in a Zip File and I hate those things.  I always mess them up and then can’t find what I did!  So, to make a long story short, I then tried using Internet Explorer.  Had to sign back into everything!  Now, I’m hoping that this will keep working good like it is so far.

Ok.  I’m back to normal as before.  The above Image is one that I took of the Towpath alongside the old Union Canal.  It’s in HD.  I go to this place quite often.  It seems that it’s a magnet for me.  Always looking for something a bit different.  With this one I liked the path stretching into the trees with the shadows.

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For this one I tried something different.  I had purchased a small Tripod that will get low on a subject.  Like ground level.  A different perspective you could call it.  I had to get down on all 4’s to take this shot.  The problem with doing this is that when I have to get that low, I have a bit of trouble getting back up on my 2 legs!  The ole’ legs don’t work as well as they used to!  Not happy about it, but not much I can do right now.  Just have to be careful!

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While walking along the Path, I noticed these Blue Bells growing alongside the old Canal.  For some reason, there are not many flowers like this to be seen.  Why, I have no idea.  Had to shoot this from a low position to get a nice shot of them.  Got back up again after about 5 min. of trying!

Thank you!

THE GARMENT INDUSTRY

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As I had mentioned in my last Post, I stated that there would be more coming later.  During the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s the making of Ladies Laungire was a huge business here in Reading, PA.  One of the biggest makers of Laungire was the Berkshire Knitting Mills or also called The Textile Machine Works.  For many years this complex made garments of all kinds to be shipped all over the USA.  More than 1000 employees worked here on all shifts.  It was a 24 – 7 operation.  This complex had its own dye building, a barber shop, lunch cafeteria, and power building that supplied the power needed to run all the knitting machines.  I have never seen this complex in its heyday, but I can only Imagine what it used to be.

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Taken from the Textile Machine Works web-site, this is just how big it used to be.

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This is looking at part of the old complex.  The Power building is off to the right of the Image.

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Here I’m trying to show just how big this place is.  During its operation, there were windows where you see the white portions of the building.  All 4 floors were in production with Knitting Machines that needed constant attention.

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The inside of one of the buildings during its day’s of manufacture.

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Another one of the different buildings in the complex.

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This is looking down the long rows of support poles that were there when the Knitting Machines were running.  If you look at one of my above Images, you can still see those same support poles.  These are looking fancier than before.  You almost can still hear the noise of machinery from long ago.

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Here’s another looking the other way.  The thing about these 2 Images, is that I had to “sneak in” the building and shoot the camera.  There were signs pasted on the windows & doors “No Entry Authorized Entry Only”  Oops!  Thought I’d take a chance and see what happens!  No one was looking!  So in I went.

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After the Textile Machine Works went out of business in the 70’s, it was converted over to a Factory Outlet Store where people could buy all kinds of different clothes at a much cheaper price.  It was in business for many years until it also failed.  Why this was, I don’t know.  The Stores that occupied the buildings were from all the different big name products.  Now, the present day all the buildings are being converted over to Luxury Apartments.  Just how fancy, remains to be seen.

CHILDHOOD PLACES

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Hello there everyone!  Having a good time?  Hope you are all well.

Thought that I’d do some places that I remember so well during my Childhood day’s in Hamburg, PA.  The above Image is one of the Hamburg Park that I used to spend so very much time in.  It has changed somewhat over the passing years, and I think the change has made it a bit better.

Back when I was 8-10 yrs. young, my Mother had to work during the day, so she would drop me off here and was told to “Stay here until I come to get you”.  I did what I was told to do or suffer the wrath of my angry Mother.  The plastic play set you see in the foreground was not there at the time.  It was just a big empty grass space.  The was no covered open Patio on the extreme left.  However, the larger building to the right of it was there as long as I can remember.  This place had crafts to make for us kids most every day.  There was always something there to do.

Off to the right corner of my Image used to be a large sandbox that had a roof over it.  There also was a very tall sliding board that we had to climb up a long ladder to get up to the top.  It was so much fun to slide down that thing.  We would “wax” the sliding surface with wax paper to make us slide faster!  It’s now gone, but for what reason I don’t know.  Maybe because too many got hurt because it was a big one!  The sandbox is long gone and I think it was because all the “critters” would poop or pee in the sand.  Didn’t bother me!  I didn’t care.

The Swimming Pool has changed a bit also.  There are no longer a “High Dive or Low Dive” that we could run down and dive into the water on the deep end of the pool.  I think that this was taken away because of Insurance reasons.  I used to spend many, many sunny warm days here.  So much that I would get a Sun burn most every Summer.  At the very top corner of the Image used to be a small “Children’s Pool” that I learned to swim in.  It, too, is long gone.

I more than realize that the Image above does not mean that much to you, but to me, my “minds eye” can still picture what was once there and all the great times I had.

UNDERWEAR FACTORIES

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It seems that most everyday so far that I have gone “out there” the weather in my area is just terrible!  It’s always been cloudy and on the cold side.  Getting tired of this stuff.  Where is the Sun?

Anyway.

Another thing about my Historical area are the old Underwear Factories that were once a big part of the employment scene.  This above Image is of just one of many that are still here, but only the building remains.  This was the Robert Miller Underware Mill that is located in a small town, on the Main Street, named Shoemakersville, PA.  It’s not far from me and I’ve driven past this building many times in the past & present.  Always wondered what is was.  My research on this tells me Underware was made here in the 1940’s until it closed for a reason that I can’t seem to find out.  The name still is visable on the top left of the building.  Now, it’s apartments to live in.

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This is just one of the many Knitting Machines that were here back then.  Not my Image.

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These are what is known as a “bobbin” of thread that the knitting machine used to knit the Underware.  Thread traveled thru & around the spinning machine at a high rate of speed, thus needing costant attention.  I don’t know much about the process, but I’m assuming that it was a very envolved process until the product was finished.

Like I stated before, there are a few of these left over in my area, but most all of them have been converted over to apartments or shopping stores that sell cloths of one kind or another.  There is one left that is huge and I’ll Post about that one in my next Post.