Featured

MAIN STREET, OLEY

_IGP3759-Edit

Out photographing old homes yesterday for the Oley Heritage Foundation, I find that homes like this are not seen so much anymore.  It seems to be a design that has gone to History.  This home is found along Main St. in Oley which has a number of places like this.  While photographing these I always wonder who had this in the past?  How long has it been here?  Information is very hard to find about these.  All I know is it was built sometime in the early 1800s.  They must be well built because it stands to this day.

_IGP3760-Edit

Here is another one.  Who was here?  What happened you never seem to know.

Photographing homes in Oley along Main St. is somewhat of a job to do.  Most homes are located along a busy 2 lane road that runs thru the town.  Traffic traveling up and down can be a problem.  Even though I have pulled my car off to the side of the road as far as I safely can, and have my 4-way flashers on, and an added yellow rotating light on the roof, car’s speed by without care or slowing down.  I always have to be cautious when doing this or get run over!

Another thing that I have to put up with is wires & telephone poles!  I hate them being in my Images.  You can’t seem to get away from them.  I try and shoot the best possible composition, but still, get them in my Image.  Then what I have to do is get rid of them using my Photoshop CC program.  Thank goodness for that!  It’s a bit time consuming since there are so many.  Wish Oley would get rid of them somehow.

_IGP3756

This one dates back to the 1800s but does not look it.  It has been made over to look more modern.  It looks good.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

Featured

OLD HOMES

_IGP3747

A few days ago I was asked by the Oley Heritage Foundation to take Images of Historic buildings on Main Street in Oley, Pa. to replace the Images they had with better quality photos.  The ones they had were out of date and not anywhere near what I could do.  I was given a list, via e-mail, of numbers that were the addresses of buildings.  Since then I have been traveling back & forth to Oley taking the Images asked for.  The above is what used to be the old Union Meeting House, but is now a Church.  This dates back to the middle 1700s.

_IGP3749

This is another Historic Home that has been here since the early 1800s.  I like the porch supports.  Things like this are very rare to see anymore.

_IGP3752

This home was on the list of Historic Homes, but I don’t know why.  It seems that at one time it looked a lot different than what it does now.  If you look close you can still see the original foundation on the bottom.

The small town of Oley is just full of History.  You just have to know where and what to look for.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

Featured

M60 TANK

_IGP3700

The M60 Main Battle Tank is a static display located in the small Town of Leesport, Pa.

Used during the Korean & Vietnam War’s this tank had a 105mm Main Gun.  It also had a 7.62cal. machine gun that was located on the top.  Also carried a few thousand rounds of machine gun ammunition.

_IGP3698

Photographed in B&W the M60 is slowly loosing the color it once had from sitting in all types of weather.  Would have liked to see the inside of this, but everything is locked up tight so no one enters.  The engine that powered this is still inside.

Thanks for viewing.

Les

Featured

BACK INTO TIME

_DSC1831

Took a drive up to the Historic Old City of Bethlehem, PA to see the buildings that have been here since the 1700’s.

_DSC1828

Just some of the buildings that are on Main Street.  A nice style.

_DSC1830

_DSC1843

This used to be a Tannery long ago.

_DSC1845

The Spring House.

_DSC1833

Located along the Main St. of Historic Bethlehem are a few small outside cafe’s where you can order drinks or food.  Thought this one was nice, so I stopped in for some coffee and a bite to eat.  Never been in one of these, so thought I’d give it a try.  Prices were a bit stiff.  Cup of coffee was $3.50!  That surprised me.  Ordered some eggs, bacon, and potatoes.  My total bill for this was $15.38.  The food was very good, despite the price.

_DSC1834

While sitting waiting to pay my bill at the Cafe, I noticed the Police on horseback patroling the City street’s.  However, they were riding on the sidewalk which I found strange.  Never knew this was done, but guess that it is.  The Police were very friendly to talk with so I asked “What is done if the horse poops on the sidewalk?”  He answered “We have to stop and put the poop into a special bag we carry right here.”  Well, that was a new one for me.  I liked the color of the Grey horse.  They are very well taken care of.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

Featured

MORE COAL COUNTRY

_IGP3676

Photographed at the Pioneer Coal Mine, Ashland PA

_IGP3672

Long ago, this is what lifted the tons of Coal from deep inside a Mine.

_IGP3674

This is the Power Machinery that lifted the tons of Coal.

_IGP3671

Roads that lead nowhere, but into the brush.

_IGP3689

Had the chance to Tour this Coal Processing Plant with 10 other people.  It’s very dirty, full of coal dust, and noisy.  Here the coal is processed into different size chunks for customers all over the USA.  Safety is the main concern of the UMW Union.  OSHA has nothing to say about what goes on here.  The United Mine Worker’s do!

_IGP3691

What remains of a old “drag line” from long ago.

_IGP3697

A whole lot of wasted water.

Thank you for stopping by.

Les

Featured

SOME B&W

_IGP3621

Located just down the street from our home is what remains of the Lock’s used during the day’s of the old Union Canal.  Walking around, I happen to see this thing on one of the Lock walls.  I have no idea what this was used for.  Why is it here?  What was the purpose of it?  I also noticed that there were 2 other ones on the opposite side just like this one.  I will try and contact the Berks County Historical Society and see if they know anything.

_IGP3626

These are very old Valves that were used to open & close the water flow.  The handles are long gone.

_IGP3616

Nature is re-claiming the old winch used to pull Canal Boats into the Lock.

_IGP3618

Known as a Bollard, these were used to tie up the Canal Boat while in the Lock.

Thank You

Les

Featured

HISTORIC MINERSVILLE

_DSC1826

Greek Orthodox Church Spire in Minersville, PA.  Sometimes called an “Onion Spire.”

_DSC1823

Built in1920, this is the old Regar Building that was once a Dress Factory back in its day.  Now, vacant & empty, it wastes away into History.

_DSC1825

The old Parish School still in use today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les