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OLEY FAIR & CAR SHOW

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It’s that time of the year again when the famous Oley Fair is going on.  This Fair has been here for many years, and even since I was in the Oley Senior High School, which is now gone to make room for a Park.  The Fair has not changed all that much since way back when I came here as a Teenager.  The displays offering different products for sale are about the same, just more modern.  This area has lot’s of History and farmland, so there are a few tractors and farm equipment on display.  The teenagers still come here, just like I did, but now it’s a different generation.  The food is just great and always has been.  People come here just for the food and walk around to see what’s new.  Farm animals are here also.  Cows, pigs, sheep, and lambs are here to be judged for best of show.  I think they all look good!

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This is just one of the pieces of farm equipment for sale.  New Hollard tractors are one of the ones that are popular to buy because they are made better.  Of course, the price goes along with it.  Farm tractors such as this run in the price range of $50,000!

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Along with the Fair, there is most always, a Car Show with quite a number of beautiful restored ole’ cars back from the ’50s & ’60s.  This is one of them.  The Man behind the car restored this 1938 Coupe himself.  It took him more than 10 yrs. to do all this!

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Just one of the number of T-Birds for show.

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The Image for this T-bird does not do it justice.  This was one beautiful, restored car!

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Looking from the rear.  Notice the Tiger tail.  It was a Tail to show he has a Tiger in his gas tank from Esso Gas.  Now, long gone.

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The mighty Pontic GTO with it’s 383 cid engine.  I remember this car well.  You could “light up the hides” with this muscle car so easy!  It would go like hell!  This is when gas was just 32 cents a gallon!  Remember that?  Cars like this will never be built again, and I find it a shame.

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This is the last one I’ll post.  I just love cars from the time I was in High School.  They bring back so many memories for us all.

Thank you for stopping by.

Les

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STREETS OF HAMBURG

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Ah, yes.  Good ole’ 3rd St. in Hamburg, PA.

3rd St. in my ole’ hometown has not changed much in the passing years.  It’s still pretty much the same as it has been when I used to ride my bicycle on these very streets.  However, there are 3 different places than before.  Where you see the Cross Key’s Insurance building, a Candy Store used to be there.  Us kids could go in there and buy penny candy.  It’s gone now.

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Located right behind the Cross Keys Insurance is this parking lot.  On this spot, long ago, was something you just don’t see anymore  .  .  . and that was a Cobbler Shop.  It was just a little wooden building where shoes were repaired.  The Owner used to keep a cardboard box next to the door that had old discarded shoe heels that us kids could use for the game of Hop Scotch.  Made of rubber, these were great for playing that game.  The Owner never minded us coming in and search threw what he had thrown away.  Now, it’s long gone, but the memory is still here.

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Again, right next to the parking lot, is this ally that I used to use as a short cut to school.  It is still the same as it was.  Has not changed.  I still can see me riding my bicycle up this ally in my minds eye.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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MAIN ST. IN READING, PA

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This is the Main St. in Reading, PA my home town.  Taken as a Snapshot from my Dash Cam that I bought a few weeks ago.  Here I will provide some more information on what this shows.

I have lived here, but on the outskirts, of the City most all my Life.  I was born not far from here in the Reading Hospital in March 1947.

Much of what you see here was not the City years ago.  It has changed much over the years that I remember.  The City was much better back then.  Starting with looking at the right side of the Image, most of the orginal stores are gone.  The City used to be just full of all kinds of different merchants that people would shop in.  Furniture stores, shoes, clothing shops, etc. are not here anymore.  Other business has taken their place.  The tall building on the right used to be a popular shopping place called Pomroyes.  I remember well my Mother taking me into Pomroyes many times in it’s past.  Over the years, it lost business and was not profitiable any longer.  It was torn down and the Wells Fargo building took it’s place.

There was no divider in the Center of the street.  Us teenagers used to Cruise Main St. on a Friday & Saturday night hoping to meet some new Ladies that were doing the same thing as us boys.  Called “Crusin’ back then, that’s long gone now.  No one does it anymore.  There used to be Trolley’s that ran up & down the Main St., but the last one ran in 1951.  The tracks are now torn up or paved over.

The Tall Building on the left was not there, either.  Before there were other small business’s there, but they are gone.  On the right again, the Woolworth Store is gone also.  It was a popular eating place.  It was well known for it’s “Soda Fountain” that many Woolworth Stores had thru the Country.  The “Crystal Restraunt” was another nice place to eat.  Well known for it’s good food, Mom would take me in there for lunch.  I had to eat all of what she ordered or I could not “go to the Toy Box” to pick out a Toy!  I did, even though I hated peas!  That too, is long gone.  In the 70’s, it caught fire and burned to the ground.  It never did return.

There is so much of the City that has changed that I can’t mention it all.  Now, the City is not known for what it was.  It’s full of drugs & crime in certain area’s.  I avoid the City when-ever possible.  Only go in there if I have to.  I’m truly sorry to see my City get like it is.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

B&W to Color

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I know that I’ve posted a B&W Image before that was taken in Paris France sometime in 1944 just before my Mother & Father were married.  This is a color Image that I made using my Paint Shop Pro X9 Ultimate Program.

I tried to get the color of Army Uniforms as close to the real thing.  I didn’t know the color’s, so had to do some research on them.  This is about right.

Thank You.

ON THIS VETERENS DAY

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Here I am!  This Image was taken in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii sometime not too long after I reported aboard my Destroyer in November of 1965.  The Image does not show that I’m half scared to death.  I’m right out of High School, in a strange place, have no idea where I’m going, or what is in store for me.  I’m like most others that can’t see what is in my future.  I had to learn fast.  I had to grow up quickly.  I always wanted to be in the US Navy to see the world.  I did just that.  I sailed all over the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii, Japan, Phillipense, Okinowa, Vietnam, Pago Pago, New Zeland and Austraila.  I came home a different person.  There was one thing that I was never told about after I enlisted and that was there was a War going on that I knew nothing about.  I found out!

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Here is my Destroyer that I was aboard for 3 yrs.  It was my Home.  This Image was taken as we entered Sydney, Austrailia coming off the gun line in Vietnam for 4 day’s of R&R.  The Opera House in the background was just being completed then.

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This is a Image that I took while on the Port Side.  We just got done taking on amunition, stores, and fuel from the USS Pontchatula, a supply ship.  The Carrier is the USS Ranger, I think.  Don’t quite remember.

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Here we are at the Floating Gardens in Hong Kong.  I’m on the far right with my NEW camera that I bought here.  I just made E-3 and we were all out celebrating.  The Floating Gardens were a outstanding place to see and eat in.  I could not read any Chineese, so we ordered what looked good!  We were given so much food that it was not all eaten!

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The Ribbons that I earned for my Dress Uniform which still hang in the closet draped in plastic.  From left to right is the Good Conduct Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Ribbon, with one Bronze Star, and the Vietnam Defense Ribbon.

Now, I just want to say that I’m not “tooting my own horn” here.  Just wanted to show what was part of my Life.  Being in the Navy during those years opened my eyes to many things in the world.  I’ve seen things that most people will never see.  Some of it was not good, while others were interesting and eye opening.  Coming home on leave in 1967, I had bottles, coke cans and was spit at in Travis AFB in California.  Just because I was a Vietnam Vet.  We we not cared about back then, like now.  People just did not care about what our Marines and our Armed Forces went thru.  No parades, no Welcome Home, no nothing!  Most all of us never knew that was going to happen.

After getting out of the Navy, I used to have some bad dreams about seeing Dead bodies of Vietcong in the water.  Their “Junk” was fired on by my Destroyer for carrying arms back and forth to North Vietnam.  There was not much left.  I won’t go into detail.  It was not pretty to see.

In closing, I would like to take time to say “THANK YOU” to all our other Veterens that are out there.  Some of you endured more than what I had to.

From a Grateful US Navy Vet.

Thank You.

A POEM FOR MOM

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I had lost my Mother on Dec. 22nd, 2004.  She was born on May 24th, 1919.

At her Funeral I read aloud this Poem for her.

Ever On-ward, Ever Up

Let me Reap and Hold Thy Cup

Where life’s Fertile Rivers Flow

Let Me Reap and Let Me Sow

Help Me Give to God & Man

The Best of All, The Best I Can

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This is what my Mother was like.  She was always there for me.  Making sure I had nice cloths to wear, food to eat, a education, and teach me right from wrong.  She taught me Manners that most people have forgotten.  I have never forgotten this poem.  It remains in my memory and always will.

Thank You.

THE OLD, THE NEW

Took my Pentax K10d out with me just cruising around the back Country Roads looking for some Fall Images that would be interesting to view for my followers.  There was not much right now to be found, I’m sorry to report.  The Fall Season is here, but there is not much in Fall Foliage right now.  It’s a bit spotty.  Some color here, and some there.  Has not gotten up to peak quite yet.

So after wasting some gas on the back country roads, I thought about taking a swing thru my old town of Fleetwood, PA to see if anything was new.  Not really anything.  This old town does not seem to change that much.  So, I ended up at the Fleetwood High School and the idea came to me to show what the “New” High School looks like, compared to what I had more than 50 yrs. ago.

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This is the New Fleetwood High School that was built a number of years ago.  It sure is big, compared to what I had.  I’m more than sure that it is all air-conditioned, and carpeted with all kinds of different colors inside.  Since I just can’t walk into a High School anymore because of Security, I can only imagine what’s there.  There is now a huge Soccer and Football field that is behind the school.  The Field is not grass anymore.  It’s that Astro Turf stuff.  The Track is the same way!  Expensive stuff.  The bleachers are not wood anymore.  They are now Aluminum, but just as hard to sit on.  There are also Tennis Courts in the back.  I sure hope that the younger generation appreciates just what they have compared to what I had.  I’m sure they don’t.  It’s just taken for granted.

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This is what my High School looks like today.  This is the school that I left in 1965 to join the US Navy.  Not much has changed over the years.  It is now used as an Administration Building.  Back in my day, there was no carpet on the floor and no air-conditioning.  Air-conditioning for us was open windows on a warm day.  Most of what you see here were classrooms with the Cafaterier down at the other end.  The street was lined with school buses at the end of the day.  Most walked home, cause of living near-by.  The Tennis Court that is just across the street is now a Parking Lot.  My Track & Field area is off to the right and out of the Image.  It was grass & stone.  You can barely still pick out the Track where I used to run during Gym class, but it’s there if you look close enough.  After taking this Image, with the Sun fading fast, my mind went back in time.  Many memories for me are here.  I can still picture the sidewalk loaded with us teen-agers all glad to be out of school for the day.  Yeah, well.  Time marches on.

Thank You.