IRON STOVE

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Do you remember these?  No longer are they seen at the end of a train.  Why this has happened I don’t know.  The Caboose was once a train car that was always on the back end of the train.  In the early day’s, and later it was used to house sleeping area’s, cook, and a place to stay for the train crew.

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If you may have noticed there always was a “stack” on one side of the Caboose.  The above Image is what the “stack” was usually attached to.  A Iron Stove.  Iron Stove’s were used to keep the Caboose warm on cold winter trip’s and also for cooking a meal.  Most of the time coal or wood was used to fire the stove.  More often coal.  The heat lasted longer than wood.  Photographed at the Historic Train Museum in Hamburg.

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THE OLD STRAND THEATER

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The building that houses the Hamburg Strand Theater was built in 1799, and was one of the first properties to be built when the town was laid out. Located at 6 South and 4th Street, it was a Federal style house, which was later, turned into a restaurant, before being converted to the theater in 1920.  The building to the right of the Strand used to be a place called Trexlers.  It had some great Hot Dogs and Hamburgers that I still remember to this day.  Now, it’s a Pizza place.  Times have changed in Hamburg, but not all that much.  Hamburg, PA is still a very Historic little town that I remember well.

Owners David and Ella Schlear opened the Strand to the public on Christmas Day of 1920 showcasing their large screened theater with 500 seats. The family home was located above the theater; the front section of the building was rented out as a barbershop. The Schlear’s son Ed took over ownership in 1935, and he added a new entryway, ticket booth, marquee, and neon lights as well as Modern projection equipment and an updated interior. Since then the Theatre has ungone many owners and numerous renovations; the barbershop became a video rental store (among other things) and a concession stand and lobby were built. The Strand now holds 200 seats and remains a single screen theater.

Untamed circa 1929The first “talky” at the Strand was “Untamed”, shown in March of 1930. Prior to that, pianists and later records provided music during the silent film era. On Tuesday and Wednesday a “B picture” film was shown; Friday evening was cowboy night; Saturday offered the more publicized films. During popular movies the kids sat in the aisle; otherwise the girls sat on the left and boys on the right.

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This is a Image of the 1931 Movie Projector that was in the Strand Theater on display.  I, as a young boy, have been into the Strand a number of times to see movies and cartoons that were playing for us kids back in the 50’s.  Going back into the Theater for the 1st time in over 60 yrs. brought back some memories for me, but not many.  For some reason my memory has faded me over time of the inside.  Maybe it’s because it has undergone many changes since then.  More than $200,000 has been spent bringing the old Theater back to modern day, so far.

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So, with all that, Eileen and I went and stepped back into History to see a Elvis impersonator, named Jeff Krick.  He was putting on a show at the Strand for 2 hrs.  We had bought tickets for the 1st 10 rows of seats from the stage.  We got to sit in the 4th row!

“Elvis” was very, very good to see perform. He was well worth the money we paid.  He had all the moves that Elvis had and sang most of his songs from when Elvis was alive.  His voice sounded just like him!  He performed for just under 2 hours.  We bought a Medium bag of buttered Popcorn for $5.50.  Guess that the day’s of getting Popcorn for 25 cents are long gone!

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OLD HOMES

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Again, out cruising the back country roads in the Oley Twp. area, I happen to pass this stately old home.  Had to go and turn around to see & photograph this.  Upon finding a place to park across the road, I was standing there and a Lady came out and asked “Can I help you?”  Yes, I replied.  “May I have permission to photograph your home?  I won’t destroy or rob you of anything.”  She granted me permission to walk the grounds of her old Home with my camera gear.  I have asked a few times to do this in the past and never had any problem.  Was told that the House was built in 1887 and the home has undergone a number of restorations since then.  The extension on the left was built on a few years ago, along with a screened in porch in the back over looking a very nice landscape her & her husband built over time.  If you look up at the top of the Home in the center, you see a cement plaque telling when the Home was built.  Most old Homes around here have that on them.

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This is a view of their back yard.  All of this was not there when they purchased the property.  All that you see here has been added since then.  The Waterfall is a left over from a Dam that once was here long ago.  Part of the old Dam is still visible next to the Gazebo.

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This is what it looks like from another view.  Everything here was either built or had it installed by the Owner over time.

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This old structure is her Office.  It was once used as a Cold Storage area.  I like the choice of colors.  Brings out the structure more.

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Ah, yes.  The old “Out House” from long ago.  You don’t see this type around much anymore.  One with 2 doors?  Interesting.  Ever use one of these?

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A different look.  I shot this using my Hoya R72 IR Filter.  Some people don’t care for IR, but I think it’s a different way of photographing light that the human eye does not see.

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Another view of their back yard in IR.  I apologize for some of the blurr,  but it was on the windy side while shooting these Images.  When shooting IR, everything must be solid or it will blurr like this one.

In departing this nice place, I thanked the Owner for their kindness.  Like I stated before, if you see something on someone else’s land and you want to photograph it, always ASK to do so.  Most of the time your request will be granted.  NEVER just walk on someone’s land without permission.  You just may get a double barrel shotgun pointed at you!!

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