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MAIN STREET, OLEY

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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.

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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.

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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

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OLD HOMES

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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  The ones they had were out of date and not anywhere near what I could do.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.

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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.

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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

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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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M60 TANK

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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.

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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

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BACK INTO TIME

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

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

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This used to be a Tannery long ago.

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The Spring House.

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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.

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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

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COAL MINE

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Back up to the Coal Region area, I was told about this working Coal Mine located just outside of Mahoney City (pronounced “Mah-Ha-Noy”).  It is just one of the very few Coal Mines that are still around after so many years.  Here, I did not even try to enter the area because places such as this are very aware of who comes in here.  They don’t care for people just walking around.  If you don’t have special permission to be here, you will be thrown out for tresspassing!

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Just another Image of what my Pentax see’s.  Here I had to use my Pentax 80-300mm Lens to get closer.

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The Coal Region area is just full of places that used to be used, but now are wasting away back to Nature.  This road was for something, but now no longer for anything.

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Abandonded and forgotten, this piece of Coal equipment just sit’s here.  What purpose it was for, I don’t know.

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Rusted tracks that are never used.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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SOME B&W

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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.

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

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

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

Thank You

Les