Tonight was the annual viewing of the Harold Ramis’ classic Groundhog Day movie. If you follow the blog, you know how much my family enjoys this holiday. (No gifts required)
I noticed in the opening credits how different the 1993 skyline looks.
The updated version will have to be another post. And I’ll need a helicopter ride to capture the same angle.
A screen shot of my computer screen shows the old skyline as it appeared before all the advertisements.
Just two years ago there was an article written by Bob Bauder about this issue- Skyline-defiling signs targeted by council chief. “Harris said the signs, including company names and logos, clutter the city skyline and detract from its aesthetic splendor.”
And author Charles Rosenblum’s blog post Under a Bad Sign– Pittsburgh Architectual Club weighs in on the issue.
It’s just 30 seconds long. Not sure if the link will work.
Reminded me of the toothpaste billboard in Croatia. You might remember it, the supposed workers hanging on the side of the building in Zagreb.
Today at the Easton Mall, Maura (5) asked me what the men on the ladders were doing? Huh?
I looked up, then pulled out the phone. Thanks Maura.
Good eyes. I might have missed them. They are 3D in person. Here they look flat.
Easton Mall before the crowds arrived. iPhone camera is all I had in my pocket.
Saw this Sunday afternoon in the Strip District on the sidewalk in front of Art of Steel Ltd.
Three of the kids were playing in the sandbox and backyard tent when we saw and heard this blimp. They were really excited. It was going back and forth and all around. I had seen it earlier on Polaris Parkway but thought it was a tethered balloon for a used car place or something like that.
I shot the first with the phone and the second with the Canon 5D. I think the phone pic looks pretty good. But the larger file could withstand a crop to read the blimp’s lettering which we could not with our eye.
So it’s beer, day two!
And the advertising said:
Designate a Driver
(A crop from the photo above)
Stilts are documented from the 6th century BC in Greece. Who knew?
I’ve never walked on stilts, have you?
I’ve seen them in a gym class somewhere along with a pogo stick or two. And a clown in a circus when I was small.
There were a bunch of people on stilts in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (1979) in Savannah, Georgia as we just watched the stilts walkers in a Super 8 home movie (now on a DVD) Wonder who sews those tall tall pants to cover those wooden poles.
Watching the home movie, reminded me of this stilts walker in NYC. Last Friday morning.
This was shot in the early morning on the way to the parking garage to pick up the car and drive out to Ohio.
Looked like he was walking on rooftops to me.
I had to look twice. Of course, it’s an ad on a building. Not sure what they are selling.
Canon 50mm 1.2 lens L series set at ISO 100 f/5 125
Wondering what year they packaged in this wrapper? Maybe an updated version is available in the grocery store, I will check. You can buy it online. It was heralded as a stress reliever and solution to a woman feeling overwhelmed by her life. “Calgon, take me away!”
Our custodian, Dan, found a case of this product and not sure what year the packaging is from. I meant to look and see if it had a zip code on it as I used to find items in the art room pre 1964 without a zip code. They still sell this stuff when I went to look it up in a search. I guess I am out of touch.
At first I thought this was just for the washing machine but it says “bathtub ring’ .
Here is one vintage commercial touting a similar product that is sure to offend someone with the retro thinking.
Not sure if anyone is still trying to get taken away with Calgon bath but here is one old TV commercial. There is another that is totally non PC that may come to your min and is on YouTube but I won’t link it.
Yes, that’s 80 ounces of meat. But not a photograph to prove it exists. Just this sign on the overhang. A site describes this place as a Sports Bar, a local hangout, a joint!
Maybe the five pound hamburger weighs a bit less after grilling? The way the punctuation goes I’m not sure if there is a five pound hot dog or a five pound pirogue, too
I was at a red light on Friday at the intersection in some traffic. Good timing. When you have a 50mm fixed lens on your camera and you’re in the driver’s seat, stopped, there’s no maneuver room, no way to get more of the establishment in the frame. This is the shot. There was no place to park or get out. I was on my way to see the family. Friday afternoon traffic, bumper to bumper.
But it was the sign that caught my eye. Nobles on Nobles Lane down the street from school. It wasn’t open when I was stopped in front. I know it would’ve been cool to actually go in and order one, document the gargantuan meat.
“Who ya gonna call?” The Neon Doctor. They repair and buy old signs, too, or create a custom sign for you!