"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

Third Eye Mom, a blog I’ve been following for awhile,  created a great challenge this week- HUMANITY

Makes me think of a crowd and my blog theme- ” place with a trace of humanity”


Antique Emporium in Beaver Falls, PA

Upon entering the Antique Emporium, a lovely woman  invited me to have cool water, offered me a glass of wine, the use of the facilities AND there was a basket of free tomatoes.

 Obviously I was a a first-timer.  “You are welcome to take photographs. ” she said.      That was all I needed.

There are three floors and over 75 Dealers’ Booths of everything you can think of- and then some more things you didn’t  know existed in the world.

The “like items” are categorized and displayed together, so if you are into political buttons, license plates, or milk bottle collections you don’t have to dig through other stuff.  It is so organized and tidy.  

  Antique Emporium 1

Right on the main street which is Seventh Avenue

 

Antique Emporium 2 1

The first time I ever saw JFK cards, like trading cards for baseball

 

 

Salt and Pepper Shakers

Please pass the salt and pepper.

 

 

 

 

railroad station roof tile

Railroad Station Roof Tile    They interlocked

 

Antique Emporium 4 (1)

Not a customer

 

 

45 records

Check out all these 45s

 

 

 

matchbox cars

Matchbox cars

 

 

asian doll

Porcelain Asian doll

 

 

 

typewriters and victrola 1

Everyone had to take typing when I was in high school.

 

 

 

political buttons

This is just a sampling of what is available.

 

 

Queen Elizabeth TinA biscuit tin

knights and castle roomThe Knights and Castle room is for display only, nothing is for sale in this room.

Business card is a million bucks

 

Meet Jim.  If you are in need of a pun, the proprietor will help you out.

Here he is holding a business card that says “You’re worth a million to us.”

 

 

 

 

See how the LBJ buttons change when you move your angle

 

 

 

Antique Emporium 3

Stained glass lamps and wooden spools

Antique Emporium 2

Be sure to have a nice chat with Jim.  As I said, he’s pretty puny. 


Cotton Candy Man

This was taken at PNC Park last August at a Pirates Game.   People at Work is an ongoing project for me and this is one from the archives.

The WordPress Weekly Challenge didn’t appear in my email today so am thinking of a word to go with this image.  Any suggestions?

Not that one should consume any of this cotton candy confection, but I liked the photograph.

Wonder how heavy it is to carry that palette of cotton candy, so high in the air.

Found an article from Chicago- Behind-the Scenes Ballpark Jobs by Debra Auerbach which discusses food vendors and concessions. And Cotton Candy originated “at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair” says Kitchen Daily Blog where there’s a recipe.

Cotton Candy Man


Rooftop Rodin

Rooftop Rodin

 

When I saw this man at work this morning,  Rodin’s sculpture of The Thinker came to mind. I had my camera at the ready for the 9th grade orientation.  Lucky day!

 


Vacuuming the Sewers in New York City at Night

What is a Vactor truck?,   I had to ask.

Another man on the sidewalk said, “Haven’t you ever seen a vacuum cleaner before?”

(Not exactly an ElectroLux), Mary said to me.

It was night in the West Village near Bleecker and West 10th.  What a nice guy. I can’t tell you his name which is too bad. He said, “sure you can take my picture.” when I asked.

He explained how the other truck had a camera they could look down into the pipes drains and sewer.

Vactor Truck Worker

 

 

 

 

 

The Vactor Truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vactor Truck


Bob Rumba- Ventriloquist, Comedian, Balloon Artist and All Around Funny Guy

His card states COMIC GENIUS*

and the asterisk below statement says *Genius Available by Appointment Only.  

When Steve and I were downtown at the Gallery Crawl a couple of weeks ago, we were walking  in front of the new Arcade Comedy Theater.   Kristy was out front distributing info and invited us in. I told her my daughter Laura was taking an improv class in Columbus.

Free beer!  Hmmm.  Steve thought that sounded good.  There was improv going on in the theatre.  Lots of good energy in the place.

We promised to return another time when we didn’t have to be somewhere.

We were on our way home but with the free beer and the man in the window motioning for us to come in, too, what else could we do?Just a few minutes.

Turns out it was Bob Rumba, All Around Funny Guy.   

Bob Rumba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Rumba

 

 

Women outside the Arcade Comedy Theater

Gallery Crawl


Divertido – If you Need Russian, Chinese, Hebrew, French or Greek Building Blocks

Divertido means fun in Spanish.

Saturday afternoon I drove down to the Lawrenceville neighborhood to photograph this fun shop on Butler Street.  I’d met the owner, Mary Ellen, when she attended the Christopher Jones house concert at my home last October so this had been on my “to do” list for a time.  I knew visiting the store, photographing it and blogging it, would be a good project.  Six months can fly by before you know it, though.    I needed a college graduation card, too, so what better time to go shopping and blogging?   The greeting cards are definitely out of the ordinary and this was a special one for my friend’s daughter.

Hebrew and Greek Wooden Building Blocks

I loved the Uncle Goose wooden building blocks with the different languages- French, Russian, Chinese, Hebrew and Greek were some of the languages represented.

Everything about the store is fun!  The front windows with the swim noodles and inflatable swim rings as well as the trophies in aqua displaying the jewelry in a case are designed by Sean L. Miller.

The turquoise trophies  took on a life of their own, like an installation art piece.

I took the window designer’s business card from the counter  which has the words imprinted -Think Outside the Box.  He definitely does and gets you thinking that way, too. The eye catching colors and design were so inviting.

Front Window by Sean L. MillerTurquoise Trophy Case

Mary Ellen wasn’t sure she wanted her photograph taken but she graciously consented.  Here she is in front of the counter with a cool, antique door on the front.

Thanks Mary Ellen.  Another shot for my People at Work series.

Mary Ellen Gubanic

You might have visited the store when it was down the street but Mary Ellen has been in business for nine years.  And if you live out of town, no worries, she has online shopping at her website and you can LIKE her on the DIVERTIDO page on Facebook, too.

Divertido

3609 Butler Street


NYC Locksmith and Metal Artist: Philip Mortillaro

Philip Mortillaro

Do you know how many times I have walked by this locksmith on 7th Avenue and it was always closed?  The intricate collage of keys always caught my eye.

Wednesday morning,  Mary and I were returning from the Post Office and the locksmith’s door was open.

Mr. Mortillaro was speaking with a customer. Mary walked on ahead but I signaled to her to wait.  After the customer left, I entered and although I’d photographed the facade on other occasions, I asked the proprietor if I might photograph him.  Mr. Mortillaro was totally welcoming and agreeable and here is the portrait I captured.  He told me he has been a locksmith since age 14!

The links to his website and a trailer of a video are found at the end of the post.

Keys Made Locksmith

Ket to Heaven

Although he says he is not religious, he has actually made St. Peter (a gift)  the Key to Heaven 

Complaint Department

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Just like the New York Public Library-  Patience and Fortitude guard the entrance.

You can see a trailer to Mr. Mortillaro’s video Do Not Duplicate 

and visit his website to see his Metal Art

Do Not Duplicate Trailer


The Family Jewels in NYC

New York City- Tuesday August 21st. School starts for me in Pittsburgh on Friday so this is the LAST of the summer vacation.

My sister and I were shopping for a corded landline.  Good luck with that!  You think you have something in mind but your choices are dictated by what is produced AND what is in stock.  But that ‘s another whole story.

As we walked by this Vintage Clothing and Accessories store on West 23rd Street, The Family Jewels, we saw a young woman working on getting the padlock out of the security gate. We chatted for a minute and said we’d be back.  The vintage tablecloths caught our eye.

Meet Liz.  She graciously consented to be photographed.  She patiently explained the different ways they procure the vintage items.  And you know how I like to ask people how they get started with their collections.  She has a collection of poodle items that were gifts from friends who know she likes poodles.   She had a poodle and that’s how it all started. See her tattoo and necklace! She had the most beautiful green eyes, too. Thanks, Liz!

 


Mannequin Feet Require Upsize Shoes

We popped in to the local Old Navy store so my DIL could return something. My DIL’s mother Marlene was the spotter for this shot for the blog today. Thanks to Tim who didn’t mind that I snagged his putting the shoes onto the uncooperative mannequin. He is the one who told me you need larger shoes for the feet.

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