April 26, 2013
Remember the Wick House? Seems like only yesterday.
Sometimes the Wick House is open to the public. When it is, they have it set up as they think it might’ve been during the 1779-1780 encampment. The table above is supposed to be a bunch of maps and stuff that General Arthur St. Clair might’ve laid out when he was planning an attack or whatever generals do.
March 2, 2013
2.00K – Axis Post Card Rate
+1.50K Croation Legion Issue
Legionnaires Issue enhances 2.00K Axis rate post card. Required for months of July and August 1943 on domestic mail. 4th and last Croation postal card issued for the new 1/1/43 rate. August 3, 1943. [quoted from note accompanying card]
The Westfield Stamp Club held their annual stamp show today!
It was pretty intense.
Here are a few things I learned:
- If you keep stamps in an album, don’t use hinges. They damage the stamps.
- Even collectors are impressed by Confederate stamps, which apparently were only used and produced for five years.
- “Covers” are basically envelopes that have been mailed, and many of them are sought after.
- “First Day Covers” are envelopes (usually with a fancy picture [a "cachet"] to match their stamps) that have a fancy postmark indicating that they were mailed on the first day the stamp was issued.
What’s your experience with stamp collecting?
February 13, 2013
Melting snow on a glass roof is fun to look at.
(at Summit train station.)
January 10, 2013
The ticket window at Chatham Station! Ooh! Ahh.
The window was (presumably) constructed along with the station, which replaced the 1838 original station back when the railroad tracks were elevated through Chatham Borough in 1914-15.
Of course, now that all stations have automated ticket vending machines (TVMs), there’s less of a need for such an archaic structure. Just think! How quaint! Passengers used to purchase tickets from living humans!
December 20, 2012
Nothing speaks to the holidays like a brass band! Well, I don’t know how true that is, but brass bands are pretty great any way you slice it.
I found these guys (Chatham Brass) packing up after a gig at the Livingston Mall. I’m mad that I missed the concert, but they were still a friendly bunch of people, happy to answer all my questions. What more can you ask?
July 30, 2012
If you’re at Convent Station (the rail station), waiting to catch a westbound train, you might find yourself sittin’ down on this bench while awaiting the train’s arrival.
July 14, 2012
This is what the inside of the Madison Public Library looks like! How exciting is that.
Well, actually, I took this photo last year (2011), and just realized I’d processed it but never posted it. So maybe it doesn’t look like this anymore! But it probably does.
In case you can’t access their website, Madison Public Library hours are, as of July 2012:
Monday-Wednesday 10:00am – 9pm
Thursday-Friday 10:00am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday (Winter) 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday (Summer) Closed
June 30, 2012
How often do I get to explore a dark train car? Not very often, I’ll tell you that. It was unlocked, and there was no chain closing it off, and I’m eternally nosy, so here you go.
June 4, 2012
The Trailside Center [site] at the Watchung Reservation is basically a little museum. But pretty much everything is behind glass, which doesn’t make for good photos.
Except for the (live) turtles!
The turtle habitat, shown above, is surrounded by (dead) taxidermied turtle predators— a fox, a raccoon, a heron. It’s a little morbid.
I took about a zillion cute turtle photos, and I love them all, but for the sake of not overloading the web on turtle cuteness, here’s just ooooone more shot of a red-eared slider.
P.S. If you’re wondering about the title, I was just informed about it last night, and you should click this sentence.
June 2, 2012
The New Providence Library had an open house today!
I wasn’t quite sure what a “library open house” was supposed to entail, since the library is usually free and open to the public, so I checked it out (I had to return a book anyway).
As it turned out, it entailed (a) cookies, (b) handouts (I got a cool pen!), and (c) a nocturnal animal show (by Eyes of the Wild)!
Chinchillas, we were told, defend themselves from imminent predators by making weird noises, spitting, and urinating over six feet with precise aim.
We were also told that chinchillas are CREPUSCULAR, which means active at dawn and dusk (it also means “unclear,” since I had to look this up for a recent post).
So here’s Charlie the prehensile-tailed porcupine, who apparently is in fact supposed to be nocturnal.
(She’s eating a banana.)