Archive for February, 2011

February 28, 2011


Remember reading Alice in Wonderland? Remember the Mock Turtle, from whom Mock Turtle Soup was made? Can you picture a Mock Ingbird instead? I'm not sure what a true Ingbird would be, though. Either way, it's something to do at work.

No jokes about killing one.

See, look, I’m totally a nature photographer when nature just sits there and lets me bumble up to it.

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February 27, 2011

Here come the geese

Here come the geese

Many of us who have grown up with Canada geese— which I suspect is most people in the United States, or at least most of us on the east coast, or at the VERY least most of us in the northeast— see a field of Canada geese and think, “Oh no, I hope I haven’t already stepped in $#!t.”

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February 26, 2011

St. Teresa’s

St. Teresa's of Avila

St. Teresa’s Church was established in 1862, on or near its current site. (Click here for the Google Street View of the site!) The landowners sold the property to the church for a mere $600… provided the new church’s ediface would be constructed of stone. (Apparently they had a thing for stone churches, I dunno. Also: this information pertains to the building depicted BELOW, not the flared-out photo above.)

It was the second church building in Summit (after the Episcopal one)!

The original St. Teresa's! Photo from sometime before 1929.

In 1886, they decided they’d rather have a wooden church, so they built one, and used this stone one as its sacristy.

In 1923, they moved the wooden church across the street and built this modern building in the top photo from granite stones rescued from a Montclair church as it was being demolished. (Montclair is maybe a half-hour drive from Summit.) The new church was finished and dedicated in 1926.

What they DON’T mention in the history books is how impressive this structure really is in person. I was photographing the little memorial hall across the street (aka: the old wooden church, which they’ve apparently renovated so it no longer looks old), I turned around, and I was almost blown away by this freaking cathedral behind me. Oy.


Vintage photo and information from:

The Summit Historical Society. (1978). Glimpses into Summit’s past: A selection of photographs and texts tracing the city’s growth. Benway, Maxwell & Smith: Chatham, NJ.

February 25, 2011


Blue glass!

The Summit firehouse, for all its excitingly brick-like brick, has some really interesting cobalt blue glass lights flanking either side of its main entrance. They’ve got a logo for the Summit Fire Department (S-F-D), which is unusual ‘cos the emblem that appears everywhere else in the city (and boy do I mean everywhere) is the swastika-steam bowl of soup. (I am pretty sure it’s not actually supposed to be a swastika.)

And I mean who doesn’t like blue glass come ON.

February 24, 2011

Gum balls

...Not until I started typing this caption did I realize how suggestive the phrase "monkey balls" is.

When I was growing up, we called these things “gum balls,” presumably because they fall from the sweet gum tree. But the term “monkey balls” is, apparently, more common.

We made spiders out of ’em in Girl Scouts–just thread some pipe cleaners through the holes, glue on some googly eyes, and voila! you have yourself some real art.

They kinda stick around. (no pun intended.) They’re not nearly as sticky as burrs.

February 23, 2011

F is for Fonts!

Century Gothic! I love Century Gothic.

Around the corner from this photo, once again we see bicycle parking at Chatham Station.

And, uh, being an amateur font nerd, I am very excited that these labels are in Century Gothic! That’s kind of unusual for signs in general, but it’s especially unusual for NJ Transit signs.

The station signs for most of the Morris/Essex line are some weird indeterminate serif font; the closest I can figure is some indeterminate variation of Garamond.

Weird indeterminate NJTransit serif font!

New Providence is the only one I’ve seen that uses a nice standard Helvetica.


Is there a rhyme or reason for any of this? No idea. Just makin’ observations.

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February 22, 2011

Ice palace

And lo, the Snow Queen would go and sit in her Snow Gazebo, and look upon all the snow, and revel in its snowiness.

I think this looks like an ice palace.

It isn’t really.

I mean, for one thing, palaces can hold more than 10 people.

February 21, 2011

Cook’s folly

The concrete folly still stands!

Maaaaaan, I just took a whole bunch of photos to capture the snowlessness of the area, and it went and blizzarded again last night (as you see here). But I digress.

This house, about half a mile from where I live, was “built as a pioneer venture in concrete construction in 1857.” At the time, everyone thought it was crazy. It’ll crumble in years, they shook their heads. But here it stands!

Cook's Folly, 1875

Here it is in 1875!

It was erected by Rev. Thomas Cook as a school for girls (in 1857), and it became privately owned in 1872.


Vintage photo and information from:

The Summit Historical Society. (1978). Glimpses into Summit’s past: A selection of photographs and texts tracing the city’s growth. Benway, Maxwell & Smith: Chatham, NJ.

February 20, 2011


Who ya gonna call?

He runs an auto repair shop in Madison, apparently.

February 19, 2011


All in all...

Side of a building in a small alley-type-thing in the Village Shopping Center.

‘Sall I got.

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