April 30, 1988 |
Auctioneer Barry S. Slosberg is saluting the arrival of the merry month of May with a sale well-suited for spring: Starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow at his gallery, 232 N. Second St., he will auction off more than 400 lots of fishing equipment. At least one lot in the collection is expected to sell for a four-figure price. The equipment, including more than 100 rods, more than 100 reels and scores of lures, creels and publications, as well as a dozen firearms, comes from an Upper Darby physician who is liquidating a 40-year collection.
May 8, 2011 |
In the big, crammed corner of an old mill building in Port Richmond, the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour shares shelf space with Fritz Lang's The Blue Gardenia . A stack of 1940s B westerns - Alan Ladd in Whispering Smith , a posse of Buck Jones oaters - is stored with thousands of canisters and cardboard boxes holding 8, 16, and 35mm prints. There's Joan Crawford in This Woman is Dangerous ; Raymond Burr in episodes of Perry Mason ; The Story of Menstruation , an educational 'toon made by Disney animators for Kotex; Panama , a 1920s travelogue; Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a Technicolor print of Tennessee Williams' Boom ; The Frank Sinatra Show ; Lionel Atwill in The Strange Case of Doctor Rx ; a Lee Marvin-narrated TV show about great feats of engineering called It Couldn't Be Done . . . . It's unlikely that anywhere else in the United States - or the world - does there exist such a collection of vintage film and TV reels, topicals and industrials, stag movies and silents, found footage and old Hollywood cartoons, quite as eclectic, eccentric, and wonderfully obscure as the one Jay Schwartz maintains in this gritty neighborhood a few miles northeast of City Hall.
April 4, 1993 |
Bob Christy is hooked on collecting. While some people collect art or stamps, Christy collects antique fishing equipment, including a stone hook that may be a thousand years old. Christy, 38, began collecting the equipment about 2 1/2 years ago after his father-in-law, Joseph Brennan, gave him a Steel's Wigglefrog lure, made in 1949. "A lot of my pieces have a real sentimental value, so I make a promise never to sell them," said Christy, a maintenance worker for DeLuxe Check Printers in Moorestown.
November 23, 2006 |
Thanksgiving weekend is regarded as one of the more important holiday weekends for the Hollywood studios. They send new films to the big screen when friends and family have the time to spend together watching. In all, the top 10 movies this weekend will likely bring in close to $150 million. That's a lot of cash for which the studios can be thankful. My family always participated in this great movie weekend, but we did it in the comfort of our living room. With a turkey or two well-devoured, we'd all make our way from the dining room and sit ourselves in front of a white projection screen.
July 26, 2006 |
"Gone fishin' " could be the epitaph for Philadelphia manufacturing's glory days, but Penn Fishing Tackle is still here making the reels. The company on Hunting Park Avenue in the city's Nicetown-Tioga section has made fishing gear for 74 years and sells 1.2 million reels a year. And, though it laid off 86 workers and closed a plant that employed them in Schuylkill County last year, chief executive officer David H. Martin said his Penn Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Co., also known as Penn Reel, has a "goal and a mission" of keeping production of its high-end reels in Philadelphia.
January 25, 1994 |
Boxes of junk film scream at Todd Kimmell. Buried in basements, unwanted by libraries, free at flea markets, they sense that he'll take them - and view them. To Kimmell, the dustier and more disorganized the boxes, the more promising the film. He hauls them to his Queen Village living room and threads them into a 16mm Kodak Pageant that resembles something pinched from high school health class. Sometimes he finds himself sitting through reels and reels of black-and- white footage of squirrels, as was the case with films he took off the hands of the Women's Humane Society.
April 14, 1996 |
Go ahead, admit it. Even though their accents enchant you, even though you wonder what's worn under their kilts, and even though you long to dance a jig with a red-tressed lad or lassie, when you're honest with yourself, your knowledge of Scottish folklore and dance ends somewhere between Braveheart and Brigadoon. Not to worry - you're not alone in admiring the plaided people of the North. And your best bet for finding others like you, while broadening your international horizons, is at a country-dancing class.
June 11, 1998 |
Taking his mission to field-test fishing reels literally, Neil Mackellow, a champion surf-casting fisherman from England, tries one out in the softball fields at Fairmount Park's Belmont Plateau. Reel designers from Penn Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Co. of Philadelphia brought Mackellow to the park because it was the only place they could find to accomodate his casts of almost 300 yards. The company is seeking to expand into European markets and has hired Mackellow as a consultant.
June 6, 1994 |
Imagine listening to this mob hit parade for hours on end: THE LAW OFFICE TAPES: 1,369 cassettes of 45 minutes each, recorded over two years during mob meetings inside the law offices of Salvatore Avena, who has represented several mob bosses through the decades. THE WARFIELD STREET REELS: 89 reels, not exceeding three hours each, from the Warfield Breakfast and Lunch Express, on Warfield Street near Wharton in South Philadelphia, where conversations were recorded for four months last year.
February 28, 2002 |
With spring just around the corner, it is time to get your gear in order before heading to your favorite fishing hole. Beginning at 11 tomorrow morning, auctioneer Charles Whitaker will provide a great opportunity to acquire vintage fishing gear, some of which will likely be better off left at home on display than taken to a stream. There will be assorted 19th-century American fly rods, fly reels, surf rods and surf casting reels. The offering will include several fly rods made by John Krider, H. L. Leonard, A.B. Shipley, and F.E. Thomas.