Friday, May 17, 2019

Willow bloom for me

Spring means flowering willows.

Catkins with cottony seeds

This willow is an early bloomer and the cottony fluff is ready to be carried off by a breeze.

Black willow (Salix nigra) 

The black willow catkin looks like a multilegged caterpillar.

Pussy willow (Salix discolor)

These open pussy willow flowers show off their anthers with the yellow pollen.

Seed pod
This seed pod from the previous year awaits dispersal.

Monday, May 13, 2019

DOT cover

Rusty manhole cover

Every state has a DOT, even if some of them may call it by a different name.  This manhole cover is from the DOT of smallest state that also has the longest name.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Five mailboxes

Mail box melee

Despite the disarray of the mailboxes, the mail still seems to be delivered.  Just maybe not picked up?

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Cadillac Coupe de Ville

Caddy C de V H-top

The spun metal hubcaps add that certain look to this classic 1964 model year Cadillac Coupe de Ville two door hardtop.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Their GAS cover

Caldwell Boston Gas utility cover

This cast iron Caldwell gas utility cover was made in Boston.  Their water cover can be seen here.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

Grey sided

Grey blue siding on house

This house is located across the street from a now redeveloped urban renewal district. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Foot steps in the sand

Printed foot path

The footprints of walkers are left behind in the damp sand surface of the walking path.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Stamp and coin

Former stamp and coin store

This empty store front was a philatelic and numismatic store in a previous life.

Three quarters view

The store is partially encased in the hillside.

Three quarters of a relaxed view 3d stereograph

The 3/4 view of the storefront is presented in a relaxed view 3d stereograph.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Three over two

Store front in vertical rectangles 

At one time, the front glass of this empty store was "three over one".  When those large glass panes were broken, they would be replaced with smaller panes that were cheaper to buy and replace.  Here the result is a "three over two" look which accentuates the overall effect of vertical rectangles.

Door pull

Despite the look of the door pull and lock, the front door is well secured.  Of note is the ergonomic placement of the pull handle in relation to the thumb latch.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Rectangles and pies

7 x 4 sewer cover

The 7 x 4 cut-through perpendicular diamond pattern of this manhole cover creates rectangular and pie shaped negative spaces.  The rubber tires of irregularly timed vehicle traffic keep the cover buffed to a dull but reflective surface.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sugar plum registration

Sugar plum registration 1 

 Sugar plum registration 2 

The scan at 4800 dpi reveals that the color registration of this "Sugar Plum Tea" box is off slightly, but not enough that it would interfere with the enjoyment of the tea.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Arboria - Books & Records

Arboria sales slip

This sales slip for 27 cents - twenty five cents for a used book plus two cents sales tax - is dated May 16, with no year notated.  It was found in a used book where it was used as a bookmark.  The discolored part at the top of the sales slip is the portion of the sales slip that was sticking out of the used book.

Arboria Books and Records closed at the end of July, 2006. It was owned by Mark Biega and had done business in State College starting in 1975.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Crocus cornucopia 

A cascading cavalcade of creeping crocuses greets the visitor at the front steps.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Contrail 003

Contrail, 005 

Some contrails look like they leaped out from behind a cloud.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Dipsy registration

Dipsy Doodles

Viewing at 4800 dpi shows that the color registration of this snack bag is "close enough".  The feed into the bag former is slightly out of alignment, but not enough to not seal the bag.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Charms registration

Charms blue and purple

Lucky red, yellow, and black

Luckily, these charming half tone color registrations look great on the snack bar wrapper.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Leftover cheese

Leftover Cheez Doodle 

After we are done checking the print registration scans, we find that there sometimes are leftovers.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Cheez registration

Cheez color registration 1 

Cheez color registration 2 

A scan at 4800 dpi reveals that some of the colors on the color registration of this "Cheez Doodles" bag are slightly off, but not enough to stop the presses.  

Monday, March 18, 2019

Painted doors

Galvanized peel


Covering up graffiti with paint produces its own art.  A good surface prep is usually needed unless the peeling effect is desired.  Color matching is not necessary if the paint itself is applied neatly.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Painted walls

Graffiti en noir

Graffiti on brick 

Layers of paint that cover up layers of graffiti produce their own works of art. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Blue walls and I-beams

Two green I-beams

Seen as a relaxed view 3d stereograph

Having been a meat store / delicatessen and then a dentist office, this empty storefront now awaits its third incarnation.  In the meantime, it is a work in progress, held fast in time.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Gas box

Gardner GAS Box

This square GAS Box cover was made by Gardner.  It would be a cover for a natural gas shutoff valve located beneath the sidewalk.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Corn pops registration

Corn pops color registrations

Scanned at 4800 dpi, the color registration on this "Golden Corn Nuggets" cereal box is shown to be very accurate.

n.b.  "Golden Corn Nuggets" are a version of "Corn Pops".

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Stainless font too

The knife

This could be a peeling knife.  That knife blade appears to be original to the knife and not a reshape due to sharpening or breakage.  

The font

An example of one the various fonts used by the Ekco Products company on their Geneva Forge brand knives.  Their Stainless font is shown here

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Post Office News

This Is Your Book Mark

The Post Office News Company of Chicago sold newspapers and periodicals and books from out of town and from all over the world.  In 1897, they were located at 217 Dearborn Street.  In 1904, they were located at 178 Dearborn Street.  They eventually had six locations.  By 1956, their headquarters were at 37 West Monroe Street.  When that location was demolished some time in the 1970s to make room for a new office building, Messrs.  Franklin and Dry closed the business.  This "Friday" bookmark notes their past presence.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019

Drain again

Neenah 11 x 11 diamond lid cover

This 11 x 11 diamond cut cast iron drain lid cover was produced by the Neenah Foundry.  They have been in business since 1872 and are headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ice box

Strange ice

This winter's weather has been surprisingly different viz; the ice on this mailbox.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Two hallways

Long empty sunlit hallways attract three-dee-ness.

Sunlit hallway on the third floor

That was the second one.  Just to right, out of camera range, was a person on their mobile device who would not stop talking.  I could have waited, but chose not to, and moved in a few steps to take the two photos.

This was the first hallway as I entered the building.  

The first floor hallway

I was early enough for my meeting to take the two photographs for this 3d stereograph image.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Purple 2400

Purple screen at 2400 dpi

An ordinary part of a package, viewed at 2400 dpi.

The original, at 200 dpi.

Portion of package at 200 dpi, later rescanned at 2400 dpi

Friday, February 8, 2019

Color smear

Accidentally pressed

An unintentionally pressed shutter release creates an accidental image.  With the help of some post, of course.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Two thirty

Thirty and thirty

This street scene is seemingly composed of vertical rectangles.  

What catches the eye is the trash container in the doorway, weighted down with cinder blocks so it does not get blown away by the wind.  

The parking sign indicates that there are 30 minutes of street parking, and not that there is "minute parking" for store number 30.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Water damaged

Damaged water utility cover

One can barely make out the letters N and E on what is left of this utility cover.  There may even be an O or a D on there?  With so much damage, and the dirt and moss in the middle, it is doubtful this cover has been accessed recently.    

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Plain water

WATER cover

The sidewalk cracks emanate from this WATER utility cover that was seen in the street beneath our feet.  The tightly kerned and vertically stretched sans serif font adds to the simplicity of the design and layout that plainly states its purpose.