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July, 2011:

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-31

  • Senator Ruben Diaz, National Organization For Marriage Protest Gay Marriage In New York (PHOTOS) http://huff.to/ohwYZN via @huffingtonpost #
  • @CancerSlam Rectal cancer (+HIV) survivor here. Big pain in the ass, but it is behind me now. #
  • When is this asshole going to croak? Ed Koch hopes GOP will capture Weiner’s seat – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs http://t.co/aDh1ftS #
  • Torino Shakes & Rattles: Earthquake Felt In Italy, France, Switzerland And Monaco – Irish Weather Online: http://t.co/p0D9rL0 via @addthis #
  • Madness in Norway // Is only the beginning // Broom across Europe #haiku #
  • Assimilation // Of American Muslims // Keeps a kettle cold #haiku #
  • Places like Holland // A tempest in a teapot // Gogh's simmering rage #haiku #
  • @KlausBeyer @youtube Poets starving, children bleed. Nothing he's got he really needs. in reply to KlausBeyer #
  • @KlausBeyer Dank für folgen. Wie fanden Sie mich? #
  • @KlausBeyer Tru dat. in reply to KlausBeyer #
  • @jorenerene you fast #
  • Rosario Dawson on the secrets of her killer curves: 'Pilates… and foie gras, if I want it' : http://t.co/3jnDvId That's my Rosa! #
  • Eagle Clothes: Erik Lieber's PhotoBerry – http://t.co/k0AyW1g #
  • Teach Yourself Photography: Ghost Signs of London: http://t.co/664GC0m via @addthis #
  • Portraits From the New York City Marriage Bureau – Audio & Photos – NYTimes.com http://tumblr.com/xe73qil2ud #
  • You are more likely // To see men embracing here // Than anywhere else #haiku #
  • My husband pulls up // With Carmina Burana // Blasting from his van #haiku #inthehood #intheghetto #
  • Hear rolling thunder // Rumbling all around the mount // Still bright and sunny #haiku #thunderstorms #poconos #

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Pocono Mountains Real Estate – Outside the Village of Analomink, PA

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Dale H. Leary - Realtor © Frank H. Jump

Mount Morris Baths – Steam & Turkish – Madison Avenue & 125th Street – Harlem, NYC

April 1997 © Frank H. Jump

July 2011 © Frank H. Jump

Mount Morris Baths – Steam & Turkish
Harlem, NYC-
taken April, 1997 – July, 2011

This image was originally part of a collection I call Urban EdiGlyphs- which was also featured at the THE FADING AD GALLERY in Brooklyn in 2004.

This establishment had been around since the late 1800s and gay since the 30s. It had been frequented chiefly by African-American men. When gay bath houses were systematically closed during the 80s by the NYC Dept of Health – in their hasty response to the AIDS crisis, this one was overlooked. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

Mt. Morris had remained open until 2003, when it was closed by the NYC Buildings Department for structural problems. It had come to my attention that since its closing, the “gay press” had not made the same uproar as they had over the closing of the Wall Street Sauna in 2004. It was one of few establishments in that area that distributed safe-sex information and paraphernalia. It will be sorely missed.

Remember- the AIDS crisis is not over!

2-In-1 Shoe Polish – Harlem, NYC

Madison & 125th - © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Penmanship Stupid – Faux ad – Jerry “Orange” Johnson

Was on Atlantic & Nevins until 2003 © Jerry "Orange" Johnson

   Jerry “Orange” Johnson, originally from Cleveland OH, worked as a walldog for Seaboard Outdoor before establishing Orange Outdoor Advertising, Brooklyn’s premiere hand-painted sign company in 1977.  Johnson is perhaps better known for his “spoof” advertising murals, often depicting non-existent products with classic nostalgic images accompanied by sublime ironical text. This sign caught the eye of filmmakers for a documentary segment on PBS called CityArts on which the Fading Ad Campaign was also featured.  On a personal website featuring roadside ephemera, Agility Nut writes about Johnson’s Penmanship Stupid ad which depicts Zsa Zsa Gabor as a pen manufacturing company representative:

The Penmanship sign was located in Boerum Hill and was painted in 1997. It was a faux billboard created by Jerry Johnson of Orange Outdoor Advertising. Johnson painted satiric, retro-style paintings on this wall annually for about 15 years. Previous signs poked fun at subjects including: oleo margarine, electric companies, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, plates, the power of cash and Ebbets Field. Sadly, this “ad” was painted over in 2003 (with red paint) and probably marks the end of the series. – Agility Nut

What do employers look at first? Penmanship Stupid! Idiots can type, and do. But bosses are hungry for character. They miss the smears, aggressive slants, and pretentious descenders that only handwriting can deliver.

Nervous about remembering the alphabet without a keyboard? No shame in that. And no problem either with… The “A-B-See”  from American Ballpoint Corp. Get a good pen, and get a good position. – Jerry “Orange” Johnson

Belmont Metals Inc. – East New York, Brooklyn

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Cremo 5¢ Cigars – Soho, NYC

© Frank H. Jump

Hue Saturated for detail © Frank H. Jump

Hue Saturation for detail brings out underlying ad © Frank H. Jump

Chronicling America – Library of Congress (PDF)

A long, long time ago this was the largest selling cigar brand in the world, selling over a billion cigars a year… and now it’s back!

These Nicaraguan made Cremos are light, mild, creamy smokes made from Nicaraguan Visos (the mildest tobaccos near the bottom of the plant) and a flavorful Ecuador Sumatra wrapper that has no bite. Frankly this cigar is designed for the guy [or gal!] who smokes a lot of cigars every day – and these guys are gonna be real happy when they get a load of the value prices. You just can’t buy any cigar that’ll leave your mouth as fresh as a Cremo or your wallet as full. Whatta Combination!JR Cigars

Christopher Gray from the New York Times says:

The Beekman family, Colonial-era merchants, built a riverfront mansion near the foot of East 50th Street in 1764. Many sources say that the patriot-spy Nathan Hale was first arraigned there after his capture by the British in 1776. By the mid-19th century the East River waterfront had fallen far from its resort status, and coal yards, lumber mills and other industries dotted the shoreline, at least where there was good river access.

Perhaps because the Beekman mansion’s grounds were on a high, rocky bluff without good water access, the house remained standing until the 1870’s. But in 1865 the family sold off much of its land around the newly established Beekman Place, including most of the river-facing lots between 49th and 51st Street. To protect the light and air of the brownstone row houses that soon went up at 13-39 Beekman Place, the Beekmans promised to restrict the height of future buildings on their remaining waterfront strip of land, directly below the houses, to no higher than that of Beekman Place itself.

By the turn of the century bigger and bigger factories were crowding the shoreline — among them the huge Cremo cigar factory on the current site of River House at 52nd Street — and the once-genteel private houses were filled with boarders. Still, a clipping from The New York Sun at the Museum of the City of New York, undated but probably from the 1910’s, painted a bucolic picture of the clifftop houses looking down on the rocky shore below: ”Mothers in the neighborhood take their knitting and embroidery every afternoon and bask in the shade. . . . Even Coney Island and Rockaway have nothing on the beach at Beekman Place.”

By this time the Beekman family estate was trying to void the 1865 height restriction on the waterfront strip — with a free hand, it said, it could have wiped out the beach and replaced it with a giant steam plant. In 1920 The New York Times reported on what had been a six-year fight to remove the restrictions, which the row-house owners on Beekman Place had fought strenuously to keep.

The Beekmans’ lawyer, Herbert L. Fordham, said that radical changes in the area should void the restriction because it was ridiculous to hang on to the ”half-forgotten vision of terraces and gardens . . . in the midst of towering steam plants, electric light plants and coal pockets. New York needs its waterfront for business.”

BY 1922 the Beekmans gave up the fight and leased the waterfront strip — 460 feet long, stretching from 49th up to 51st, and including the empty plot on Beekman Place now occupied by 1 Beekman Place.

The lease was acquired by a development group that announced plans for a studio apartment on the Beekman Place frontage, and a one-story garage on the waterfront strip. The studio apartment was not built, but the garage, designed by John J. Dunnigan, later a state senator from the Bronx, did go up. It had simple rubble-stone walls and a curved, wood-truss roof. The garage entrance was at 49th street.

Golten Marine – Old Fulton Street Ferry Landing – Brooklyn

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

160 Van Brunt Street - Red Hook © Frank H. Jump


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-24

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Cervidae Lawnmowing Service – Poconos Haiku

© Frank H. Jump

Hired two deer today // Two mow my country front lawn // Only cost two bucks  #haiku