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July, 2010:

Prospect Park Swans – Lord of the Reedy River – Donovan – Kate Bush

Hipstamatic App © Frank H. Jump

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Ebinger Baking Co – Flatbush – Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Albemarle Road - Flatbush, Brooklyn - iPhone shot with Hipstamatic app - © Frank H. Jump

18th Avenue, Bensonhurst - © Frank H. Jump

Ebinger Baking Company, with a chain of stores across the boro, was founded in 1898 by George and Catherine Ebinger. Famous for their cakes and pies, and especially their Blackout Cake, they closed in bankruptcy on August 26, 1972.

There have been attempts to revive the bakery brand under that name, but none, so far, have been successful.

Named for wartime blackouts, their famous and beloved chocolate-pudding-filled Blackout Cake was a chocolate layer cake filled and frosted with dark fudge and dusted with chocolate cake crumbs that was so popular that other bakeries in the borough, like SeaLane, produced inferior knock-offs.

Other Ebinger favorites were a butter cream cake decorated with three small pistachio nuts in the center of the top and Chocolate hard-icing cake with a hard, bittersweet chocolate icing.

Supposedly the Ebinger family has all their original recipes under lock and key and is uninterested in releasing them, but facsimile recipes pop up once in a while. Here is a recipe for Blackout Cake from Cooks Country TV that gets very good reviews, if you’d like to try making it yourself (registration is required to see the recipe, but it’s free).

There is another version published in the Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2008 cookbook (see below for a link to it on Amazon.com).

Speaking of bakeries, another Brooklyn institution is Entenmann’s Bakery, founded by William Entenmann who came to Brooklyn from Germany in 1898. Today, the Entenmann’s brand is on over 100 different kinds of baked goods. Entenmann’s is now owned by Bimbo Bakeries USA, the American subsidiary of a gigantic Mexican/Multi-national food production corporation, which also owns brands such as Thomas’ (english muffins), Arnold (bread) and Boboli (pizza crusts). - Brooklyn dot com

Other Ebinger postings on the Internet:

Hemmerdinger Estate Corp – Atlas Terminals – Glendale, Queens

May 2006 © Frank H. Jump

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Other Internet resources:

Norge Refrigerators – Archer Avenue – Jamaica, Queens

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Also at Flickr:

Boycott Target! Contributes $150,000 to Anti-Gay Gubernatorial Candidate Thomas Emmer of Minnesota

© Frank H. Jump

Target, practically everyone’s favorite discount retail store, is headquartered in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes. But along with precious bodies of water, Minnesota is home to some pretty rabid anti-gay politicians and groups. Among them include Tom Emmer. And Target, it seems, is apparently filling his campaign coffers with nearly $150,000.

Follow the money. At least, that’s the message delivered by an article at sfist.com by Matt Baume, who tracks $150,000 from Target’s coffers, through a political action committee (PAC) known as Minnesota Forward, all the way to Tom Emmer, who himself supports a Christian rock band in Minnesota that travels around the state saying that it’s moral and righteous for religious people to kill gays and lesbians.

For those into algebra, it looks a little like this: Target + Minnesota Forward + Tom Emmer = Support for a rather dangerous and radical political philosophy that diminishes LGBT people to pests that should be murdered. And Target is cool with this?

Send the company a message right now, urging them to explain why their money is being used to fund a politics that not only serves to prevent LGBT equality, but breeds homophobia, transphobia and hatred. – Change dot org via Facebook

Sunflower Field off Route 15 in Northern New Jersey near Sparta

iPhone shot with Hipstamatic App © Frank H. Jump

iPhone shot with Hipstamatic App © Frank H. Jump

iPhone shot with Hipstamatic App © Frank H. Jump

iPhone shot with Hipstamatic App © Frank H. Jump

Koper & Ijzerwaren – Copper & Ironware – Halvemaansteeg – Amsterdam, NL

Just north of Rembrantsplein © Frank H. Jump

Café-Slijterij ‘Oost-West’ – Anno 1731 – Zeedijk, Amsterdam NL

Café - Liquor Store - East - West - Zeedijk, Amsterdam - © Frank H. Jump

All well known brands available here.

I drink, then I decay – I  do not drink, then I die.
Better drunk and decayed then not drunk and dead anyway.

The Train Pulls into Gouldsboro – Gouldsboro Historical Society – NEPA

July 24, 2010 - iPhone Shot with Hipstamatic App © Frank H. Jump

July 24, 2010 - iPhone Shot with Hipstamatic App © Frank H. Jump

July 24, 2010 - iPhone Shot with Hipstamatic App © Frank H. Jump

July 24, 2010 - iPhone Shot with Hipstamatic App © Frank H. Jump

July 24, 2010 - iPhone Shot with Hipstamatic App © Frank H. Jump

July 24, 2010 - iPhone Shot with Hipstamatic App © Frank H. Jump

July 24, 2010 - iPhone Shot with Hipstamatic App © Frank H. Jump

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  • Wijs en Zonen Theehandel – Ingang Kantoor – Zeedijk, Amsterdam NL

    Wijs - pronounced vice with the ÿ dipthong for 'i' - & sons. Tea warehouse - Office Entrance - Zeedijk, Amsterdam NL © Frank H. Jump