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Located at the crossroads of Warren County, The Washington Theatre has been entertaining people for over 7 decades. Built in the final years of silent movies, this majestic old theatre features a classically styled lobby along with two modern auditoriums and the best of current motion picture technology.

The Construction began on The Washington Theatre back in April of 1926 and was completed by January of 1927. Built for both silent movies and vaudeville, the theatre held 800 seats and proudly proclaimed itself “The Showplace Of Northwestern New Jersey.” Just four years later in 1931, the theatre was “modernized” with the addition of sound.

Since its founding by the Lyons Theatre Circuit, The Washington Theatre has had many owners. In the 1970’s, the theatre was “twined”, at which time much of its ornate style was covered over or destroyed. Over the subsequent years, the once majestic theatre fell into a state of disrepair, until in 1997 the theatre finally closed. The Washington Theatre did not die however. Briefly reopened by a local community group, in August of 1998 the theatre was acquired by the New Jersey based Galaxy Theatre Corporation. After extensive renovations to restore the remaining grandeur back to the lobby areas, and extensive repairs and cleanup to the auditoriums, The Washington Theatre is once again The Showplace Of Northwestern New Jersey. Charles Van Bibber – Cinema Treasures dot org


In & Around Albee Square & Downtown Brooklyn

Right of Way – Unknown – 7-3-2014 – For those who passed – And those who will – The unknown we strive to save- Killed by auto © Frank H. Jump

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The new downtown is here. Where are you? © Frank H. Jump

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J. W. Mays Department Stores (now a real estate firm) – Fulton Street Mall – Downtown Brooklyn

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J.W. Mays, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAYS) is a real estate firm based in Brooklyn, New York, United States. From 1927 until 1988 the company ran a chain of discount department stores in the area surrounding New York City referred to as simply Mays, with stores located in three of New York City’s five boroughs and Long Island. At its height as a retailer, the firm had 5000 employees working in 9 stores during the early 1970s. – Wikipedia


Until the end of the 1950s, Mays was about the best you could do if you lived in Levittown…” – Steve Bergsman – Growing Up Levittown: In a Time of Conformity, Controversy and Cultural Crisis

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I was one of the kids who would always walk to the shopping center. I would go into Mays department store to steal whatever I could sell to somebody. Sometimes, it was albums, other times jewelry and watches. But my favorite and most lucrative time of year was winter, when I would steal winter coats. That was the best because it was good money. I had customers lined up around the block – students, janitors and teachers alike.” – Justin Doyle – I Am Nobody, I Am Somebody

We never had the pleasure to live in Levittown. Since my father worked for PanAm, we always lived near JFK Airport, which we properly triangulated from 1960 to 1969. Born in Far Rockaway, we lived briefly in Belle Harbor and then was whisked off to Laurelton, not far from the Green Acres mall, where my mother often dragged me kicking and screaming. I hated department stores. The smells of over-perfumed frantic female shoppers and the cacophony of sounds- the constant ringing of bells over the PA to signal managers, the grinding and droning ambiance of the escalators and the sound of my mother’s voice constantly calling my name if I wasn’t in clear view – which I never was since I was a hyperactive child, perpetually acting out and hiding from her under circular racks of cashmere sweaters and mohair skirts. I remember shopping with my mother at Mays in Jamaica as a kid. I wasn’t particularly impressed by it.

After years of being forced-bussed to P.S. 37 Elementary School in Springfield Gardens in the early to late 60s and after many an altercation with the local students who weren’t particularly interested in my integration of their school, we moved to Howard Beach, not long after the RFK and MLK assassinations. By then, I was more culturally Black and had some trouble in the beginning becoming “reintegrated.” This made for a rich upbringing which I never would have traded for the ability to have been able to walk to my zoned school just a block away. However, I would love to buy back all of the time I was shuttled in and out of department stores by my mom. No wonder so many suburban white kids shoplifted (without the fear of being killed by police for it).

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Always carry a red pen with you. Why shoplift? Price change (it shows willingness to pay)!

Abolitionist Homes on Duffield Street Still Escape Eminent Domain – Downtown Brooklyn

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AKRF has failed to erase history – Hands off my home © Frank H. Jump

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AKRF has failed to erase history © Frank H. Jump

STOP the confiscation and demolition of the Abolitionist Homes on Duffield Street © Frank H. Jump

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Joy Chatel and Lewis Greenstein started organizing together in the spring of 2004 after they learned that their properties were at risk of being seized by the city under eminent domain. The unassuming wood-frame buildings on Duffield Street, near the Manhattan Bridge, fall within the area affected by the Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment Plan. – Emma Rebhorn, The Case of The Duffield Street Homes (Brooklyn Rail)


Fading Remnant – Fulton Street Mall Looking Towards Duffield Street – Brooklyn

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Meubles Regnier – Spécialités – Furniture Specialties – Bergerac, FR – Bastiaan van Buiten

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Chaussures Orthopédiques – Orthopedic Shoes – Bergerac, FR – Bastiaan van Buiten

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The Griffinette Lounge – The Griffin Bar – Glasgow, Scotland UK – Marie Anne O’Donnell

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266 Bath Street, Glasgow. G2 4JP. Tel: 01413315171.

The Griffin 1991.

Designed by architect William Reid in 1903 for publican Duncan Tweedley. The original carved wood frontage is still intact however the original large etched glass windows are not. The interior bar counter has stayed intact as some of the old features including the ceiling.

When Tweedley was in occupancy of this pub it was named The King’s Arms, after the King’s Theatre across the Road.

There has been a pub on this site since 1865 owned by publican John Lawrie, Mr Lawrie was trading as a Wine & Spirit Merchant in the city since the 1840s having pubs in 161-63 Sauchiehall Street, 151 Queen Street, and 16 Howard Street.

Duncan Tweedley took over the business from Martin Wallace in 1891, he had the old premises demolished and a new tenement with a pub on the ground floor erected in 1903.

Another well known publican to hold the licence for the premises was George W Owen. George also owned the Empire Bar, West Nile Street, The Bay Horse and the Garrick.

The Griffin was named after publican William Griffin who occupied the pub during the 1960s and 70s. A new lounge and dining area was later installed and named the Griffin and Griffinette. – Old Glasgow Pubs dot co dot uk

M. Knopf & Co. – Monoprix – Colmar, Alsace FR – Gaia Son

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Colmar Kaufhaus M. Knopf & Cie Feldpost CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE – delcampe dot net

Dating back to 1898, the headquarters of the Strasbourg branch of the Knopf dynasty: the office of the Strasbourg Berninger & Krafft designed for Moritz Knopf’s warehouse Palace. Photo: Municipal Archives Strasbourg

Hertie, Kaufhof, Karstadt, Schocken, Wertheim and: Knopf. In this illustrious line of German, to exclusively Jewish Karstadt department store companies to find the name Knopf may surprise you. But at least until the end of World War II was the Knopf department store chain, founded by three siblings Max Knopf (Karlsruhe), Moritz Knopf (Strasbourg) and Sally Knopf (Freiburg), the three great equals of this industry. Knopf had beside Freiburg not just branch plants in Lörrach, Emmendingen, Offenburg and Schopfheim: A total of more than 50 branches and partner companies in Southern Germany, Switzerland, Alsace and the Saarland, Lorraine and Luxembourg were part of the Knopf empire – and large, magnificent Department stores in major cities such as Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Frankfurt and Strasbourg. – Badische Zeitung

Bartissol – Campsegret Rte. N21, France – Gaia Son

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Un million dans un verre
si délicieux à l’apéritif

One million in a glass
So delicious as an aperitif.

The slogan alludes to a very popular radio advertising campaign of the 1950s. If you happened to produce a Bartissol cap to the right person (a radio man in disguise) you could win a million centimes. – from Bartolomeo Mecánico’s Roadside Painted Advertisements [www.elve.net/padv/]

Pernod (France)

Tile-red, amber, amber “hors d’âge”: whatever its style, Bartissol presents aromas packed with Mediterranean sunshine. Created in 1904 by Edmond Bartissol, after the second world war the aperitif obtained Appellation Rivesaltes Contrôlée, making it a feature at the most festive gastronomic events. Perfect neat, on ice, with a slice of orange or lemon. – Pernod Website (France)

Edmond Bartissol was a French politician born on 20 December 1841 in Portel (Aude), and died on 16 August 1916 in Paris .

Civil engineer, he participated in the drilling [of the] Suez Canal in 1866. In 1874, he participated in the railway construction in Spain and Portugal and the construction of the metro Lisbon. He was a member of the Pyrénées-Orientales from 1889 to 1893 sitting with moderate Republicans. Beaten by Jules Pams in 1893, he ran in 1898 in the Aude, where he was narrowly elected and disabled. Became mayor of Fleury-Merogis , he finds a parliamentary seat in the Pyrenees-Orientales from 1902 to 1910 serving in Progressive Republicans .

In 1904 he created the sweet wine that bears his name, Bartissol . – Wikipedia (France)