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Marjory Collins – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy – ‘ALWAYS something interesting’


June 1943

“Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Bernice Stevens of Braddock, Pa., mother of one child, employed in the engine house of the Pennsylvania Railroad, earns 58 cents per hour.

She is cleaning a locomotive with a high pressure nozzle.

Her husband is in the Army.”


See more of Marjory Collins work, HERE:




Before you think, $.58 per hour, is TERRIBLE!

Based on the ‘historic standard of living’ the $.58  per hour would be equivalent to $7.81 per hour in 2014 dollars.

The Federal Minimum wage is currently $7.25 – NOW that’s TERRIBLE!





April 29, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tom Corbett (R-PA) – ‘GOP Moran of the Day’

Via: Huffington Post



Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett may be the 10th Republican governor to back a Medicaid expansion in his state under President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to reports.

Corbett declared in February that Pennsylvania WOULDN’T open Medicaid to more poor people under the law!

BUT, but he will REVERSE that position and support a version of the expansion, Lancaster Online reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources. Corbett will make a Medicaid announcement soon, two Corbett aides confirmed to PoliticsPA.

A Medicaid expansion would provide health coverage to 682,000 people in Pennsylvania, according to the Lancaster Online report. Not counting Pennsylvania, 24 states and the District of Columbia plan to broaden Medicaid under Obamacare starting next year.


personal thought:

He opposed providing medical coverage for 682,000, many of them children, in order to please his ‘teabagger’ backers.

Not only is Corbett a Moron, he’s also a first-class Ass-Hole!


September 13, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pittsburgh – Image Gallery

Via: Facie Populi

Corner of Liberty and Fifth Avenues, Pittsburgh, ca. 1940

“Street-level view of the corner of Liberty and Fifth Avenues taken at approximately 10:35 AM, focusing on pedestrians wearing hats. A Coca Cola sign is clearly visible in the background, as well as the Standard Typewriters Co. sign. The smoke in this image is particularly heavy.” (well yeah, you think?)

From University of Pittsburgh / Smoke Control Lantern Slide Collection, ca. 1940s-1950s


See more photos, HERE:


November 11, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

1924: ‘Pep, The Cat Murdering Dog’

Via: Retronaut

“Pep, The Cat-Murdering Dog” was a black Labrador Retriever admitted to Eastern State Penitentiary on August 12, 1924.

Prison folklore tells us that Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot used his executive powers to sentence Pep to Life Without Parole for killing his wife’s cherished cat. Prison records support this story: Pep’s inmate number (C-2559) is skipped in prison intake logs and inmate records.

The Governor told a different story. He said Pep had been sent to Eastern to act as a mascot for the prisoners. He and the Warden, Herbert “Hard-Boiled” Smith, were friends.

Pep was much loved, and lived among the inmates at Eastern State for about a decade.

While the truth may never be known, in photographs Pep, with his head down and ears back, looks GUILTY.



FRAMED, I say!


November 2, 2012 Posted by | cats/dogs/goats/bears/whatever | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Scranton, PA, Defies Court Order; Reduces Police Officers, Firefighters’ Pay To Minimum Wage

Via: Think Progress

Ignoring a federal judge’s injunction, Scranton, Pennsylvania moved ahead with its plan to reduce the pay of city workers to the federal minimum wage starting Friday. Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty claims the city is broke and that the minimum wage payments are all it can possibly pay, the Scranton Times Tribune reports:

Amid Scranton’s ever-deepening financial crisis, Mayor Chris Doherty said his administration is going forward with a plan to unilaterally slash the pay of 398 workers to the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour with today’s payroll, insisting it is all the city can afford.

That will likely earn administration officials an appointment with Judge Michael Barrasse, who granted the city’s police, fire and public works unions a special injunction temporarily barring the administration from imposing the pay cuts after a brief hearing Thursday.


Many of those workers are police officers, firefighters, and other public safety workers, industries that have been slammed by contractions in state and local budgets since the Great Recession. Congressional Republicans repeatedly blocked efforts to extend aid to the states that would have helped shore up their budgets and keep these workers on payroll. In the case of Scranton, such aid may have helped the city actually pay its workers a living wage instead of a federal minimum that hasn’t been raised since 2006 and has less buying power than it had in 1968.



July 10, 2012 Posted by | We Are the 99 Percent | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pittsburgh – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy – ‘ALWAYS Something Interesting’

 “Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (vicinity). Montour No. 4 mine of the Pittsburgh Coal Company. Coal miner at end of the day’s work.”

– Novenber, 1942

– John Collier for the Office of War Information


See more images of Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania; HERE:




The United States Office of War Information (OWI) was a U.S. government agency created during World War II to consolidate government information services. It operated from June 1942 until September 1945.

It coordinated the release of war news for domestic use, and, using posters and radio broadcasts, worked to promote patriotism, warned about foreign spies and attempted to recruit women into war work.

The office also established an overseas branch which launched a large scale information and propaganda campaign abroad.


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June 6, 2012 Posted by | American photoghaphers, U.S. Cities | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Philadelphia – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy – ‘ALWAYS something interesting’

“Blind children playing hide-and-seek among arcade pillars” at the Overbrook School.

– circa 1912

– Geo. Grantham Bain Collection


See more images of Philadelphia, Pennslyvania; HERE:



Overbrook School for the Blind – ‘Celebrating 178 years of excellance’

Early in the 19th century, Julius Friedlander, a young teacher of children who were blind or had serious visual impairments, came to Philadelphia from Germany determined to establish a school. He found several prominent Philadelphians ready to help him in this venture.In March 1832, Mr. Friedlander opened his school in a rented building and called it The Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind.

Read more, HERE:



June 4, 2012 Posted by | U.S. Cities | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hecklers mar Romney’s visit to inner-city charter school in Philadelphia

Via: Washington Post

When Mitt Romney came to an inner-city charter school here Thursday to promote his new education agenda, he received something of a history lecture about the persecution of blacks in America and the struggles of African American children to meet the academic achievements of their white counterparts.


“Where there was a time when it was against the law of the country for people of African-American descent to even read or write, it is even more important today that we discuss education for the African-American community,” Gamble told Romney.

Romney highlighted his record of education as governor of Massachusetts, when the state’s schools were among the best in the nation in some areas. But Gamble interjected, “Governor, you’ve got to go back and remember how the whole concept of education has failed. You go back a few years, even in Boston, when they were trying to integrate schools and they had young black children going to white neighborhoods and they were throwing eggs at the little black children, spitting on them, calling them all kinds of names.”

Outside, meanwhile, some brick row houses across from the school were boarded up. Police had cordoned off a full city block to protect Romney and his entourage. Residents, some of them organized by Obama’s campaign, stood on their porches and gathered at a sidewalk corner to shout angrily at Romney. Some held signs saying, “We are the 99%.” One man’s placard trumpeted an often-referenced Romney gaffe:


Madaline G. Dunn, 78, who said she has lived here for 50 years and volunteers at the school, said she is “personally offended” that Romney would visit her neighborhood.

It’s not appreciated here,” she said. “It is absolutely denigrating for him to come in here and speak his garbage.”


Inside the school, Romney debated issues with educators and tried to connect with the students. When he visited a classroom where the kids in the elementary school choir were standing, swaying and clapping to the beat of Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile,” Romney appeared charmed but did not dance with them. Rather, he tapped one of his toes slightly and bobbed his head, but did not catch the rhythm..

“You just sang a song about smiling,” Romney told the kids. “You’re all smiling right? Smile! Oh, that’s great.”



“You know kids, I like to smile too. Let me show you”, he didn’t add.


Read more, here:



personal thought:

President Obama will win the:

– the African-American vote

– the Hispanic vote

– the Women vote

– the LGBT vote

– anyone with an IQ of +80 vote


Q: Will Romney be smiling come 6-November?

A: Oh hell, NO!




May 25, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Romney | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Joe Pitts (R-PA) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: The Times of Israel

t seems that Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA) is a tad out of the loop on matters of Middle East peace. If it were up to him, Israelis and Palestinians would restart peace talks under the guidance of their respective leaders, Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat.

With the global war against terrorism, it is now incumbent on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Yasir Arafat to clamp down on Palestinian extremists that have perpetuated violence and to restart a peace process that has collapsed,” wrote Pitts in a recent, rather outdated response letter to a constituent.


His advice does not seem to take into account the fact that:

– Arafat died in 2004

– Sharon has been in a coma since 2006




Neither Arafat nor Sharon were available for comment.


May 17, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Pulls Ad That Blames Women For Getting Date-Raped

Via: Think Progress

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board provoked an enormous backlash by airing ads that tell women who are date-raped that they have only themselves and their friends to blame. The ad was part of a $600,000 campaign aimed at curbing excessive drinking.

After hearing from hundreds of rape victims that the ads were extremely upsetting, even traumatizing, the board has decided to pull them.


And their blame-the-victim message reinforced the difficulty prosecuting rapists in the state. It’s easier to get away with sexual assault in Pennsylvania than anywhere else in the country because it’s the only state that doesn’t allow expert testimony in rape cases. Because experts aren’t allowed to educate jurors about the behaviors of sexual assault victims and assailants, “jurors are left making judgments based on the biases perpetuated in the PLCB ad.”

“We’ve had several cases where juries have acquitted SERIAL RAPISTS because they felt the victims’ behavior after the assault was counterintuitive,” says Deborah Harley, chief of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit of the District Attorney’s Office.



December 10, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment