Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ink Blotted

American Inks And Coatings once was one of the many ink producers in the Delaware Valley. They even had plants in two other states. Around 2002 the company was sold. Sometime last year the local plant was acquired by Delaware Valley Properties out of Valley Forge, PA. And that is all I have been able to find out. There is a notice out in front of the plant about a public hearing which was to be held last April to re-zone the property.
It amazes me there is virtually no information on the demise of this plant. I suppose the death of American manufacturing is'nt that big of a story any longer.

Zombie Stores

The SpringFord area has become home to a new an interesting species of retail: The Zombie Store. Theses are stores which on the outside seem to be fully functioning businesses. In reality, they haven't been opened in years. The CD shop pictured above was open for a few months in 2000, then closed, never to reopen again. The Sprint store at least has a "This Sprint Store Closed" sign on the door, but otherwise looks to be open. Note that the display posters in each store' s window are faded to the point of blue.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Rules For The Maze

(Pictures of my hedge maze taken every year from 2003 when it was first planted to this year, 2009).

1) Please be respectful. Deposit all trash at the can near the entrance.
2) Do not cut through the hedge line.
3) Do not play with the statuary.
4) Please avoid moving the sundial or moon dial.
5) No running. There are too many trip hazards.
6) If an area in yellow-tapped due to construction, don't cross the line.
7) Mr. Humphreys protects the maze. Mr. Humphreys is active at night, so
it is not advisable to be in the maze after dark.