WHAT JOEL WAS DOING


AND:

REMEMBERING

Rocketships & Accessories
at 623-625 South Street


What's That Out There? South Street's Beloved Space Station

From 1981 to 1989 Spivak built a career out of collecting Space Age toys - much of which was loaned to the Smithsonian for the "Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future" traveling exhibit in 1984. Although he's parted with the bulk of his collection, he still owns more than your average number of rayguns, movie posters, space cadet uniforms, sweaters, and ephemera, all accompanied by countless anecdotes while orbiting South Street. Spivak's store was an oasis for bygone-era science fiction fans. >>>More...

Check out this fine article over at Hidden City Philadelphia about the store with the rayguns.
(Photo of me: Joseph G. Brin)

JANUARY 2015

Upcycling: The Art of the Dumpster Divers

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
201 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19601
January 10 - February 22, 2015

Who are
The Dumpster Divers of Philadelphia?

They are a group of over 40 found object artists, meeting monthly to share trash-picked finds, art-making stories, field trip and flea market news, exhibits announcements and socialize with our their fellow art eccentrics.

In this group exhibition, they will show the great variety of how found objects inspire the artists - figures; masks; in boxes or other containers; political statement; abstract assemblages; still life; story-telling and for function. Their artwork is as diverse as the group and materials used, all of it engaging, often playful, sometimes political, ironic, and definitely delightful.


Special thanks to Ann Keech for organizing this event.


NOVEMBER 2014


FREE Thanksgiving Dinner
For All Veterans and Their Families
At PRIMO HOAGIES South Street

326 South Street - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - 215-923-3101
Come to eat and watch the football games
and enjoy a free traditional Thanksgiving meal



Above: Joel Spivak in 1960.


OCTOBER:
TWO TROLLEY TALKS: PHILLY, 10/17 - JERSEY, 10/27



JULY 2014: CELEBRATING NATIONAL HOT DOG MONTH

In conjunction with Hot Dog Month Philly



Ongoing
Window Display 703 S. 4th st (at Bainbridge St.)
Philly hot dog history and Hot Dog Doll Display.
Special event on Fri. July 25th


Sat. July 19th
Dog Days of Summer
More info HERE:



Tue. July 22nd
Vets eat free at Primo's hoagies South Street location.




Wed. July 23rd
Reading Terminal Market event (all day hot dog event)




Fri. July 25th - 6 p.m.
703 S. 4th St.
--- Free hot dogs ---

Meet some of the Kravitz family, whose grandparents
had a hot dog cart at 4th & south in 1935
(became Lenny's Hot Dogs, now in Feasterville Pa.).



See the hot dog t-shirt display.


BONUS: Video of Noel Barrett,
Antiques Roadshow toy expert,
speaking about hot dog dolls.




Sat. July 26th - Noon
Hot Dog Crawl. Meet at O'Neals Pub, 611 S. 3rd St. (more details to come).



Max & Ida Kravitz in Russia in 1908






Lenny's next to Lucy the Elephant


Lenny's in 1970


Lenny's today




Antiques Roadshow toy expert Noel Barrett


City of Philadelphia Proclamation for Hot Dog Month


State of Pennsylvania Proclamation for Hot Dog Month


Hot dog doll display at 703 S. 4th St



VOICES OF SOUTH STREET

"Before the Renaissance"

Pioneers tell their stories of South Street in the Sixties

Monday, June 16, 2014 * 7 - 9 p.m. * $15 at door
PhilaMOCA
531 N. 12th Street (12th & Spring Garden)



South Street became a successful commercial corridor when William Penn made it the southern border of his new city.

In the late 19th century Jewish immigrants began moving into the area and the life above the store became their entry to the new world.
In the 1930s stores installed large signs to attract customers.

After world War II, entire facades were renovated to show off their businesses .


In the early 1960s banks red lined the properties because of the looming highway.

Many people moved out and the cheap rents attracted the artist.


SPEAKERS:

Tom Bissinger grew up in San Francisco and in 1969 moved to South Street to become the artistic director of TLA. Members of his company included Morgan Freeman, Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch. (see group photo below)

Marge Schernecke, born and raised in Queen Village, was a teenager working at Auerbach's clothing store across the street from the TLA.

Joel Spivak moved back to Philadelphia in 1969, and was helping his friends Rick and Ruth Snyderman build a store called "The Works," next to Auerbach's.





The cast of Rosalyn Drexler's "The Line of Least Existence" in 1969. Cast includes Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch, as well as Morgan Freeman, who was not there for the photo.


For additional info:
joelspivak@comcast.net
or 215-514-2791.




2 Memorial Day Ceremonies
MONDAY, MAY 26, 2013


10:30 AM
John C. Cochran War Memorial
37th and Lancaster Ave


NOON
Clara Muhammad Park
48th and Lancaster Ave.

Robinson Family singing the National Anthem on previous Memorial Day


War Memorial at 37th & Lancaster Ave


National Cemetery in Philadelphia






LITTLE SHUL EXHIBIT # 1

  • Harvey Finkle- Photographer
    "Still Home, the Jews of south philly." Exhibited at the National Museum of American Jewish History . 2000-2001

  • Joel Spivak-Artist /Historian
    "Ceremonal Relics " From that special day in the life of a Jewish Child: The Bar/Bat mitzvah.

  • Opening Sunday April 6th 2014. 12-3 The Little Shul, 2015 S. 4th St Phila
    Also open on Sunday April 27th
    and by appointment


    Check out The Little Shul lecture series at thelittleshul.org



  • Remembering the "Home of 7-UP"
    Saturday, January 4th, 2014 - 1 P.M.
    816 Carpenter St.

    (Phila. 19147)

    -- A final toast of 7-UP to 7-UP --




    Above: 7 up being chilled for the final toast.
    Right: Guests looking at the vintage bottle at Espositos in the Italian Market.

    GUEST SPEAKERS
  • Rich Wagner, left, Penna. Brewery Historian & Author of "Philadelphia Beer,"
    spoke about the many small brewers in South Philadelphia, many of whom became bottlers.

  • Len Davidson, right, author of "Vintage Neon" and Director of Sodafest 2000, led us in a sing-along of the 7UP Jingle and an homage to Philly's Historic Sodas
  • Check out this story in the South Philly Review

    BONUS
    4 Fresh Up Freddy 7 UP commercials

    Video Ad 1

    Video Ad 2

    Video Ad 3

    Video Ad 4

    Here's a Hidden City Philadelphia story about the South Philly 7-up plant that's being razed to make way for housing.

    It matches the address of James Connor, Weiss Beer Brewery (819 Carpenter St) 1881-1888

    Here's a very comprehensive site devoted to embossed bottles

    And a story by Rich Wagner on Philadelphia's Weiss Beer brewers.

    PLUS:
    VINTAGE PHILADELPHIA
    SODA BOTTLE DISPLAY:

    WINDOWS of ESPOSITO'S MEAT MARKET
    9th and Carpenter Streets.
    24/7
    Dec. 29th thru Jan. 10th


    For additional info:
    joelspivak@comcast.net
    or 215-514-2791.


    Celebrating National Hot Dog Month 2013
    Friday, June 28, 2013

    6 P.M.
    703 S. 4th St.

    Joel Spivak and The South Street Museum present "Hot Dog History in Philadelphia" with a window display at 703 S. 4th St. featuring a late 19th century Pushcart.

    Images from photographers Will Brown and Peggy Hartzell and early city images.

    Guest speaker Tracy Kaufman Wood will share her memories about growing up at her father's restaurant, Abie's Hot Dog Shop, 721 S. 4th St. in the 1950s

    Opening event is Friday, June 28th at 6 P.M. with music, roving poets and refreshments provided by Famous 4th St.

    For additional info: joelspivak@comcast.net or 215-514-2791.

    Sylvia Kravitz Kaufman serving up a hotdog with "the works" at Abie's hot dog cart at 4th and Monroe Sts. 1951


    Abie and Sylvia Kaufman at their hotdog cart at 4th and Monroe Sts. 1951


    2 Memorial Day Ceremonies
    MONDAY, MAY 27, 2013


    10 AM
    37th and Lancaster Ave
    The Robinson Family will sing the National Anthem


    NOON
    3rd and Bainbridge St
    The Robinson Family will sing the National Anthem

    Robinson Family singing the National Anthem


    War Memorial at 37th & Lancaster Ave


    National Cemetery in Philadelphia




    Second Friday Illustrated Lecture by Joel Spivak
    The History of The Lancaster Avenue Streetcar

    Friday, May 10th, 2013

    7:00 P.M.

    Community Education Center
    3500 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia

    Route 10, 63rd and Lancaster.



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