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Friday, February 16, 2007

Summer of 65

A Day in the Summer of 1965

I think it was in the summer of '65.
I remember there was a big party at Pleasant Playground, up the street from my grandparents' house in Mt. Airy, probably July Fourth. I can't remember anything about the party at the playground, but I do recall that afterwards,
my grandparents' neighbor, Mr Baynard, ran down the alley with a bag of candy, throwing handfuls of it out as he ran, and a bunch of kids, me included, ran after him, picking up the candy in a frenzy. I had a little red wagon that I pulled behind me as I ran. And for some reason, the wagon was full of blank drawing paper. Needless to say it flew out as I ran and was all over the alley. I think I also fell and skinned my knee, as I was prone to do in those days, being a child whose feet sometimes ran ahead of me. I saw that alley so many times in my lifetime. On my last trip home, I went to the old neighborhood and took some photos of the alley. The first picture is the entrance to the alley, the second and third pics are the views looking up the alley to the playground. as you can see, people built decks in back of their houses in the 80s and 90s. They did not do that in the 60s and 70s. That's about the only thing that looks different from '65. These rowhouses were built all over the north west and northe east of Philadelphia back in the late 40s and early 50s. So there are many similar looking homes all over the city from the same time. Big expansion times. I'll figue out later which cut rate architect designed these things.