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Eric Ascalon on January 26, 2012

It wasn't all that long ago that Camden, New Jersey was a thriving city. The nation's "Most Dangerous City" (or runner up, depending on how things go in Detroit on a given year) was once the industrial gem of the northeast. It was where RCA Victor produced its phonographs; where Campbell's Soup made soup; and home to what, during World War II, was the largest and most prolific shipyard in the world. Times have changed. RCA's old headquarters has been converted into condos; while still based in Camden, not a drop of Campbell's soups are actually produced here anymore; and the only ship in site on the Camden side of the Delaware River - the decommissioned Battleship New Jersey - is a floating museum. West of the city's urban slums, and southeast of its revitalized waterfront, sits a once-flourishing industrial zone that today lies in utter ruins. Scattered throughout the area are toxic wastelands, including Superfund sites; many half-collapsed structures; and piles of absolute rubble. A number of blocks appear similar to footage I recall seeing of London neighborhoods after a German Buzz Bomb strike. While in Camden today, I decided I would document, in photographs, a few of the remnants of Camden's industrial glory ...before no trace remains. Photos taken January 25, 2012 by Eric Ascalon. All rights reserved.

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  • Uploaded on January 26, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Eric Ascalon
    • Camera: Apple iPhone 4
    • Taken on 2012/01/25 11:00:11
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1160)
    • Focal Length: 3.85mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • No flash

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