It's like you're Eugene Atgée, but instead of recording images of the medieval parts of Paris being destroyed for industrialization, you have done the same for New Brunswick, New Jersey which is hurling into globalization (or corporatization). If you had gone up Interstate 95 North you would pass all of the empty import freights. They remain empty because there is nothing to export. And the freight yard is vast.
These are really good, Marilyn.
Again thank you, Chris. Just one more comment for tonight.
When my husband and I made plans to go see my earliest childhood friend and her husband in New Jersey after attending a meeting in Washington, I first thought of trying to take some pictures in the old industrial/wetlands area NE of Newark--I-95? It's long fascinated me. But my friend's husband is a historian of industry and technology and has written about the immediate area. When he offered to give us a tour in the New Brunswick area, I jumped at the chance to take advantage of his expertise. And he certainly took us to some great locations, didn't he?
When you get to read this, Marilyn, I would love to know the name of the book. I love history. When you get the chance you should google the name "Tice" "patterson, nj" and "photographs". I am having a brain fart for his first name. I really think that you would enjoy his photo series from the 60s of Patterson, NJ. I great place to go out drinking I've heard.
Cheers to a Canuck,
I haven't forgotten your question, Chris, but I wanted to check. Unfortunately my friend's husband hasn't published anything you can find in a bookstore or library. He has done a pamphlet for the local historical society, but it's just available locally. He has a great deal more material because he taught a course in which he guided his students through doing research on local industries. I hope he'll make more of that available someday; he just retired, so maybe now he'll have a chance.
I Googled as you suggested, and found Tice's work very interesting. Revisiting your comment reminds me that I want to go back and look at more of it.
Thank you, Salvatore. Greetings from Canada.
Marilyn, nice composition and a bit of history. Thank you for sharing. Andrea
Thank you, Andrea, for finding a favourite of mine! Marilyn
I found this discussion very interesting--will check some of the suggestions--I'm another Canuck by way of N. Jersey--now elsewhere. NJ has so many interesting (and even very attractive!) features (including, and beyond, industry). Too bad it suffers from the NYers' curse that has gone round the world. Some of us know better.
I made a study of the very old farmhouses in the Mercer/Middlesex area south of the Turnpike some years ago. Should find a way to publish that. . . .Melinda
Many thanks, Melinda, for your interesting comment. Old farmhouses ... sounds intriguing! Marilyn
I have been browsing through the abandoned tags, very quickly, and as soon as I saw the thumbnail of this one, I immediately guessed who the photographer was! I was right.
This is a beautiful photo Marilyn. There are some settlement cracks in the mortar on the chimney. Are old relics like this maintained at all, or will they eventually crumble?
In the UK, as people become more aware of their heritage, sites like this are beginning to be maintained, usually by local groups. I believe that grants are available from English Heritage, and the maintenance work is carried out by enthusiasts, under specialist guidance of course.
Warm greetings, Amelia
There IS industrial preservation carried out in the US, too--perhaps not quite as much as in the UK. A place that reminds me of your pic here is the old American Tobacco plant in Durham, North Carolina. It is an official historic district and now has both profit and nonprofit operators within. The restored water tower is a central feature there. Until I locate and post my own pix of same, I'll offer this link. http://www.americantobaccohistoricdistrict.com/about-us.html
Very interesting photo!! LIKE Greetings from Germany, Christian
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