Who Remembers

use2livethere's picture

Who remembers rockys barber shop. Or when Frankford ave was cobble stone. Or Oscars, Alice's. The car wash on Day street. The pig alley. The bleach man. The list goes on and on That was old time Fishtown.

TECH's picture

I do remember the Jumbo

I do remember the Jumbo movie theater, the the swimming pool on the east side of Front st north of Girard Ave.

use2livethere's picture

I also remember that which

I also remember that which is now I think still fox electric and I drove around fishtown and the 5 & 10 is gone

tudor's picture

The bleach man? Explain,

The bleach man? Explain, please?

dan's picture

tudor wrote:The bleach man?

tudor wrote:

The bleach man? Explain, please?

door-to-door bleach salesman

Pure_Fishtown's picture

We had the horseradish man,

We had the horseradish man, the umbrella man (he fixed umbrellas), the knife man (he sharpened knives, scissors and lawn mowers), the rag man and I know I'm missing a few others.

dan's picture

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Ftown66's picture

I believe the car was if

I believe the car was if it's the same one I'm thinking about was on crease street the 1200 block. It was called SOFSPRA. It was a chain of car washes. I have a token for it somewhere in my coin/merchant token collection.

tennesseenow's picture

i remember cobblestones and

i remember cobblestones and the produce wagon pulled by a horse

FISHTOWNMOMMY's picture

my mom lived back in the pig

my mom lived back in the pig alley when she was a kid she calls it back the lane.

FISHTOWNMOMMY's picture

but i think its wilt st.

but i think its wilt st.

dan's picture

Was there only one pig

Was there only one pig alley, or were there a few?

PattiMey's picture

dan wrote:Was there only one

dan wrote:

Was there only one pig alley, or were there a few?

There were a few. One was the Pig Alley bound by Fletcher and Norris and Moyer and Thompson.Another was between Berks and Montgomery and Thompson and Belgrade.

codergrrl's picture

The bleach mans name was

The bleach mans name was John, "John the Bleach Man"...he actually made the bleach in his house which was up an alley on Hewson, and he played the violin beautifully.
(Not to be confused with John the WaterIce man, who waiting outside of Holy Name every day, with his combination bicycle/waterice/pretzel thingy. For a nickle you could get a water ice, and if you were rich, you could spend a dime and get a water ice and a pretzel. There is nothing better than chocolate water ice and a salty pretzel...who needed dinner!)
The horse radish guy had a grinding box, with a hole in it, that kinda stood on a stick...you had to supply your own jar, or whatever, and he would stand at your step and pull out a root, and proceed to grind it in his little grinding box,,,all the while yelling at us kids, "Keep away, it'll burn your eyes!"
The hucksters were common place...
There was a mop man too, who came around with all types of cleaning products, and mops and brooms sticking out of the top of his vehicle.
The milk man had a truck that didn't even have a seat in it, he had to drive standing up!

Pure_Fishtown's picture

The mop man sold Fuller

The mop man sold Fuller Brush; we still have a few pieces left.

I can remember the milkman using ice to keep the product cold. On a hot summer day, our Abbott's guy would give you a piece of ice if you asked politely.

TECH's picture

Leo's bike shop on Girard

Leo's bike shop on Girard Ave. just east of Front st. and when Penn Treaty park had the pier with the roof over it. Was great on those hot sunny summer days.

codergrrl's picture

Rosenbergs Sporting Goods on

Rosenbergs Sporting Goods on Girard.
Jim Venutos Barber shop on Girard.
Wally's Stables on Leopard Street.

kdubs215's picture

The water ice man was the

The water ice man was the best .... you wouldnt find that anywhere else

Ftown66's picture

John the pretzel man. A true

John the pretzel man. A true classic.

PattiMey's picture

Ben's Men's clothing store

Ben's Men's clothing store at Oxford and Girard
M A B Paint Store
O K Shoe Store
LuBell's Dress Shop
Boltz Drug Store

dan's picture

The British Fort Batchelor's

The British Fort
Batchelor's Hall
Netawatwees' Wigwam

TECH's picture

dan wrote:The British

dan wrote:

The British Fort
Batchelor's Hall
Netawatwees' Wigwam

Dan are you giving hints at your age?

codergrrl's picture

Please keep casino talk in

Please keep casino talk in the casino thread!

Lisa33's picture

Dan, you made me laugh out

Dan, you made me laugh out loud.

Now to the rest of you old-timers... ;-)
Thanks for this thread. It gives me a nice sense of history about the place.

Does anyone remember a photo studio at West 3rd and Girard? We have some old family photos that were taken there, turn-of-the-century (1900), when our family mostly lived in South Jersey.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Lisa, I know there was one

Lisa, I know there was one on Second Street immediately below Girard. If memory serves me right; it was called Stahl's.

Lisa33's picture

Oh! Pure Fishtown, I'm going

Oh! Pure Fishtown, I'm going to look it up when I get home. I think that might be the name.

use2livethere's picture

see to old timers fishtown

see to old timers fishtown ran from front st to fleetwood bowel and from the river eddies just on the other side of eddies crab house

AM's picture

We've expanded!

We've expanded!

biggeo's picture

Lisa33 wrote:Oh! Pure

Lisa33 wrote:

Oh! Pure Fishtown, I'm going to look it up when I get home. I think that might be the name.

thats the name they were om second st above girad

biggeo's picture

the pretzel place on

the pretzel place on frankford ave (thank God their still there, the best pretzels in the city especially right out of the oven

Ftown66's picture

His name was George (i'm at

His name was George (i'm at a lose for his last name right now). He used to go door to door with a tote bag full of stuff for sale. Some days he had clothes and other days kitchen utensils or childrens toy. He was so well known that he could just open your door and hollar and walk in.