Coal Region Color

There were silver linings to being without power for a week due to Hurricane Sandy. One was that we took a trip to Northeast Pennsylvania to visit with my parents for a few days.

While we weren’t due for a visit there, it’s always good to go back to the house I grew up in and have my kids see their grandparents. Frankly, though, it’s a little surreal to sleep in my old bed with my 2 1/2 year old son sleeping in a Pac-N-Play right next to me. My old bedroom is small, but was always big enough for me and my imagination.

I just never imagined my son would be sleeping in the same room with me at some point.

Anyway, driving around with my kids at one point, we were in Plains Township, right next door to the city of Wilkes-Barre. Plains is a little town, population about 4,000, and sits right next to the Susquehanna River, right in the heart of the Pennsylvania Coal Region.

Plains is a quiet, small little down. One of it’s favorite sons was Big Ed Walsh, a spitballer (it was legal then) in the early 1900’s.

We passed Nardy’s TV and Appliance at one point and I couldn’t get over the look. I don’t quite remember my family ever shopping for electronics at Nardy’s (though I do remember a few visits, probably on a Saturday morning, to Sneaker King just down the block to get basketball sneakers.)

So, a day or so later, as I was heading back to New Jersey, I had to swing back through Plains and get some images of this old building.

It’s got some style, giving a little color to the coal region.

© Mark V. Krajnak 2012 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved

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2 thoughts on “Coal Region Color

  1. Very cool….this is my Uncle’s store…Al Oeller (aka Butch) . My brother came across this pic on facebook….thanks for sharing.

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