Each time that I return back to the USA, it is a bit like letting loose a kid in a candy shop.
My senses are overflowing…
I am seeing familiar sights,reuniting with lost tastes and smells, and generally enjoying every moment. Because, it is not everyday that I return. I am out to enjoy!
These shots are a few of a few sites that strike me as being very American. I cannot find any of these scenes in France and for someone who has lived the last 20 years of her life off American soil, these photos stand out! If I still lived in North America, I would have probably not batted an eyelash in passing.
I have them in b&w for the nostalgia element. I could be back in the seventies or eighties and despite the different styles, it could be most of the same thing!
Machine newspaper vendors . I remember buying a weekday paper for under a dollar. Try to do that today!
A volunteer tries to get a passerby to register on the electoral lists. This was on South street.
These volunteers were Downtown( I believe on Chestnut street)
Yes, politicking is hard work… a man waiting for his order at a hotdog stand.
Funny advertising… a costumed person advertising the merits of a famous sandwich. I much prefer eating one like you than a hotdog…
And finally, if you wiped out your travel budget, you can still splurge in a dollar store. If things have not changed, all items on sale cost a dollar or less. On the other hand,I have never seen “a one euro store”.
Remember when our parents(or grandparents) talked about the “five and dime” stores?? Like Woolworths, for example.
I hope that you enjoyed Philadelphia during my “photostock January”. It was a pleasure showing these photos to you.