Tour of Independent Record Pressing Co.

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DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2019

TIME: Optional Lunch – Noon       Tour – 1:30PM

LOCATION: Optional Lunch – Mastoris diner, 144 Rt. 130, Bordentown, NJ
                        Tour: IRP Co. – 300 Bordentown-Hedding Rd., Bordentown, NJ 

The Independent Record Pressing Co. presses 12-inch vinyl records in a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse just off Rt. 130. The company was co-founded in 2015 by David Hansen and Darius Van Arman, owners of independent-label record companies, in response to the need created by the unexpected 21st century renaissance of vinyl records.

IRP started with six Tracey-Val/Hamilton automatic presses that dated to the 1970’s. They came from one of the longest running presses on the East Coast; Hub-Servall Record Mfg. Corp., which had operated in Cranbury, NJ but closed its doors in 2004 and sold its 14 presses to RIP-V Pressing Plant in Quebec, Canada. When RIP-V closed in turn in 2015, Hansen and Van Arman bought the presses and Dave Miller, son of the original founder of Hub-Servall, brought them back into operation at IRP. He is the plant manager of IRP while Sean Rutkowski is the general manager.

The company still operates two of the old machines, along with six new electric presses. Vinyl pellets sourced from Thailand are poured into a press’s extruder, melted with steam, and formed into a lump about the size of a hockey puck. Labels are put on top and bottom and the whole is pressed between metal stampers. The excess vinyl is trimmed off and the discs are water cooled. After being checked they are sleeved and jacketed and packaged for shipping.

REGISTRATION or QUESTIONS: E-mail or call Helen Schenck at hschenck@princeton.edu or 609-386-4180

DEADLINE: May 21st

You Are Invited…

Manayunk Canal

Society for Industrial Archeology
OLIVER EVANS CHAPTER
are invited as guests of the
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

Reception, Exhibition and Film

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Time: 5:00PM – 6:30PM

Join us for a reception for the current Bicentennial exhibition about the Manayunk and Fairmount Canals, curated by Sandy Sorlien of the FWWIC.

Enjoy refreshments while we also premiere the new short film Shadow River at 5:30PM by Manayunk’s Addison Geary.

Along with historic maps and contemporary photographs, the film will feature interviews with archaeologist Kristin Swanton, preservation consultant Stuart Wells and canal historian and tour guide Glenn Wenrich. The filmmaker and featured experts will join us for Q&A after the film.

Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center,  640 Water Works Drive

Registration: Space is limited. RSVP to sandysorlien@comcast.net

 

Underground Philadelphia: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

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Monday, April 8, 2019

speakers and authors
Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak

Philadelphia’s relationship with the underground is as old as the city itself, dating back to when Quaker settlers resided in caves alongside the Delaware River more than three hundred years ago. The City of Brotherly Love later became a national and world leader in the delivery of water, gas, steam, and electricity during the industrial age. The construction of multiple subway lines within Center City took place during the early twentieth century. An intricate subsurface pedestrian concourse was also developed throughout the downtown area for the city’s inhabitants. From Thirtieth Street Station and Reading Terminal to the Commuter Rail Tunnel and transit lines that were never built, Philadelphia’s infrastructure history is buried under the earth as much as above. Join authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak as they reveal the curious aspects of the Quaker City’s underground experience.

Harry Kyriakodis is a librarian, historian and writer about Philadelphia and has collected a library of more than 2,800 books about the City of Brotherly Love. He is a founding member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides and gives walking tours and presentations on unique yet unappreciated parts of the city.

Joel Spivak is an architect, artist, author and community activist in Philadelphia where he helped lead the renaissance of South Street in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. He is the author of 3 books on Philadelphia railroads and public transit. Both Harry and Joel are long-time members of OE/SIA.

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019
Time: 5:30 Refreshments               6:15 Program
Cost: $10 per person if preregistered        $15 if not reserved
Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, 640 Water Works Drive
You can park in the Circle, closer to the FWWIC

Registration: E-mail names of members and guests to
reesepdavis@gmail.com or phone Reese at 610-692-4456

 

200 Years of Water: The Manayunk Canal 1819-2019

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Hosted by Manayunk Canal Bicentennial 2019 and Fairmount Water Works

Wednesday March 13 at 6 PM to 7:30

Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center

Free and open to the public, no registration required.

To celebrate the Bicentennial of the Manayunk Canal, which opened in March 1819, Fairmount Water Works presents a free Speakers Forum about the past, present, and future of the canal. Come hear how the Canal was saved from expressways and parking lots in the 1970s. Many of the canal saviors will be in attendance!

Attendees receive a 12-page commemorative booklet “Fairmount and the Manayunk Canal 1819-2019: Two Hundred Years of Confluence”

7:45 PM – Informal celebrating, Happy Hour prices at Manayunk Brewing Company, 4120 Main St

Show your booklet to get the discount.

Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center
7 Lock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127

The link below provides information on parking and public transportation
http://veniceisland.org/plan-your-visit

 

THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD IN THE LOWER SCHUYLKILL VALLEY

Phoenixville station and tower overlooking the iron and steel complex ca. 1910

Phoenixville station and tower overlooking the iron and steel works.

The Schuylkill River Heritage Center
presents a talk by David Messer,
a celebrated author of many books about railroads

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM
The Foundry at The Schuylkill River Heritage Center
2 N Main Street, Phoenixville, PA

Admission is Free and no registration is required.

http://www.phoenixvillefoundry.org/

 

STEEL MILL NARROW GAUGE RAILROADS

A presentation at the National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem, PA
Sunday, February 24th at 2pm

Narrow Gauge railroads were an integral component of many integrated steel plants, useful for their ability to move heavy loads within the tight confines of steel mills. The Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum has undertaken a project to recreate a narrow gauge steel mill railroad including examples of the specialized rolling stock such as Open Hearth charging trains and Ingot Mold trains. The centerpiece of this new exhibit, named the J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad, is a 1937 H.K. Porter saddle tank steam locomotive which will return to operation in Youngstown this year. This presentation will discuss the creation of the J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad and the restoration of J&L (Jones & Laughlin) steam locomotive number 58.

The presentation will be given by Rick Rowlands. Rick Rowlands is the executive director of the Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum in Youngstown, Ohio. He has been involved in various aspects of steel industry history and preservation for over two decades including the preservation of blast furnaces and steam-driven rolling Mills.

This talk, part of the museum’s ongoing “How It Works” series that takes place on the fourth Sunday of every month, is designed to help patrons further understand of specific facets of industrial history. Admission for the “How It Works” tour is $5 in addition to regular museum admission.

Here is a link to information on visiting the museum.

http://nmih.org/visit/

Underground Philadelphia: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

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Philadelphia’s relationship with the underground is as old as the city itself, dating back to when Quaker settlers resided in caves alongside the Delaware River more than three hundred years ago. The City of Brotherly Love later became a national and world leader in the delivery of water, gas, steam, and electricity during the industrial age. The construction of multiple subway lines within Center City took place during the early twentieth century. An intricate subsurface pedestrian concourse was also developed throughout the downtown area for the city’s inhabitants. From Thirtieth Street Station and Reading Terminal to the Commuter Rail Tunnel and transit lines that were never built, Philadelphia’s infrastructure history is buried under the earth as much as above. Join authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak as they reveal the curious aspects of the Quaker City’s underground experience.


Harry Kyriakodis is a librarian, historian and writer about Philadelphia and has collected what is likely the largest private collection of books about the City of Brotherly Love—more than 2,800 titles, new and old. He is a founding/certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides and gives walking tours and presentations on unique yet unappreciated parts of the city for various groups. Once an officer in the U.S. Army Field Artillery, Harry is a graduate of La Salle University (1986) and Temple University School of Law (1993). He is also the author of Philadelphia’s Lost Waterfront (2011) and Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward (2012), both published by The History Press, and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway (2014), a postcard history book from Arcadia Publishing. Harry is a member of the Philadelphia chapter of the Society for Industrial Archaeology and also writes regularly for the blog Hidden City Philadelphia.

Joel Spivak is an architect, artist, author and community activist in Philadelphia, where he helped lead the renaissance of South Street in the 1970s and early 1980s by coordinating with artists and builders. He opened his own specialty toy store, Rocketships & Accessories, and in 1992 co-founded Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, an artists’ collective. Nicknamed the “Trolley Lama” for his expertise in Philadelphia’s public transit history, Joel has a degree in industrial arts and is a member of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. His books include Philadelphia Trolleys (2003) and Philadelphia Railroads (2010), both with Allen Meyers and part of Arcadia’s “Images of Rail” series. Joel also self-published Market Street Elevated Passenger Railway Centennial, 1907–2007 for the 100th anniversary of the El. He originated Philadelphia’s National Hot Dog Month celebration, which spotlights both non-vegan and vegan sandwiches. His wife is artist Diane Keller.

ISBN: 9781625859730
Publisher: The History Press
Date: 02/11/2019
State: Pennsylvania
Images: 67 Black And White
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)

Below is a link to the publisher’s website where the book can be ordered.
https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781625859730

The Oliver Evans Chapter is planning an authors’ presentation this coming Spring. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at this event.