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(Glum Guy)   Morphing before-after photos of a Poconos resort. Warning - the before ones are from the hopeful 60's, the after ones are stereotypical of 2020   (flashbak.com) divider line
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2226 clicks; posted to Geek » on 16 Jul 2020 at 11:01 AM (2 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-07-16 10:09:33 AM  
That was surreal indeed. My mom, 87, is on her deathbed. She's had a good run. Looking though old pictures looks exactly like the before photos. Her and my dad, mid-50s newlyweds, the places they went and even their own home, had that look. Mom is petite and looked good in everything; she dressed very nicely. She wore the era stylishly.

Continuing through the photo albums, they did well enough yet it seems their homes and the places they went never lived up to those old glory days. Everything became much more bland and standardized. Mom herself, as you might expect, looks more like the after pictures.

It's a big metaphor to her and her generation. It will never be like that again. And they don't make them like Mom anymore either.
 
2020-07-16 10:21:28 AM  
I love the retouched bright colors of those old photos. And the architecture. And the smiling propaganda faces. It brings you instantly into the hopefulness of that era.
 
2020-07-16 10:25:15 AM  
That was pretty cool.
 
2020-07-16 10:30:37 AM  
The Poconos were frigging weird.  I got laid there, so I can't complain.  But it was a very weird scene.
 
2020-07-16 10:53:30 AM  
Sad.
 
2020-07-16 11:03:23 AM  
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I would have loved to poke no-no's in the Poconos back in the mid-century days.
Now? Not so much.
 
2020-07-16 11:15:00 AM  
Canadian here, what natural disaster caused such vast exodus from these places?
 
2020-07-16 11:16:07 AM  

likwidflame: Canadian here, what natural disaster caused such vast exodus from these places?


The 1960's and 1970's.
 
2020-07-16 11:29:15 AM  

likwidflame: Canadian here, what natural disaster caused such vast exodus from these places?


Cheap air travel.  Why drive 6 hours into the hills when you could fly to Florida?
 
2020-07-16 11:33:50 AM  

likwidflame: Canadian here, what natural disaster caused such vast exodus from these places?


Boomers.
 
2020-07-16 11:34:52 AM  
That was incredibly fascinating. Thank you very much whoever submitted that
 
2020-07-16 11:39:34 AM  

edmo: That was surreal indeed. My mom, 87, is on her deathbed. She's had a good run. Looking though old pictures looks exactly like the before photos. Her and my dad, mid-50s newlyweds, the places they went and even their own home, had that look. Mom is petite and looked good in everything; she dressed very nicely. She wore the era stylishly.

Continuing through the photo albums, they did well enough yet it seems their homes and the places they went never lived up to those old glory days. Everything became much more bland and standardized. Mom herself, as you might expect, looks more like the after pictures.

It's a big metaphor to her and her generation. It will never be like that again. And they don't make them like Mom anymore either.


When the 1% takes more and more of the nations wealth over time, there r consequences.
 
2020-07-16 11:41:15 AM  

SoupGuru: I love the retouched bright colors of those old photos. And the architecture. And the smiling propaganda faces. It brings you instantly into the hopefulness of that era.


They were smiling bec life was better back then. In the 80s the top 1% began taking more and more of the nations gdp.
 
2020-07-16 11:42:09 AM  
Surprised someone hadn't ripped up the wood from the bowling alley.  That's damn good wood, and has held up over the years.  Makes great worktables.
 
2020-07-16 11:43:08 AM  
That was cool.  Now take a picture of this in black light:

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2020-07-16 11:48:13 AM  

likwidflame: Canadian here, what natural disaster caused such vast exodus from these places?


In the 80s the richest 1% began taking more and more of the nations wealth over time. Democratic Institutions were defunded.

What exists now is the end result.

If this trajectory continues murca will end up a 3rd world nation and the rich will live like Kings.
 
2020-07-16 11:51:16 AM  
Awesome find, thanks subby!
 
2020-07-16 11:53:19 AM  
Anybody know the contact info for the location scout for Tales From The Loop?
 
2020-07-16 11:54:28 AM  

dittybopper: likwidflame: Canadian here, what natural disaster caused such vast exodus from these places?

The 1960's and 1970's.


Liar.

The New Deal in the 30s plus wwii put this nation on a huge growth spurt and the middle class grew fast and was prosperous like it has never been before.

Then in the late 70s early 80s the top 1% began taking more and more of the nations gdp. That and manufacturing was moved overseas to cheap labor so stock owners would get even more free capital gains money. Labor costs reduce company profits.

Less for the bottom 99% and more for the top.
 
2020-07-16 12:24:04 PM  

SoupGuru: I love the retouched bright colors of those old photos. And the architecture. And the smiling propaganda faces. It brings you instantly into the hopefulness of that era.


I worked Grossinger's when I was in college. Loved the job and perks. Women everywhere.
 
2020-07-16 12:25:58 PM  

likwidflame: Canadian here, what natural disaster caused such vast exodus from these places?


I grew up in NY state in the 70s/80s, the Poconos were considered pretty trashy by then.

My parents stayed at a hotel there on their honeymoon in the mid 60s, they said the vibe was just very strange even in the 60s, then later that year the hotel owner was busted for having hidden cameras over the beds in the rooms.

Probably multiple reasons for the area's downfall, but I'd agree with the farker about the cheaper/quicker air travel after jets became common being a big game changer.
 
2020-07-16 12:41:37 PM  

edmo: That was surreal indeed. My mom, 87, is on her deathbed. She's had a good run. Looking though old pictures looks exactly like the before photos. Her and my dad, mid-50s newlyweds, the places they went and even their own home, had that look. Mom is petite and looked good in everything; she dressed very nicely. She wore the era stylishly.

Continuing through the photo albums, they did well enough yet it seems their homes and the places they went never lived up to those old glory days. Everything became much more bland and standardized. Mom herself, as you might expect, looks more like the after pictures.

It's a big metaphor to her and her generation. It will never be like that again. And they don't make them like Mom anymore either.


Sorry about your mom.
 
2020-07-16 12:48:40 PM  

likwidflame: Canadian here, what natural disaster caused such vast exodus from these places?


When Americans decided that trashing beaches in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean were much more exciting vacations.
 
2020-07-16 12:51:22 PM  

edmo: That was surreal indeed. My mom, 87, is on her deathbed. She's had a good run. Looking though old pictures looks exactly like the before photos. Her and my dad, mid-50s newlyweds, the places they went and even their own home, had that look. Mom is petite and looked good in everything; she dressed very nicely. She wore the era stylishly.

Continuing through the photo albums, they did well enough yet it seems their homes and the places they went never lived up to those old glory days. Everything became much more bland and standardized. Mom herself, as you might expect, looks more like the after pictures.

It's a big metaphor to her and her generation. It will never be like that again. And they don't make them like Mom anymore either.


Even after all that I bet she doesn't have a bunch of idiots' names in balloon letters sprayed all over her.  Taggers are the scum of the earth.
 
2020-07-16 12:51:38 PM  

Linux_Yes: dittybopper: likwidflame: Canadian here, what natural disaster caused such vast exodus from these places?

The 1960's and 1970's.

Liar.

The New Deal in the 30s plus wwii put this nation on a huge growth spurt and the middle class grew fast and was prosperous like it has never been before.

Then in the late 70s early 80s the top 1% began taking more and more of the nations gdp. That and manufacturing was moved overseas to cheap labor so stock owners would get even more free capital gains money. Labor costs reduce company profits.

Less for the bottom 99% and more for the top.


Besides the bowling alley, none of that resort looked cool enough to go to, and there are bowling alleys near where I live. I don't see how differences between the rich and poor had anything to do with this place going out of business. Their is no draw to go there. Who wants to get out of the country to go to an isolated place in the country?
 
2020-07-16 1:03:41 PM  
Now, I just want to go there and squat!
 
2020-07-16 1:04:45 PM  
 
2020-07-16 1:15:19 PM  

OldJames: Linux_Yes: dittybopper: likwidflame: Canadian here, what natural disaster caused such vast exodus from these places?

The 1960's and 1970's.

Liar.

The New Deal in the 30s plus wwii put this nation on a huge growth spurt and the middle class grew fast and was prosperous like it has never been before.

Then in the late 70s early 80s the top 1% began taking more and more of the nations gdp. That and manufacturing was moved overseas to cheap labor so stock owners would get even more free capital gains money. Labor costs reduce company profits.

Less for the bottom 99% and more for the top.

Besides the bowling alley, none of that resort looked cool enough to go to, and there are bowling alleys near where I live. I don't see how differences between the rich and poor had anything to do with this place going out of business. Their is no draw to go there. Who wants to get out of the country to go to an isolated place in the country?


Why indeed? It's not like people who live in cities would want to get away to somewhere with outdoor spaces, indoor and outdoor pools, a lake, or outdoor activities.
 
2020-07-16 1:16:46 PM  
I still don't understand why the real estate is left vacant in the Poconos and Catskills.  It's not like New York state has been depopulated.  Is there not a continuous push by people trying to move out of the cities, and then out of the urban sprawl created by moving out of the cities?  In Colorado this has created the phenomenon of "suburbs" scattered throughout the mountains (complete with big box stores) despite the absence of an "urb".
 
2020-07-16 1:44:48 PM  

cdsmith74: OldJames: Linux_Yes: dittybopper: likwidflame: Canadian here, what natural disaster caused such vast exodus from these places?

The 1960's and 1970's.

Liar.

The New Deal in the 30s plus wwii put this nation on a huge growth spurt and the middle class grew fast and was prosperous like it has never been before.

Then in the late 70s early 80s the top 1% began taking more and more of the nations gdp. That and manufacturing was moved overseas to cheap labor so stock owners would get even more free capital gains money. Labor costs reduce company profits.

Less for the bottom 99% and more for the top.

Besides the bowling alley, none of that resort looked cool enough to go to, and there are bowling alleys near where I live. I don't see how differences between the rich and poor had anything to do with this place going out of business. Their is no draw to go there. Who wants to get out of the country to go to an isolated place in the country?

Why indeed? It's not like people who live in cities would want to get away to somewhere with outdoor spaces, indoor and outdoor pools, a lake, or outdoor activities.


I loved going to Kutchers.
 
2020-07-16 3:07:15 PM  
l never been to the Poconos, but with COVID and all the wealthy bugging out NYC... you would think an investors would buy a place up there and convert it into mansions where the wealthy can go and "hide" (...as opposed to the Hamptons or some such place)
 
2020-07-16 4:13:45 PM  

indy_kid: Surprised someone hadn't ripped up the wood from the bowling alley.  That's damn good wood, and has held up over the years.  Makes great worktables.


I've seen countertops made of it. Lovely if you can get it.
 
2020-07-16 6:32:35 PM  

feanorn: indy_kid: Surprised someone hadn't ripped up the wood from the bowling alley.  That's damn good wood, and has held up over the years.  Makes great worktables.

I've seen countertops made of it. Lovely if you can get it.


Some owners will allow salvage companies to remove stuff for a fee but there's huge liability. Firstly there's the obvious stuff like structural collapse due to the decayed condition, but the real concern is hazardous materials like asbestos, lead paint and other heavy metals like cadmium and mercury, transformer oils, mold, etc. Looking at most of those photos, and the age and current condition of those buildings I wouldn't enter any of them without a suit and p100 mask.

One of my clients bought property with 3 post-war houses last year with plans to build a large affordable housing development on the site. We were approached by about a dozen people / companies asking for salvage rights but most of them were small operations with no insurance coverage. Even the more professional ones were skimping on safety precautions. We let one guy in to salvage some 1950s hardwood flooring and even after giving him a copy of the hasmat report the idiot still shows up with no safety gear in a house with airborne asbestos levels 20x the allowable limit and mold so bad the entire basement was 10cm deep in mycelium. Lesson learned, going forward no more salvage. We'll just go straight to demo.
 
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