June 29, 2014

Swedish House Mafia (Save the World) | Music


Being of half-Swedish ancestry I couldn't help but be intrigued by a group called Swedish House Mafia.  😂

 

This is such a striking video. 

 

The song is catchy but the story and visuals are what really make the video interesting. 

 

I love the heroes that save the day!

 



Please read more about Swedish House Mafia.

 

You may also want to read my post on Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush.

 

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June 27, 2014

Cherry Blossom Pink In Branch Brook Park | Newark, New Jersey

Cherry Blossoms


Pink Cherry Blossoms


Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey  boasts over 4,000 cherry trees – more than Washington, D.C.! 

In the spring they bloom with an explosion of lovely cherry blossoms. 


Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

 

Please check out more cherry blossom photos:      

 

Cherry Blossoms (2010) 

The Cherry Blossom Trees are Starting to Bloom (2015)

Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Park (2015)


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June 26, 2014

Look For the Union Label TV Commercial | Television

Garment Union Commercial Screenshot

Look For The Union Label


This commercial for ILGWU (The International Ladies Garment Workers Union) ran in various forms throughout my childhood. The 1978 version:


Here is the 1981 version.



This was when some clothes were still made in the U.S.A, although that was starting to change. 

 

It was reasonably easy to get a job back then . . . not like now.

 

These commercials were really famous back in the 1970s and the early 1980s. 

 

Remember, with only 3 networks plus PBS, television advertising was very powerful. 

 

As a matter of fact, there were quite a few parodies of this song.

 

Real workers were used in these commercials. 

 

I didn't pay much attention to them back then, although I would sing the song as the commercial played, but they really touch my heart now.

 

You can find the history of ILGWU and the lyrics for this song here:

 

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union

 

You may also read about the labor movement in New Jersey:

American Labor Museum and the Pietro and Maria Botto House | Haledon, New Jersey 

 

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June 22, 2014

The Brainy Borough | Metuchen, New Jersey

Metuchen Post Office, New Jersey
Metuchen, NJ Post Office, Brainy Boro Station

 

The Brainy Borough

 

As I wrote in my post about the Lake Hiawatha Firehouse, many New Jersey town names are derived from Native American words. 

For example, the very nice borough (sometimes spelled "boro") of Metuchen is named for the Indian chief Metuching.

Metuchen is located in Middlesex County, completely surrounded by the much larger Edison Township, like a hole in a doughnut.

Just about 100 years ago, Metuchen had many intellectuals living and working in the town. 

 

The prosperous community of Glen Ridge had many intellectuals of their own and they decided that they were obviously a smarter town and they would claim bragging rights to the title. 

Metuchen responded to the challenge, and had a contest with Glen Ridge to decide which was the “brainy boro.” 

 

Metuchen won, and the name has stuck. 

 

Metuchen has never forgotten this, and has been bragging about this for the last century. 

To prove this, here are some links: 

 

Metuchen: The Brainy Borough's 'Overnight' Success 

Metuchen Living: People Events and Places in the Brainy Boro: Co-Working in the Brainy Boro 

Recently, there was a vaguely worried article on NJ.com about Metuchen’s downtown area, although the author assured readers that “plenty of people have moved to the Brainy Borough because they liked its vibrant, walkable downtown." 

Not to worry. Not only is the official motto of the town “The Official Brainy Borough” but one of the two post office branches is still called the “Brainy Boro Station.” 

 

Metuchen Post Office, New Jersey
Brainy Boro Station, Metuchen, NJ Post Office
 

You may also want to read my post about the Lake Hiawatha firehouse.   


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June 21, 2014

Lake Hiawatha Firehouse | Parsippany, New Jersey

Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey

 

Lake Hiawatha

 

Lake Hiawatha is one of several communities within the large township of Parsippany. 

 

Towns and areas with names of Native American origin are common in New Jersey. 

 

The name “Parsippany” is derived from a Lenape word which means “where the river winds through the valley.” 

 

Lake Hiawatha has many streets named after Native American words: Iroquois, Mohegan, Oswego, Seminole, Navajo, and my favorite, Minnehaha Boulevard. 

 

On the front of the building are the following words:  

 

The Desire to Serve. The Courage to Act. The Ability to Perform.



Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire House in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire House in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey





You may also want to read my post about The Brainy Borough | Metuchen, New Jersey

 

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