Memories of My Northeast Philly, circa 1966-1974

Center of this Universe: Ashton & Willits Roads
Frankie Masters, Joseph’s Delicatessen, wiffle ball, Holme Circle, Winchester Swim Club, St. Jerome Church & School, Father Dougherty, 25-minute Masses, “Winchester, Colfax & Narvon lines …”, EJ Korvettes, Crown Cork & Seal, friendly football games, Angus Road, nasty football rivalry, Grant & Ashton, Grant & Academy, John Byrnes GC, the fence along Torresdale CC, Pollock School & playground, softball, FlatIron, chain-link basketball nets, the “Big A”, turtle jungle gym, huge angled sheet-metal slide, Route 20 & 88 bus, Philadelphia Electric Co substation (Ashton), North(east) Philadelphia Airport, Ryerson Road, Ryerson Circle, the 5 & 10 cent store (Willits), Shop ‘n Bag(s), “Free Soviet Jews” (B’Nai B’Rith??), 15-cent burgers at McDonalds (Frankford Ave.), Linden Avenue projects, I-95, Roosevelt Boulevard, Roosevelt Mall, Thomas Holme School, Cannstatters, Father Judge HS, dances in the gym, Cottage Green, the original intersection of Ashton & Willits, Lincoln HS, the football bowl, Thanksgiving football games, concrete roads, Bluegrass Shopping Center, grass median strips, Nazareth Hospital, Pennypack Circle, jungle-themed miniature golf, concrete underpasses (before and after), Shriner’s Hospital, Pennypack Park, beer parties, cops, running, beer-dumping parties, street hockey, Flyers Stanley Cup street celebrations, Holy Family College, Nazareth Academy, girls at Archbishop Ryan/St. Huberts, robin-egg blue police cars (post-’74?), PTC, Crispin Gardens, pee wee football, little league, The Evening Bulletin, newspaper shack on Ashton near Winchester SC …  

(Disclaimer:  Dysfunctional memory may result in not-completely-correct recollections.  Please feel free to correct any inconsistencies via Leave a Comment/Post a Reply below.)

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37 thoughts on “Memories of My Northeast Philly, circa 1966-1974

  1. Went to Jeromes 64 -72. Hung at Pollack, drinking behind the backstop, Hardee’s Fast Food at Home Circle was perfect after a night of partying. LOL, or Slim Jim sandwiches from 7-11 across the street!!

          • Mike, That was it !!! Thank you. My wife was lived just beyond Holme Circle and I lived in Olney. Both worked at Film Corporation of America on the Boulevard behind the IRS. Summer college job where I met her. We used to go Gene’s alot back then but then moved out of Phily after being married. She went to Ryan then LaSalle and I went to Roman then Villanova. Those were good times for sure.

            • Remember Film Corp. My dad worked at Philadelphia Steel, which was close by the northwest edge of the NE Philly Airport. I went to Judge and LaSalle. Carol to Ryan and Penn State via Frankford Hospital’s School of Nursing. Was NEVER in Gene’s (that I recall) … Though I may have patronized one of it’s later iterations. ; ^)

  2. I lived on Stamford street. Went to Pollock and loved the chain link nets at Pollock. I live down the shore now, but miss the NE.

    • I remember the Big A structure. We used to run up the angled sides to get up on the roof of it. Also that bizarre angled sliding board thing that is probably banned now in half the States as a fall and injury hazard!

  3. Moved to 2700 block of Tremont St in Dec ’61. Joe and his brother opened right around then and I helped carry rolls in and got a job sweeping and mopping at closing time. Mom worked there for years, Dad worked there when laid off from PTC (later Septa). Older brother worked there for a while. Joe made the best hoagies!!! Later, Joe’s uncle, Carl was the head cook, and a great one. Lot’s of neighborhood kids worked there. Frankie Masters (dishwasher for a few months) wonderful crab cakes on Friday nights. Gary Marks Atlantic station……worked there as well, I could go on& on. Great time of my life!

    • Good memories! Knew a lot of guys who worked at Joe’s (’70s-’80s), but I wasn’t one of them. Absolutely the best lunchmeats and sandwiches … hands down!
      I worked as a dishwasher at Frankie Masters … but only for a week or two. Rough job …
      We used to take our cars to the Texaco across the street from Marks’.
      Had The Bulletin route across Ashton from Joe’s and Master’s on Tremont and Maxwell for years. My brother had an Inquirer route on the other side of Ashton.
      Good memories!

  4. St. Jerome’s School, 1960-68…
    Thanks for the memories, I’ll add a few more: Snow plow coming to clear our street after a blizzard in 1960, sledding down Winchester Hill in the winter, hot dogs at the 5&10 store, donuts on Sunday from Al and Lou’s market on Welsh Rd (I think I got the name right!), selling Christmas cards, exploring Pennypack Park…Sally Starr, Happy the Clown, Pixanne (children’s TV hosts), May processions, school carnival in June, “mischief night” (Oct. 30), playing football in the street, staying out until 9 PM in the summertime, old Ashton Road (shortcut to the swim club), Winchester swim team…so many memories!

  5. Wow, Those fit my experiences. It is funny how a word or phrase brings back so many memories. Powder blue police cars…Getting chased for standing around, walking from Oakland and Pratt st all the way up to Father Judge HS when the busses were full due to snow. Catching a ride with your thumb at 5am on Roosevelt blvd to get to rowing practice on the River drive. Ginos on Frankford ave. Chipping in change from our pockets to the lucky people who had cars and cruising anywhere. way to go with those words…

  6. How can you leave out street hockey, The Woods, Buc-Buc, Wireball. I sort of remember it being Free Soviet Jewelry….

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