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Yes, that dress really did look like a garbage bag….and I mean that in the coolest way possible! ;-)


Last night I participated in the first ever Scranton Photo Walk. You can read all about it in this newspaper article, where I was quoted!


Featured in Flickr's EXPLORE on July 30, 2012, #86

I found this tag on the side of the historic Hotel Jermyn (built in 1895).


Based on the fin-like feet and funny round head, I can only assume that it means “No Aliens Allowed”. But after speaking to a few of the residents (the hotel is now utilized as an apartment building), I believe the aliens have already infiltrated! ;-)


I was going to ask if I could go inside to get a few pictures, because it reminded me of the Hotel Sterling during the years of decline, but there was such an overwhelming stench of urine outside, that I opted to just forget about that idea.


The Hotel’s ballroom was converted into a theater about a decade ago, but the theater company has since vacated.


I did learn that one of the local ghost hunter groups did an investigation of the property. After doing a little Googling, I found information about a woman jumping to her death from the seventh floor of the hotel, Mrs. Ethel White of Buffalo. She was passing through Scranton with her husband James, while on a business trip to Washington D.C. James was a sales representative for the Burns Bottling Machinery Company of Baltimore.


On August 21, 1947, Ethel White threw herself out of the window of room 724, with no explanation. Her husband told police that she didn't seem like herself during the drive, but her spirits seemed to improve when they arrived in Scranton.


August 21 is just around the corner ….perhaps a little séance on the sidewalk would be fun on that date! And don’t worry about the hotel residents, they seem MOSTLY harmless--but I’d watch out for that guy on the bike with the training wheels! ;-)


You can read about the first Scranton Photo Walk here (I was quoted in the article):


This photo was featured in EXPLORE on August 5, 2012, #105