GREAT EXPECTATIONS

HOLY HELL! A NEW POST!! Hey all… i’m sure a lot of you have been wondering what the hell happened to me. Well I’m still here, just super busy. I think a lot of you know that i’m a graphic designer for a newspaper and December has been hectic as we wrapped up for the holiday break. I also have a little record label which has a lot going on right now… which is great, but also hindering my ability to scan newspapers or warm up a seat at the library. Never fear… these are just passing moments and will be lost to the supreme task of Manvilles historical documentataion once again very soon. I realize I have a lot of folks hanging on here (even though some of you seem to be carrying on quite well and keeping it on life support for me) Anyway… I beg your patience as switching this site back in full gear is high on the priority list for 2010 (saying that year still feels so wierd to me). For now though accept this consolation photo of Johns Manville. I just lifted this off of ebay the other day… it’s a gorgeous interpretation of the factory around the area where the freight bays were located. It looks like it was probably done with watercolor, and I feel like the bright colors (however pretty) are a bastardazation of how gloomy it probably looked in real life. Thanks again everyone for your patience… we be back in force very soon! HAPPY HOLIDAYS .XOXO.

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8 thoughts on “GREAT EXPECTATIONS

  1. Notice the pile of logs to the right in the photo, that is the famous creosote factory of waiting telephone poles to be dipped and soaked…………

  2. woah. that was a sweet piece of info. i knew the creosote factory was there… i just didn’t even think of that. awesome

  3. Gloomy?

    In the back where the boxcars were unloaded the sky was a blizzard of asbestos flakes from tossing the burlap onto skids.Even back in the 40’s men were dying of SOMETHING that ate their lungs.Everybody knew somebody with it, but you took your chances working their to feed your family and pay the mortgage.Light up a butt and throw them bags.Face mask? respirator?

    Ha hah ha

    If you went to Gamby’s Diner across the street,you brought Bestos with you.Shared it with everybody in the place.

    Night and day the slurry trucks carried wet slop from the pipe and sheet mills down to the land fill on Dukes.When the hot sun dried the water out of the slurry there were dust devils blowing across the plains from the North that whipped up ferocious blizzards of ‘snow’ down the fields and onto 13th and Dukes.

    Dukes Parkway always had a layer of asbestos on it from those trucks spilling slurry.This mess only washed away in the worst downpours or when the roads were plowed in the winter.

    All of us know the legacy of JM.All of us have friends and relatives that worked there,some had a final vacation in the hospital for a grisly finish.

    Corporate Greed and arrogance- It’s still killing this country.May even be killing the planet.

    We need a remembrance day in Manville to honor those that fell in the line of duty at JM – building a Town and their families.It’s only proper.

    • I remember as a kid following behind the trucks coming out of JM, we’d be riding our bikes hiding in the dust coming off the trucks. I know what the future holds for me…. Nobody ever knew how dangerous that stuff was.

    • My father played a lot of baseball at Dukes Parkway park and still talks of when they used to stick their tongues out to catch the summer “snow”. Egads!
      On that note, I also remember trailing the mosquito trucks on my bike down South 16th!
      The JM remembrance idea is very appropriate. Many of my relatives worked there (Pawlik, Bobrowski, Carmon, Sandusky). Although I am not aware if they had work related health issues – I’m sure there were some.

  4. A book just came out called “Notorious New Jersey: 100 True Tales of Murders and Mobsters, Scandals and Scoundrels” by John Blackwell. In it, there is a three page article about the Johns-Manville Asbestos coverup and the eventual backruptcy of the company. There is a picture from inside the factory and much talk about the town of Manville, spawned out of the unethical business practices.

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