shrunk 1957
The Edsel had flopped. The Dodgers were moving to Los Angeles. Albert Anastasia had been dead for 33 days. Where were you?.

David Goodis
Philadelphia's Noir Prince

“After a while it gets so bad that you want to stop the whole business. You figure that there’s no use in trying to fight back. Things are set dead against you and the sooner you give up the better. It’s like a mile run. You’re back there in seventh place and there isn’t a chance in the world. The feet are burning, the lungs are bursting, and all you want to do is fall down and take a rest.”

----First paragraph of David Goodis’ first novel Retreat from Oblivion (1939).

David Goodis surrounded by Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart. Notice the lines of B&B's clothing and Bogart's real hairline. Photo courtesy of April Feld Sandor.

So began the writing career of David Goodis. Typical Goodis. A statement of frustration, introducing a tale of gloom, depression and despair. Noir at its blackest.

David Goodis was Philadelphia’s noir prince. After graduating from Temple University in 1938, Goodis moved to New York where he wrote advertising copy, radio scripts and thousands of words for pulp magazines. In the mid-1940’s he was in Hollywood as a screenwriter. He crashed and returned to his parents’ home in Philadelphia, where he churned out novels and short stories, depicting the bleakness and darkness of lives in free fall.

Who was David Goodis and why did he write as he did?.

David Goodis: Resurrecting the Poet of the Losers, the Internet's biggest source for all things Goodis.


The Left and the Philadelphia City Charter

As America entered the crest of the McCarthy era, the far left made a brave attempt to influence public policy in Philadelphia. From the archives of the Jenkins Law Library, read how the Communist Party and the Progressive Party wanted to design the new City Charter. Click to
The Left and the Philadelphia City Charter.

The Priscilla Hiss Bryn Mawr Archives

More than half a century has elapsed since the nation was rocked by the Hiss-Chambers case, in which an editor for Time Magazine accused a former State Department official of stealing documents for the Soviet Union. There is a Philadelphia connection. Priscilla Hiss, wife of Alger Hiss and the suspected typist of abstracts of the stolen documents, grew up on Philadelphia's Main Line and attended Bryn Mawr College. To learn more about her life, visit the Priscilla Hiss Bryn Mawr Archives.

Classic black and white film photography

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Nothing beats black and white film photography. Not color. Not digital. Drama. Impact. Intensity.

Nothing beats the mystery of the darkroom. The smell of the chemicals. The magic of emerging images. Nothing beats cameras that are just cameras. Meter. Focus. Shoot. No computer delays. Speed and simplicity perfected.

In Vancouver, Washington, it has become the underground medium for high school photography students. Black and white analog photography is the retrorevolution.
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Fourth Naval District

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See my photographs from the USS HERMITAGE (LSD-34). Click here.

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