Tubbs' currant picker:
While digging through some family photos, I was delighted to discover one of the photos I took of Elton "Tubby" Tubbs currant picker, circa 1960. My dad, Don Blackburn, and I - then Marybelle Blackburn - were doing photos for a brochure to promote Tubbs' new invention. The discovered photo shows the hand-held vibrator being applied to shake currants off the currant bush branch into a container.
A mystery bar photo tentatively identified:
One of Elton Tubbs’ currant pickers circa 1960.
This past year, on Great Things About Westfield, a photo was posted showing a bar room circa early 1930s.
There was a flurry of speculation about what Westfield establishment this might be. The most likely guess was that it was the first Calarco's Bar on Market Street. So, during a recent interview with Vinnie Calarco at the VA Hospital in Erie, Pa., I showed him a print-out of the photo. He studied it for several minutes and commented on several things in the photo identical to the items he recalled being in the downstairs, north side of the building that had been his poppa's first bar and lunch room that opened in 1933, shortly after the repeal of prohibition.
The coffee pot, the professional setup of the bar, the cash register and the slot machine are all identical to those in the first Calarco's.
The office of the Westfield Historian is located at 117 Union Street, in the small green building on the north side of driveway. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m., or by appointment. The Westfield Historian phone number is 326-2457, and the email mail address is email@example.com.