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Time Past

These are a couple of old SX-70 Polaroids of the original Reactor second floor studio at 51 Camden Street. These were taken in 1983. That’s Jeff Jackson in the fourth picture.

 

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June 30, 2015

R.I.P. – 51 Camden Street

Posted by Louis Fishauf

51 Camden Street – home of Reactor Art + Design from 1982 to 2014. And for 19 years before that, home to Camden Cooper Garments, my dad Nathan’s schmatta business in the old garment district. Nathan and his partner Sam Warner bought the building in April 1963 for $53,500.

Throughout my teenage years, I spent summers and weekends working for my dad, hauling rolls of textiles up to the third floor, and helping to lay down hundreds of layers of cloth on the long cutting table, to be cut into the pattern pieces for the stretchy slacks and ski jackets that were the mainstay of the business.

In 1982, upon my dad’s retirement, I took over the second floor space where Bill Grigsby and I started Reactor Art + Design. I was Reactor’s creative director for 13 years until 1995 when I decided to pursue life as a freelance designer/art director/illustrator. Through up-sizing and down-sizing, Reactor was a tenant in the building for over 32 years until it was sold in 2014.

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June 26, 2015

Grigsby in Philly 2003

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August 29, 2013

Download Dreams of Patoot!

It’s finally here! Blair Drawson’s interactive visual narrative for the iPhone is now available for downloading from the iTunes Store.


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July 11, 2013

Reactor

April 9, 2013

Year of Reactor – 30 years in 2012 – Photo Archive

Bill Grigsby & Bill Russell circa 1986

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February 13, 2012