Mar 28, 2017
Made In The Lehigh Valley
When I was a boy I worked in my father's meat market located at the foot of Union Street, where the Hamilton Street Bridge crossed over the Lehigh River. Saturday was busy, with many customers who worked at the Steel, Lehigh Structural, Black and Decker, Western Electric, Mack and dozens of sewing factories. A couple of guys who worked during the week at Arbogast & Bastian helped my dad out on Saturdays. Both Swift and Wilson meat packers had wholesale branches near by. They would be supplied by rail sidings, which criss-crossed that area of the city. At that time everything was made in America, except for cheap novelty junk. Now, in addition to losing our manufacturing, we're even losing our retail, as everything comes directly from online ordering and warehouses. I suppose that soon the cashiers at the supermarket will be a relic of the past.