Glad to see this finally came online. I’ve been following it on Facebook now for a few months.
By Matt Hasson
Town Talk Correspondent
For three decades, the Bazaar of All Nations was a sprawling retail and entertainment mecca, a familiar place to shop, eat, attend a movie or play miniature golf. The landmark, prototypical shopping mall on Baltimore Pike in Clifton Heights closed in 1993 and was later replaced by a Home Depot and sporting goods store.
But every Delaware Countian remembers The Bazaar. It opened on Nov. 8, 1960, and closed at the end of 1993.
The Bazaar’s long tenure was not well documented until three young film-makers embarked on a documentary. Co-producers, Delco natives Patrick Manley and Brendan O’Riordan, joined forces with cinematographer/director Melissa Whiteley, of White Lyte Productions in Trenton, N.J.
The idea was conceived when Manley reflected that there was no real documentation of the Bazaar. He and O’Riordan, members of Monsignor Bonner High School’s Class of 1995, embarked on the project and enlisted Whitley to direct, shoot and edit film footage.
“The general theme is that if you can’t find it at the Bazaar, you’re not going to find it,” O’Riordan said.
O’Riordan, a resident of Media, is doing much of the research to drive the documentary.
“My expertise is being able to retain and recall information,” O’Riordan said. “We’d like this to be the definitive source of information about the Bazaar, all in one place.”
Gathering facts, photos and first-hand recollections of the Bazaar is a daunting but rewarding task.
“There are certain touchstone events that occurred in the Bazaar’s 33-year existence,” O’Riordan said. “It’s taking pieces of the interviews and dropping them into place.”
Manley spoke of the challenge of including a wealth of material in the documentary.
My wife and I lived at 5309 Delmar Rd directly across from the Bazaar for a few years and watched it being torn down. i videotaped some of the demolition, but have yet to find it. If your on Facebook, you can become a fan of the Bazaar of all Nations and view the video here. I remember the soft pretzels (Bernies), the haircuts as a kid, the sporting goods store (Herman’s)? Hell the army/Navy store where I was bought my first parka, and the list goes on and on.
I miss the place, now occupied by The Home Depot and the “new” Acme.
Recently I visited the Haverfordblog, a website I used to visit and post since it’s creation. I noticed that it has new owners, BlueHorseradish LLc, out of Haverford, PA. The thing that gets me is now they dumped the link to my website, Totally Delco. If you want a link, you have to pay now? From their site:
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Well now, seeing this makes me a bit pissed off, being that the front page links have I believe free links, and I see that My Havertown.com is on there, as well as others that were when this site was linked. So here’s the deal. While our main site is being upgraded, send me your business link to your website and if you have a small banner, the link to it. I’ll gladly put it up for free.
My e mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
This video still cracks me up. Here we have Upper Darby’s own Tina Fey, doing a skit about Palin, when the real Sarah Palin walks in.
I am looking forward to this Easter weekend, where the weather is expected to be in the low to mid 80’s. Springtime has it’s pluses, for starters, no more snow (at least here in Delco), and when the trees start to show their leaves, and the bees come back, and the BBQ is being cleaned off, well, you just feel better. The downside is a lot of rain forecast, but hell, i’ll take that over the white stuff any day.
Wish I could help out these dogs.
I remember this dump of a bar many years ago when I believe it was called G.I.Joe’s or something to that effect. Chitwood should shut the joint down, but it seems to me that certain new people in Upper Darby are thwarting his efforts. Murder, Rape, and other serious crimes are rampant in this extension of west Philadelphia.
If I were a betting man, I’ll give Upper Darby 8 more years before it is annexed into the city of Philadelphia like Roxbourough, Andorra, and the greater Northeast were years ago. The Democrats would just love it! Imagine, No more UDPD, or Upper Darby Public works, Sanitation, Electricial Dept, etc. The ONLY reason Upper Darby is not an official section of Philly is because of Republician control.
Let’s keep it that way..