No this is not what Fountain Avenue looked like every day twenty minutes before the second shift at the Tube Mill started; well I don’t think it did, I could be wrong. Rather, this picture is believed to have been taken when the Fifth Street (Veterans Bridge) was closed for one reason or another on March 10, 1967. You are looking East down Fountain Avenue in front of what was Ralph Stiefel’s house.
Behind the cars that I know some of you could identify year and make, is an interesting view of the houses. Through the trees you can make out the southern mansion of John Gelbach on the corner of Fountain Avenue and Third Street. To the west it looks like there is only one house separating the Gelbach house and Circle School. Today, what remains of Circle playground sits on the ground of the former Circle School and there are two houses between the playground and the Gelbach home (that is currently being restored due to a large fire).
Across Third Street from the Gelbach house is the equally massive “brown house”. The house that was split into several apartments has since been torn down and this is the only picture I can find of the house.