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Photo submitted by Tom Gralish / Staff Photographer, a Philly.com reader
Neighborhoods by Tom Gralish - HARROWGATE -- Tomorrow, a block from the Frankford El, at the corner of I and Tioga Streets, a true ''Master'' -- in the Old World sense of the word -- will celebrate his twenty-fifth anniversary of achieving that title. On November 13, 1973, after an apprenticeship growing-up in a small town in northern Germany, and moving to America where he worked as a journeyman for others for 13 years, Siegfried Karnas opened his own butcher shop. ''I came to the land of opportunity to succeed on my own, as a Master Butcher.'' Now he works ''not so much anymore,'' and enjoys his three daughters, sons-in-laws and six grandchildren with his wife Ursula Karnas. But in a few weeks when the opening of Pennsylvania's buck season comes as it does every year the Monday after Thanksgiving, the Master will practice his art once more, in the way of Masters before him who have ''handed down their knowledge for thousands of years.'' And he will process deer into venison steaks, chops and sausage for `my hunters` as he calls them, ''who kill for the meat just as it was done thousands of years ago.''
A selection of images by The Inquirer's staff photographer Tom Gralish who from 1998-2001 chronicled life in the many neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The images were published in a for a weekly column. See more of Tom's work in his blog at Scene On The Road