Ask Joan: Can it be spring soon?

Today’s photo memory comes from longtime readers Audrey Lerew and Charlotte Halpin, sisters who often share fun York County stories and ephemera. Charlotte (nee Kornbau) found her 11th-grade William Penn Senior High School Report Card from the 1946-47 school year and kindly shared it. Nice grades, Charlotte – and much better than my high school phys ed marks, for sure.

Today’s Ask Joan comes with a weather plea: Please, can it be spring for good now? That’s the only question Joan is asking. But we’ve got some reader questions and follow-ups to share that are, thankfully, not weather-dependent.

What’s inside
1. Remembering Orpheus Page’s dress shop
2. Following up on 2+9 bar
3. Memories of Old Homestead Inn
4. Seeking info on Myers Pharmacy

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Antiquing finds and hotel follow-ups

Mike Wendel, a lifelong Yorker, shared this photo of a York Fair pennant he found while antiquing. He’s hoping to figure out how old it is.

Mike Wendel, a lifelong Yorker, shared this photo of a York Furniture Co. foldable yardstick he found while antiquing. He’s hoping to figure out how old it is.

Mike Wendel, a lifelong Yorker, shared this photo of a York Furniture Co. foldable yardstick he found while antiquing. He’s hoping to figure out how old it is.

Today’s “photo question” comes from Mike Wendel, a lifelong Yorker who writes, “I have found a few items while antiquing. (Both in Lancaster County, oddly enough.) Can you help me shed some light on how old these items are? The folding yardstick is the biggest mystery for me. Even my elders do not remember the existence of York Furniture Company on West Market Street. Any help would be greatly appreciated.”

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Mail call: Miscellaneous follow-ups

Scott Becker shared this photo back in 2015 of workers at the Bair Shirt Factory in Bair Station taken in April 1951. Scott said his mother, Fannie Becker, worked there into the 1970s and is pictured in the front row, second from the right.

Scott Becker shared this photo back in 2015 of workers at the Bair Shirt Factory in Bair Station taken in April 1951. Scott said his mother, Fannie Becker, worked there into the 1970s and is pictured in the front row, second from the right.

I’m dipping into my email box again today, sharing a variety of responses to previous reader questions or memories. Many are just short responses that I was originally saving for longer columns; I hope you’ll enjoy the miscellany today!

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Meat market and Mailman’s memories continue

There was a time in the early to mid-20th century when four butcher shops operated in Windsor borough in southeastern York County. Windsor resident Nelson Glatfelter, one of those butchers, used this truck to deliver meat to his customers.

I’m dipping back into my collection of letters via postal mail today, in a Sesame Street-like collection “brought to you by the letter M.” I’m making this on a Monday, mulling mail about Mailman’s and meat markets.

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Ask Joan: Lingering questions edition

Today’s edition of Ask Joan features a variety of lingering questions from my email inbox, ranging from Pennsylvania dutch story-telling to rodeos!

What’s inside
1. Looking for Aunt Min’s stories
2. What became of Academy of Arts?
3. Details on Cohen Bros. Sporting Goods
4. Seeking information on Rosemount Days

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