Proof that York is everywhere, via postcards

Frequent readers probably know that my husband is a big-time collector of used books and paper – and blogs about such ephemera on his own site, Papergreat.

Well, when we travel – which is pretty often – he has a great time seeking out antique shops and vintage stores and seeing what he can find. I like to go with him, but I don’t really “collect” anything, so it usually turns into a game for me to find something bloggable! (For examples, check out the “Joan goes to the antique store” series and the not-yet-finished “Another store, another find”series.)

Well, around town, that’s pretty doable. I usually come up with a handful of items.

But you can bet I was surprised to find the postcard above… in this antique store in Bennington, Vermont!

As you can see, the card was sent to “R. Lee Parent” in Laconia, New Hampshire, in 1962. The sender, “Harold,” says he stopped at York on the first night out of a two-and-a-half-week trip.

Cost of a postcard stamp at the time? 3 cents. View into the fair of the past – which truly doesn’t look that different, except for the fashions!? Priceless.

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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2 Responses to Proof that York is everywhere, via postcards

  1. Jo Ott says:

    Pre-jean era. The women are all wearing dresses or skirts and some men are even wearing suit jackets.

  2. Betsy Baird says:

    Amen, Jo! I agree with you on what people wore to the York Fair in, I guess
    you can say “Days Gone By.” It’s the same with everyplace you go. People wore jackets, and to certain places, neckties. Woman wore dresses and
    skirt/blouses. Mother and I were “dressed up” to go just down to the River,
    at Shanks’ Mare, especially if we had been at a restaurant! It has gotten I
    don’t even know what to wear at times. Look how they dress going into Church!

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