Business advertisements from the York High Weekly in the early 1940s

Longtime reader friend Jo Ott shared with me some time ago a large collection of advertisements from former York theaters and businesses.

She wrote, “These are photos of actual advertisements in the December 1941 and February 1942 copies of the York-High Weekly found at an auction a few years ago. I selected some that seem humorous now and some that make little sense although they probably did at the time they appeared. You are jogging a lot of York County memories. It will be interesting to see if any YDR readers (over a certain age) remember any of these businesses.”

These are PHENOMENAL images that certainly sparked a lot of thoughts for me, and I hope you’ll enjoy this slideshow featuring more than a dozen of them!

Included are several theaters: The Strand, The Capitol, The Southern, The Ritz, The Hiway and The York Theater.

Also, you can see ads from Dale & Co. Pharmacists; C. Mac and Roland M. Fulton, Real Estate, Insurance and Property Management; Hollander’s; Edison Light & Power Co.; Dr. Tamarkin, Optometrist; Standard Rag & Paper Co.; Gables Barber Supply; something that I think must have been “Shuey’s”; and, of course, The Gazette & Daily, the YDR’s predecessor!

Would love to hear your memories of any and all of these!

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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One Response to Business advertisements from the York High Weekly in the early 1940s

  1. Jim Fahringer says:

    I found the advertisement for Dale & Co. Drug Store at 25 North George Street very interesting. I do not remember it being there. The Dale & Co. Drug Store that I remember was located on the north side of the first block of West Market Street. It was located at either 33 or 31 West Market Street. I used to work at Thompson’s Book and Stationary Store which was located at 35 WestMarket Street ant Dale and Company was either next door or two doors away. Fluhrers Jewelry was also either a door or two doors away. I can’t remember which was which anymore. It sticks in my mind that Dale & Co was next door at 33 West Market Street. Dale & Company always had this huge glass Pharmacist’s Apparatus in the window filled with cobalt blue water. Passers by would immediately focus on this huge beaker type glass filled with cobalt blue water. It either hung to the side of the window or it was sitting on a special iron rack. It did not have a flat bottom and it could not stand upright by itself. It may have been some kind of universal sign that identified a true pharmacy in early days. I believe Dale & Company at this West Market Street location closed sometime around the middle to late 1970’s. When did the location on North George Street close and when did the store on West Market Street open? Were there two stores operating at one time?

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