Monthly Archives: December 2008

Lots of York County Furniture Makers

I’ve been doing some research lately on early York County furniture makers and found that there were many more of these skilled craftspeople than I realized. It does make sense–everyone needed furniture and few were wealthy enough to have it … Continue reading

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Jonathan Jessop and the York Imperial Apple

York Imperial from USDA Bulletin The York Imperial apple won’t win any beauty contests. I have several in my fruit bowl right now and they all look different. They come in various shadings of red and green with brown freckles. … Continue reading

Posted in 1820s, 1850s, 1920s, agriculture, apples, clockmakers, farming, fruit, Universal York, York, York Township | 1 Comment

Goodridge of York Helped Popularize Christmas Trees in 1840

William Goodridge’s advertisement of the public display of a Christmas tree in 1840, fairly rare for that time, has often been repeated at this time of year. In the hope of adding a new twist, I did an internet search … Continue reading

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Goodridge Advertises Gifts for York Shoppers

We are bombarded with ads today for Christmas gifts, in print, on television and online. In 1840 York county residents managed to get their shopping, which was much sparser than ours, done with few ads to entice them. Still, York … Continue reading

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Fire Fiend Alights at Goldsboro

Fires occur all too often, whether they are accidental or deliberately set. Even with the immediate communications and speedy response today, fires are still scary. Just think how frustrating the wait for the arrival of the firefighting apparatus was 130 … Continue reading

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York Monument Maker Offers Photo Tombstones

It was the late 1850s and photography was becoming quite popular in the area, so much so that E. A. King was offering monuments adorned with your likeness. If that didn’t interest you, King also advertised that he could give … Continue reading

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Buried Treasure Found in York?

That’s what some excavators though in 1911, jumbling some history and jumping to conclusions. The York Dispatch reported the story:

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York Tape Worm on Display

Truth in advertising? The item below from the May 11, 1911 York Gazette looks like a news item, but the further you read, the more it sounds like an advertisement for Quaker brand remedies. Perhaps it’s both–you decide.

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York County Moonshine

Some of my recent posts have covered motion pictures and other forms of entertainment around York County in 1938. For a few hours local people could be distracted from the toll taken by the depression, which had dragged on for … Continue reading

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Yorkers Do More than Just Go to the Movies

I had such a good time researching what movies local people were watching while they were just coming out of the Great Depression in 1938 that I neglected to check on the other forms of public entertainment available to them. … Continue reading

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