Monthly Archives: November 2009

Images of York Folk Artist Lewis Miller

Lewis Miller self-portrait as a young man. My recent post pointed out that we don’t know a lot about Lewis Miller. We know of very few existing letters, and the captions on his many drawings mostly describe the other people … Continue reading

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York Folk Artist Lewis Miller Elusive Character

Miller drawing of himself at his carpenter’s bench Lewis Miller’s drawings are widely known, but not a lot is known about the man himself. The drawings of nineteenth century life have been used widely to illustrate books, including textbooks, and … Continue reading

Posted in 1790s, 1850s, 1870s, 1880s, artists, carpenters, Lewis Miller, Universal York, Virginia, York County | 13 Comments

York-made Manley radio a mystery

A friend recently shared these photos of a radio he picked up at a public sale. The Manley Manufacturing Company of York, PA made garage and shop equipment, as it says on the brass label of the radio case. They … Continue reading

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York County Green Tomatoes Shipped to Florida

A friend and I were discussing my recent York Sunday News column on York County canning houses. I remember my father growing tomatoes in Chanceford Township for the canneries when I a small child. My friend’s father had a much … Continue reading

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York Bakers offer Dyspepsia

I came across the two ads above in an 1856 York Gazetteer and City Directory. I understood the wheat and rye bread and the rolls and cakes. I wasn’t sure about the rusks and the Dyspepsia completely stumped me. I … Continue reading

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York County Vegetables Tempt with Colorful Labels

Tomatoes and Shakespeare and York County? I recently wrote my York Sunday News column on the canning houses of York County, going back to the 1920s through the 1950s when the canneries dotted the county. Local farmers could easily haul … Continue reading

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York Potato Chip Manufacturer Developed Snack Vending Machine

Wouldn’t you know it? As soon as I think I’m done learning about local potato chip history, something else pops up. Did you ever think about who first came up with dispensing the little bags of potato chips and other … Continue reading

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York County Potato Chips in the news again.

Utz or Martin’s–which is best? York County potato chips manufacturers are in the news again. It looks like Utz has pulled out of the deal to merge with Snyder’s of Hanover. Before I wrap up my “potato chip series,” I … Continue reading

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1924 National and Pennsylvania Republicans “SAFE–SANE–STEADY”

Another election has just passed, this one with little fanfare. No federal offices were at stake and only judicial ones at the state level. Many county and local officies were not up for election and some of those who were … Continue reading

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