Monthly Archives: February 2013

What do York’s Penn Common alligators and a well-known 20th century snake oil salesman have in common?

What started out to be a story just on the Penn Park alligators took some interesting twists. According to a 1930 newspaper account there were alligators in the park in the early 1900s and again starting in 1930. From what … Continue reading

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Keystone shaped signs mark entrances to many Pennsylvania towns.

I see York city is restoring its Keystone markers, those familiar keystone with a rectangle signs that tell you the town you are entering, where its name came from and how many miles down the road to another town. Good … Continue reading

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York firemen disagreement settled by Mayor Loucks

Fire engines are still eye catching, but so were the colorful horse-drawn fire apparatus and the beautiful horses that pulled them. A short article from the August 24, 1894 York Daily tells the tale of two proud York fire companies, … Continue reading

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Glen Traditionals–good furniture from Glen Rock, Pa.

I am still getting comments on my post on Glen Traditionals furniture from three years ago. The furniture was well made, so there seems to still be a lot around after fifty-plus years. Glen Rock historian John Hufnagel was kind … Continue reading

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York’s First Talkie

The 1927 movie, The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, is widely recognized as the first successful talking motion picture (talkie). As often happens, when looking for something entirely unrelated in the newspaper microfilms at the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives, … Continue reading

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