Monthly Archives: December 2014

York’s Joe the Motorist Friend was the place to buy Lionel trains

The full page ad from Joe the Motorist Friend (see below) is almost exclusively for Lionel trains, a specialty of the Joe’s stores. The address at the bottom of this ad and the toy ad in my last post, both … Continue reading

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Sniffles dolls and toy machine guns at York’s Joe the Motorist Friend store.

Fellow blogger Joan Concilio discovered York countians have lots of memories of Joe the Motorists’ Friend stores, and she has shared them in several of her blog posts. The regional chain sold tires, automotive items and other things, but the … Continue reading

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Remember your letters to Santa?

Do many children still write letters to Santa? According to this article from the December 15, 1956 Gazette and Daily, the post office was inundated with them then. Billy, the writer who wanted a monkey, must be about retirement age … Continue reading

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Christmas at the York Post office in 1956

Here’s more on the 1956 Christmas season from the Gazette and Daily. At that time the paper published many photos taken by their staff with long captions, so there was no need for an additional article. These two, found on … Continue reading

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Downtown York tried to keep those ’50s shoppers

My previous post showed a December 1956 Gazette and Daily full page ad for the one-year-old York County Shopping Center. It listed the 28 stores and businesses and stressed the free parking. Downtown businesses did try to counteract the shopping … Continue reading

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Where did all the downtown York shoppers go?

It was Christmas season 1956, and the battle lines were drawn between downtown and suburban shopping centers. The first stores in the York County Shopping Center in Springettsbury Township probably opened in the fall of 1955, since the center celebrated … Continue reading

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