Category Archives: clothing

York County’s Silk Boom and Bust

(Illustrations from A Treatise on the Mulberry Tree and Silkworm and on the Manufacture and Production of Silk, 1839. Courtesy of York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives) Silk has been prized for as long as 5,000 years, since the fibers spun … Continue reading

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York prices not that cheap 70 years ago

A small article in the March 20, 1948 Gazette and Daily reported that “Printing Industry Editor at the Gazette and Daily for Unique Method Story.” Dr. Russel R. Voorhees, described as a field editor and commercial writer, was in York … Continue reading

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York County sent lots of Bundles for Britain

We probably have all known local people who bravely served in the military during World War II. During that time the home front was also very busy. I have written columns and blog posts about the York Plan, the system … Continue reading

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Antique York County wedding dresses in exhibition at Landis Valley

I went to Lancaster County this week to see some York County items on exhibit. Jennifer Hall Royer, former Director of Exhibits and Collections at York County Heritage Trust is now Museum Curator at Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum. … Continue reading

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York’s Bee Hive for style in the nineteen-teens

In my York Sunday News column few months ago I wrote about the wealth of local history you can find in City Directory Collection at York County Heritage Trust. The advertisements alone paint a picture of how our families lived … Continue reading

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York Department Store Makes Sure Customers Get Stockings During World War II

The Bon-Ton, Market & Beaver, York, c. 1945 The first priority during World War II was supplying the armed forces.. Silk, and then the fairly new fiber, nylon, were needed for parachutes and other uses. That made women’s stocking hard … Continue reading

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York County, PA in 1828–What’s a Fulling Mill?

We know York County had a lot of different mills. Click here to read about the many mills of York County. Sawmills sawed trees into boards, and grist mills ground grain. What purpose did a fulling mill serve? In a … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Man Leaves Wife and Children, Runs Off with Another Woman

We tend to think of our ancestors and their contemporaries as very strait-laced. Sometimes nothing can be farther from the truth. That’s what is so fascinating about using original documents as historical sources. Those letters, diaries, and newspapers they left … Continue reading

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York County Deserter Sought

It was April 1777. The Revolutionary War was not going well. Desertion was rampant. General Washington had said as much in a letter he wrote to his brother John on February 24. Click here to read that letter at the … Continue reading

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Blacksmith Apprentice Runaway in York County, PA

Runaway ads were fairly common in eighteenth and nineteenth century newspapers. Sometimes the runaways were slaves, but not so often above the Mason-Dixon line, where there were fewer slaves. In Pennsylvania it was frequently a servant or an apprentice who … Continue reading

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