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Photography caught on quickly in York County

In 1826 Frenchman Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (1765-1833) created the first real photograph known to exist today. The view from a window at Gras, France is also known as the “First Photograph,” and it is in the photography collection at the … Continue reading

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1821 map of York and Adams counties is a real treasure

I have written before about York’s multitalented William Wagner. One of his lasting legacies as an engraver is the Map of York and Adams Counties that he published with Daniel Small in 1821. This map is still very useful today … Continue reading

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William Wagner–York’s Renaissance Man

Marriage Certificate–Engraving by William Waqner Perhaps some of you have marriage certificates that came down through your family similar to the one above. They were created by the multi-talented Yorker, William Wagner (1800-1869). Wagner was a nationally known engraver and … Continue reading

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Why is Lady Liberty Hanging Out with Two York County Natives?

The image of Liberty is very familiar to present-day U.S. Mint sculptor and engraver Don Everhart, whose Statue of Liberty design graces the back of the mint’s presidential dollar coins. We also recently learned that Everhart, a York County native, … Continue reading

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