Category Archives: inventions

Another random dip back into York County’s past.

Below are some items from across the York County, as reported in the February 18, 1873 York Gazette. Each snippet entices you to learn more.

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York Countians could have their feather beds steam cleaned

Old newspaper ads are such a wonderful resource to give us an idea how our ancestors lived. Did you ever think about feathers and how important they were for filling mattresses and pillows? Where did they get them? Your own … Continue reading

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York Merchant Offers Combo Plant Stand/Step Ladder

This one must be included in the “what were they thinking” category. The full-page ad above is from a late 19th century York, Pa. city directory–it shows Samuel Dick’s “Daisy” folding flower stand. Mr. Dick was selling it at his … Continue reading

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More on Crider’s Patent Adjustable Fruit-Picker

I was intrigued by the strong advertising and testimonials lauding H. M. Crider’s 1881 fruit-picker (see previous post), so I stopped by York County Heritage Trust’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum to see one of these wonderful inventions in person. It … Continue reading

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York Inventor Crider’s Fruit-Picker “Best in the World!”

The Crider brothers are perhaps best known for their late 19th century marriage certificate forms, especially the ones with cutouts for individual photos of the couple, and, sometimes, also of the officiating minister. (More on the certificates later.) This time … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Today Show to have York County ties

Watch the Kathie Lee and Hoda segment of the Today Show Thursday for some York County connections. I understand that the popular TV hosts visited Kohr Bros. Original Frozen Custard in Rehoboth Beach on Friday and recorded a segment that … Continue reading

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York woman patents gorgeous cherry tree

Spring view of Smith tree Lucy Neville Mitchell was born in 1872 at Charleston, S.C. In 1902 she married Stephen Fahs Smith, an executive in the S. Morgan Smith Company founded by his father. Mrs. Smith was very interested in … Continue reading

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Red Lion Native Developed 3-D Video System

3-D seems to be all the rage with movies again; maybe it will become common on TV before long. Did you know that York County native Glen Akins (1916-2003) and two fellow engineers, Alex Quiroga and Cameron Pierce, at ABC … Continue reading

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York County Native Develops Bent Fello

You know my theory–dig deep enough in just about any subject and you’ll find a York County connection. That’s why we named my blog Universal York–York County, center of the universe. Here is another example, gleaned from an article in … Continue reading

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York Baker Responsible for Chocolate Star and Rabbit Cookies

Dark chocolate Stauffer star cookie, actual size In 2004 I did an oral history interview with the late David Stauffer, Sr., the former head of the bakery business started by his grandfather, D. F. Stauffer. David Stauffer was then 103 … Continue reading

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