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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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Hanover Junction, Free Press 1973, Part 3

Here is the third of three installments transcribing an article from the Free Press community newspaper, Southern York County edition, of November 22, 1973. The extensive article was written by Doris B. Miller. It commemorates President Abraham Lincoln passing through … Continue reading

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Hanover Junction, Free Press 1973, Part 2

Below is part two of three posts transcribing the lengthy article written by Doris B. Miller for the November 22, 1973 Southern York County edition of the Free Press. Click here for part one. Civil War historian Scott Mingus recently … Continue reading

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Hanover Junction, Free Press 1973, Part 1

Here is another Lincoln at Hanover Junction clipping. Lots of folks have strong feelings about whether the train that took President Lincoln to Gettysburg in November 1863 is shown in the known half dozen or so period photographs of the … Continue reading

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Still another account from Hanover Junction

Here is another clipping concerning whether President Lincoln disembarked from his train car at Hanover Junction, Pa. on his way to dedicate the Gettysburg National Cemetery in November 1863. This one was shared by John Hufnagel, Glen Rock historian, in … Continue reading

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Another Lincoln at Hanover Junction story

Is Abraham Lincoln on any of the known photos taken at Hanover Junction? Even though I have seen some pretty convincing evidence presented by other researchers that Lincoln doesn’t appear in the photos taken at Hanover Junction by the Brady … Continue reading

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New local history resources on the York County Heritage Trust website

The York County Heritage Trust Library and Archives has recently added four databases to the YCHT website. For nearly 15 years YCHT has been entering cataloging and description information for its vast collections of manuscripts, photographs, postcards, books, objects and … Continue reading

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More on National Art Week

My last post listed all the artwork, mostly paintings, displayed in downtown York storefront windows during National Art Week in 1939. It caught my eye since The Parliament arts organization is promoting a similar venture, utilizing vacant display windows. I … Continue reading

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Photographers prospered in York during the Civil War

I have written about early York County photographers, such as Glenalvin Goodridge, J. Thomas Williams and William Wagner, who was probably the pioneer of native York photographers. Another well-known 19th century York studio was run by Evans and Prince. The … Continue reading

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York’s First Photographer–William Wagner, 1845

Daguerreotype of William Wagner In I recent post on multi-talented Yorker William Wagner, I mentioned that besides being a nationally known engraver and maker of seals, artist, banker, and municipal officer, Wagner was York’s first known resident photographer. In 1845 … Continue reading

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