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Another look at York’s square

When I was growing up in Chanceford and Windsor townships, we did our much of our weekly shopping for groceries in Red Lion, but we traveled to York for serious shopping. I was quite familiar with Bear’s, Bon Ton and … Continue reading

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Some York buildings that didn’t bite the dust

We lament, and rightly so, the loss of impressive York buildings, such as City Market and York Collegiate Institute. Still, it could have been worse. Here is an example of one urban renewal project that thankfully didn’t happen. While looking … Continue reading

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What do almanacs have to do with your garden crops?

Aren’t those fresh summer vegetables wonderful? Especially if they are locally grown, perhaps in your own back yard. By now, you have a good idea of how well your garden has fared. You know if you have more squash than … Continue reading

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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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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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York square of Christmases past

Here is a tour of York’s Center/Continental Square, featuring the big star that was the centerpiece of the decorations from the late 1940s through the 1950s. I’m not sure when the star was first fabricated and when it was replaced … Continue reading

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More toys that might be in York County attics

The photo above could have been taken about the same time as the one I recently posted of the Davy Crockett merchandise. This one is also from the Simon Collection at the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. It is identified … 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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