Category Archives: toys

Join the Bonhams for a Victorian Christmas

You can enjoy a Victorian Christmas at the Bonham House, 152 East Market Street, York from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. The free family event, presented by the York County History Center as part of Light … Continue reading

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Sniffles dolls and toy machine guns at York’s Joe the Motorist Friend store.

Fellow blogger Joan Concilio discovered York countians have lots of memories of Joe the Motorists’ Friend stores, and she has shared them in several of her blog posts. The regional chain sold tires, automotive items and other things, but the … Continue reading

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Some York County Christmases of the 1890s

It looks like children of over a century ago received plenty of toys for Christmas if they were from well off families, like Morris Small and Henry Spahr Small, pictured here. The photos are from an album of photos taken … Continue reading

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Davy Crockett craze hits York County

This photo is from York County Heritage Trust’s Simon Photography collection. The window display is of one of York’s many 5 & 10 cent stores, probably McCrorys near the square in the first block of West Market Street. The Davy … Continue reading

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Mexican War Grabs Their Attention

Smart marketing isn’t a recent innovation. Merchants were just as eager to get the customer’s attention 160 years ago as today. The top news story of that day was the Mexican War (1846-1848). Local African American businessman William Goodridge used … Continue reading

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