Category Archives: Automobiles

York Pullmans win big at Pimlico in 1908

On the Fourth of July, in 1908, a card of automotive races replaced the usual horse races at Maryland’s Pimlico track. Competing were makes such as: Ford, Overland, Autocar, Cameron, Moon, Stearns and Pullman. The York built Pullmans were the … Continue reading

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Cars fueled by water sold in York a Century ago

Bob Smyser shared the story that Howard Smyser sold electric cars in York by boasting, “The cars are fueled by Susquehanna River water.” Meaning, the waters of the Susquehanna produce electricity, via the York Haven Hydroelectric Power Plant, which charge … Continue reading

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Century old ghost sign at 739 West Philadelphia Street

Last month Bob Smyser provided some neat Civil War insight about General Gordon stopping at the house still standing at 3103 East Market Street in Springettsbury Township; prior to his Confederate troops marching to Wrightsville. Bob continues to provide interesting … Continue reading

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IVA-LU Bungalow with ’41 Chevy

The IVA-LU Bungalow was built in 1930 and was named for my grandparents Iva and Luther Smith. In the past ten days, I’ve received numerous comments about the Smith bungalow, which was located along the Susquehanna River, 5/8-mile west of … Continue reading

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Playboy radio at York’s Lincoln Highway Service Station

The several Lincoln Highway slides I include within my History of the Susquehanna Trail presentation always produce related questions; such as this one from Fred Hoover: “Where was the Lincoln Highway Garage that sold radios? My father always claimed it … Continue reading

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Ford Ghost Sign in York City

This photo is of an old Ford “Ghost Sign” in York City. The sign is high on the west wall of the original location of Carl Beasley Ford along West Market Street opposite Carlisle Avenue. The best view is looking … Continue reading

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Haines Shoe House link to WWI

A procession of historic automobiles took part in a cross country 100th Anniversary Lincoln Highway Auto Tour during 2013. As a stop for the Lincoln Highway caravan the Haines Shoe House was briefly linked to this WWI era Dodge Brothers … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during March 2017

Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. This single graphic, features illustrations from all top 10 posts; however giving greater space to the higher ranked posts. Synopsis and … Continue reading

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Yorker shares excitement of vacations a century ago

In 1961, a Yorker wrote of his 1910 experiences as a youth in traveling alone via train and stagecoach to his grandparents’ farm in Adams County. He recalled, “I think the reason I got so excited last week about the … Continue reading

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Dr. Spotz off on house calls in 1900

Shelly Riedel submitted this photo of Dr. Spotz when he practiced in Hampton, Adams County, PA. Glatfelter Emanuel Spotz was a prominent York doctor whose medical practice began in Adams County during 1897, after graduating from Philadelphia’s Jefferson Medical College. … Continue reading

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