Tag Archives: Keystone Color Works

Lafean and York Fair of 100-Years-Ago

It was business as usual when Daniel F. Lafean hosted Pennsylvania Governor Martin G. Brumbaugh at his residence during the governor’s visit to the 1916 York Fair. Lafean was a politician, banker and manufacturer. His vast York residence was located … Continue reading

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Pressing Elderberries in a York-made 100-Year-Old “Keystone” Berry Press

Over-100-year-old Elderberry Jelly Recipe Earlier this month, Richard Duffy submitted photos of a “Keystone” Berry Press. This photo shows the upper cross brace, containing the manufacturers stencil; Keystone Farm Machine Company, in business in York, PA, between 1890 and 1919. … Continue reading

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100-Year-Old Cider Press; Made In York and still used in New Hampshire

Joe Vaillancourt of Garrison House Farm, Durham, New Hampshire, provided several photos of a cider press he uses for the annual Cider Pressing in October. The cider press was manufactured by the Keystone Farm Machine Company; in business in York, … Continue reading

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Photos of Corn Sheller; Made In York by Keystone Farm Machine Company

Lee Good provided several photos of an Economy Corn Sheller; one is shown to the left and more are shown later in this post.  It was manufactured by the Keystone Farm Machine Company; in business in York, PA, between 1890 … Continue reading

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The Magic Corn Sheller; it was Invincible

Floyd Stiles provided several photos of an Invincible Corn Sheller that he is restoring.  It was manufactured by the Keystone Farm Machine Company; in business in York, PA, between 1890 and 1919.  It is difficult to tie down an exact … Continue reading

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Keystone Color Works, a Historic Structure that goes back to 1873 and the Empire Car Works

In the early 1870s business was booming for the Empire Car Works, one of two major railcar manufacturing firms within the City of York.  Empire had outgrown their cramped factory on the east side of North Beaver Street.  The proprietor … Continue reading

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