How do you demall a mall? West Manchester Mall is example

Linked in/Neat stuff: George Trout’s book/York City in motionmallThis rendering shows what the West Manchester Mall will look like when it’s demalled. Turning malls inside out is becoming common today, making the climate-controlled covered shopping center experience a thing of the past. The past, in this case, in not that far past. The West Manchester Mall was built in the early 1920s. (See another image of this West Man project below.) Also of interest: How do you demall a mall? Look at Delco.

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Utility poles moved for this slow-moving York, Pa., monster

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Still on the artist Cliff Satterthwaite beat. He keeps sending in these interesting scenes documenting York County, Pa., in the 1960s and 1970s. This one shows a large piece of equipment passing through York County on its way to Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in the county’s southeastern corner. The artist noticed that utility poles had to be moved to accommodate this slow-moving monster, circa 1965. Also of interest: Check out these other Cliff Satterthwaite drawings.

I’ve written before about how York County has long made big heavy things. Like a York Safe & Lock vault. And to be fair, little precise things, too, like the locking mechanism in a York Safe & Lock Safe vault. And even if we didn’t make them, we have used big heavy things to make big heavy things. Those must be transported and then deployed here.

Anyway, Cliff Satterthwaite brings home the point of the point about the heft and girth of stuff in York County in capturing the movement of a piece of Peach Bottom nuclear plant above. Continue reading “Utility poles moved for this slow-moving York, Pa., monster” »

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Foustown, now a ghost town, captivates people

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John ‘Otts’ Hufnagel photographed this house in Glen Rock-area’s Foustown on the day that the nearby distillery stack came down in 2012. The stack, which marked the old distillery town, was built to make alcohol in World War II, but was never used. Hufnagel sent the photo in response to a reader request about this southern York County ghost town. Also of interest: Spirits put Foustown on the map. 

A reader emailed recently with a query about one of York County’s most intriguing places, the former company hamlet of Foustown.

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Mike’s Nut Shop recalled: ‘…. the peanuts roasting right out front of the store … ‘

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mikeArtist Cliff Satterthwaite recent colorized this 1978 West Market Street scene in York, Pa. He captures Mike’s Nut Shop, a favorite stop in York’s downtown. See an interior scene below, its original black-and-white form. Also of interest: See more drawings by Cliff Satterthwaite. Continue reading “Mike’s Nut Shop recalled: ‘…. the peanuts roasting right out front of the store … ‘” »

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C.S. Lewis’ life and writings point to Easter themes

csThis is prep time for a dress rehearsal for ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ at York, Pa., Little Theatre in 2006. This performance put an different twist on C.S. Lewis’ famous series. Lewis is known to many in York County because of this story. Also of interest: Civil War Easters 1861 & 1865: Hope for the world is constant in past and present wars.

The 50th anniversary of British scholar and writer C.S. Lewis’ death was overshadowed by that of an even better-known world figure: John F. Kennedy.

 

Lewis’ writings have influenced millions, so some, indeed, noticed the anniversary last November. Christians and non-Christians of all political and theological stripes have enjoyed his work.

 

Lewis’ life and writings are intriguing for what they point to on Easter, the day Christians around the world mark as a major anniversary: the resurrection of Jesus just days after his death on the cross. Continue reading “C.S. Lewis’ life and writings point to Easter themes” »

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York, Pa., history trivia: When did Stauffer make its first animal cracker?

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stauffer'sYork County, Pa.’s, D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co. has made animal crackers since 1871. There’s the view out there that the company made the first in America, the popular cookie coming originally from Britain. It was a nice moment when Stauffer’s opened its doors to York Daily Record’s journalists on National Animal Cracker Day. Everything, even animal crackers, need their day in the sun. Here are Stauffer animal cracker facts, courtesy of the YDR: 13: Number of shapes: bear, buffalo, camel, cat, cow, donkey, elephant, goat, hippo, horse, lion, rhino and tiger; 42 million: Number of animal crackers produced daily; 180,000 pounds: Total weight produced daily. Also of interest: Stauffer a York Fair vendor in 1888, the fair’s first year in York’s west end.

Other interest stuff from all over … .

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Picturing History recalls York, Pa.’s ‘second banana’ Hotel Penn

052206-cdg-Hotel-Penn.jpg‘My interest in the Hotel Penn,’ Jim Hubley wrote in the York, Pa., Daily Record on Jan. 26, 1985, ‘goes back to when, as a tot, I was impressed with the long, long porch which fronted the building in the early 1920s. In summer the porch was filled with guests rocking away or nestled comfortably with with their feet resting atop the porch railing. To me, it represented the height of affluence.’ This Picturing History photo provides a before and after look. Check out the neat slider that allows you to shift the scene between then and now. (See more photos below.) Also of interest:  Babe Ruth, indeed, played in York in 1928 and stayed at the Hotel Penn. Continue reading “Picturing History recalls York, Pa.’s ‘second banana’ Hotel Penn” »

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So you want to become a journalist or a historian, Part II. Are you a reader?

martinAt one time, books were the main fare offered in libraries. Now, Martin Library  in York, Pa., offers a host of services. Here in this 2005 photo, a couple of young York countians use computers, then positioned in the library’s new atrium. Oh yes, people, many people, still check out books at Martin. Also of interest: Recent books demonstrate York County has much history to explore, and researchers are digging into it.

I am working with a young man who is trying to decide his career path.

Writing represented one path he wanted to try. Another was an area of special interest to him.

Why not test both paths? I asked him. Work on a blog exploring that special interest. That would test your call as a writer. Continue reading “So you want to become a journalist or a historian, Part II. Are you a reader?” »

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These 5 images explore Wrightsville’s bridgehead, upstream and down

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1. News about the installation of replica lights along the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge, aka Veterans Memorial Bridge, lured me to the 1930 bridge. I captured these downstream scenes from the bridgehead on the York County side. This photo shows vestiges of the old Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal that ran from this point to Havre de Grace on the Chesapeake Bay. This is some sturdy stonework to survive floods and such since 1840. A look at the upstream side of the bridge below. Also of interest: New throwback lights on Susquehanna River span: ‘This bridge is going to be beautiful’.

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Old signs hanging on York, Pa., buildings point to a different time

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Recent YorkTownSquare.com posts about busybody mirror or mirrors (called spionnetje)  on the side of York, Pa., buildings have raised great interest among readers. So we thought we’d bring back this vestige from the past, a long overlooked sign across from the East Market Street parking garage. It’s there, probably from the beginning, when the parking garage opened in 1969, with the promise that it would draw shoppers to plenty of parking in the downtown. In those days, shoppers were increasingly living and shopping in the suburbs. So it’s a sign with a prominent display that likely few see today and even fewer know that it – and the parking garage it pointed to – tell a story about desperate times when the downtown business community was trying to hang on to shoppers – and retailers. (See more below). Also of interest: New word here: spionnetje, Part 2. And they were once all around York, Pa.

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