Just try to resist studying this memory-tugging Sears photograph, Part II

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This area view, courtesy of J. David Allen & Son Photography and from Buchart-Horn Inc./BASCO Associates’ files, shows the York County Shopping Center in the late 1950s. Background posts: Before Geno’s made news in Philly, Gino’s headlined in York, Bury’s memories far from buried and Sears, York County Shopping Center in the middle of things.

Last post, we showed off a piece of J. David Allen and Son’s photographic handiwork from the air – a shot of White Oak Park.
Last time we posted an aerial shot from those photographers – and a photo of the York County Shopping Center – it drew several comments.
For example, Bill Landes wrote:

What a great photo, lots of memories. Across the street from the Shopping Center entrance(I think) was the first Gino’s 15cent Hamburger Joint. I remember Gino Marchetti and Alan Ameche signing autographs there at the grand opening…1960 or 61??

Gene Schenk from Buchart-Horn Inc./BASCO Associates, who supplied the original Allen photo of the shopping center, e-mailed another photo with landmarks marked by numbers, which will aid locating landmarks.
Here’s the key:.. .


1. The Sears store was replaced by a new Giant.
2. “Joe the Motorist’s Friend” was replaced by Lowe’s and
Office Max.
3. The old Food Fair is now Red Lobster.
4. W.T. Grant’s location became Fashion Bug and Ben
Franklin Crafts.
5. Eastern Boulevard and Northern Way did not exist in 1958.
6. That part of present-day Haines Acres was then a farm.
7. The Wal-Mart shopping center and associated buildings did not exist. The York Mall, transitioning into Wal-Mart, opened in 1968. (Can anyone identify this particular building?)
8. Playland pool and skating rink are visible in the photo.
9. A trailer park developed around an old horse racing track.
10. The former location of Nello Tire is visible and so is a
large house that became part of Barley’s Autumn House.

York County views from on the air:
Just try to resist studying this memory-tugging photograph
Just try to resist this memory-tugging photo of North York’s White Oak Park
Just try to resist this memory-tugging aerial photograph of York Whitehull Airport and York Valley Inn and Playland and …
So, can you find long-gone Springwood Park in this aerial photograph?
Camp Security area of Springettsbury Township from the air
Just try to resist this memory-tugging photograph of northwest York, Pa.
- Building No. 11 in Springettsbury Township. What was it then and what is it now?

Other views
Check out additional aerial views of York County.
11. The old Valley Canvas building, originally part of the second York Airport, is now a business.
12. – The Embers Restaurant was around the corner from the
well-known circular fountain.

About Jim McClure

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10 Responses to Just try to resist studying this memory-tugging Sears photograph, Part II

  1. Chronic Iguana says:

    The hangar used by Valley Canvas was previously a hangar owned or leased by The Dentists Supply Company of New York, now Dentsply, until the airport closed The mysterious 11 is, and I’m about 80 percent sure on this one, another hangar owned by a member of the Whitely family.
    Number 11, if my memory is correct, still stands. But it’s a few miles to the west at the Thomasville Airport (at least it was about 10 years ago.) It was moved there in the early 1960s. It is the second hangar from the large general aviation hangar at the airport.

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  3. JEAN DELOUIS says:

    Building #2 was an Acme grocery store
    Between #2 and # 12 was a McCrory’s store
    Between # 12 and # 3 was a barber shop, a music store and a bowling alley

  4. Penny Shellenberger says:

    There also was a bowling alley in the lower level and a small dept. store called Fellers…it was a lovely shopping center

  5. Anna Martinez-Argento says:

    Bookland between 2 and 12

  6. Rick says:

    In later years tucked in the corner of the L was Ray’s Barber Shop and Burke’s House of Music. Signal Finance was near Bookland. Jewelcore (competitor to Best Products) was near # 4 as was Rocky’s Pizza.

  7. Rick says:

    I must admit, I miss The Embers that was run by Gary and Loraine Nease for so many years. They sold The Embers and it moved to Memory Lane when the center remodeled. The Neases eventually bought the former Steak & Ale building near the Mount Rose exit and opened Talk of the Town. That restaurant became Al Dente and is now now Aroogas.

    That Steak & Ale had been opened as a market research project to see if they could succeed in this demographic. It was run for several years and then closed once they had collected their data.

  8. Josh says:

    Don’t forget Ye Olde York Valley Inn, which if I’m not mistaken is near the upper left corner of the photograph on the north side of the road. Remnants of the old stone building are now offices for Susquehanna Memorial Gardens.

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