Wanted! Old photos of this York, Pa., Schmidt & Ault Paper Co. sign



York, Pa., has its share of once-prominent signs – sometimes called ghost signs – painted onto the sides of once-noteworthy buildings that are fading away. This one appears on the side of the Schmidt & Ault Paper Co. building, aka Kings Mill or Smurfit-Stone. It’s now in the hands of York College of Pennsylvania. Also of interest: Penn Street Bridge: One spot says a lot.

Janet Strickhouser has a request that some York Town Square reader can help with:
“I would like to possibly restore this painted sign (pictured above) on the Penn Street side of the Schimdt & Ault Building in York, PA. I’m wondering if anyone has an old photo of that sign particularly indicating the high water marks of the August 1933 and June 1972 floods? Can you help direct me as to how to find a photo?”
As usual with such requests, I directed her to the York County Heritage Trust and Historic York.
That section of York and Spring Garden Township is getting a lot of attention these days.
There’s a lot going happening on both the north and south side of Penn Street Bridge.

If you can help Janet, please comment below. (*One commenter has since suggested contacting John Schmidt, whose family was the Schmidt in the company’s name).

Also of interest

Old King’s Mill-Smurfit Stone site giving way to information age.

stoneThe Smurfit-Stone site along the Codorus Creek in York when York College of Pennsylvania purchased it in 2009.


About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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