New word here: spionnetje, Part 3. And they were once all around York, Pa.

Linked in/Neat stuff: Stitching the Star-Spangled Banner replica/Where’s Punch?
Some months ago, Tom Gibson alerted us to the presence today of busybody mirrors, also called spionnetje, that were staples on building around York, Pa., decades ago. We found one on West Market Street near Union Lutheran Church. Just yesterday, Tom pointed out that one was posted on a building on East Market Street. So the hunt was on, and wouldn’t you know it? I’ve walked by this mirror, at 262 E. Market, scores of times on my way to the York County Heritage Trust, at 250 E. Market. This one kind of blends into the building, a spionnetje hidden in plain sight. The mirror allowed upper story residents to see who was at the door or up or down the sidewalk below. Also of interest: New word here: spionnetje. And they were once all around York, Pa.

Other neat stuff from all over … .

The Star-Spangled Banner anniversary celebration over the weekend? York countians had a hand, literally, in it.

Local stitchers worked on the replica banner that was part of Fort McHenry observances in connection with the 200th anniversary of the national anthem. For more, check out: Local stitchers.


Punch-puppetWhere’s Punch?

Gordon Freireich found the former cigar store totem, an icon in York, Pa. Find out where in Gordon’s York Sunday News column: Punch. Another columnist, the late Jim Hubley, also wrote about Punch, and more specifically, about York County ubiquitous cigarmaking culture of 100 years ago. See Young and Busser’s Cigar Store mascot, Punch.








Court of Valor

The name of Michelle Dyarman of Heidelberg Township is now on the Court of Valor at Prospect Hill Cemetery. For details about the ceremony honoring Dyarman and many others, check out: Monument.



History mystery: Some folks liked learning about this mystery place – although it wasn’t a mystery to many others. Check out this Facebook post for another photo angle on this big,  beautiful dam.


About Jim McClure

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