Vacuum cleaner hospital? Yes, York, Pa.’s hosted one since 1928

Linked in/Neat stuff: Fun facts about Haar’s Drive-in/Exploring New Freedom
Charles H. Miller, left, and worker Jacob Burgard at Miller Brothers Vacuum Cleaner Hospital Monday as it looked in 1958 Submitted - Daily Record/Sunday News Picturing History
Last month, the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Paul Kuehnel explored Roosevelt TV’s longtime business on, yes, Roosevelt Avenue in York. Now comes Paul with  photo essay and story on another city business that just seems to have been there forever – Miller Brothers Vacuum Cleaner Hospital, 357 W. Philadelphia St. Here, Charles H. Miller, left, and worker Jacob Burgard  pose outside  as it looked in 1958 … .

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Charlie Miller, left, and Dave Miller at Miller Brothers Vacuum Cleaner Hospital Monday April 14 2015 at 357 Philadelphia St. in York.  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News Picturing History
And here, Charlie Miller, left, and Dave Miller replicate that photo in April. The business was founded in 1928 and has been in the Miller family since 1958. About the business, Charlie Miller told Paul: “I could say it sucks and blows, I guess, but other than that, everything is fine.” Then he  added with a laugh, “They keep trying to reinvent the vacuum cleaner, and that is what they (vacuums) do, they move air.” Also of interest: Orange Car on York’s Roosevelt Avenue: Workers sometimes shoveled fruit out of box cars.

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Other neat, unrelated stuff from all over … .

Haar’s Drive-In in Dillsburg, the only outdoor movie theater for miles around, has posted several interesting theater facts on its website.

Here are four about the 60-plus-year-old drive-in, now open for the season:

– Did you know there are 33 Drive-in Theatres in Pennsylvania and 368 in the US?

– Did you know HAAR’S Drive-in is now DIGITAL??? This was a major decision for us and we look forward to serving our community for many years to come!!!!

– Do you know that the 3rd generation is now running the business? This would be Vance Haars 3 granddaughters and their spouses. Which now are including their children and grandchildren. Making this the 4th and 5th generation.

– Did you know that when the drive-in was first built it ran year round?

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New Freedom smarts: Check out your NF IQ (click on date if photo doesn’t appear):

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Posted by York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, May 17, 2015

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One picture: Two York police chiefs

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Wayne Ruppert Jr. posted this photo over on my Facebook page in response to a photo quiz about Tom Chatman. He provided some interesting background:  ‘Here’s a pic of my Dad, Wayne Ruppert Sr with Tom Chatman, c 1960. They played together as kids, joined the force about the same time (1955), and worked together as patrolmen. When Dad was Police Chief, Tom was one of his Captains. When Dad retired in 79, Tom replaced him as Police Chief (after Potter departed!).

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History Mystery: A bit more on York County law enforcement history … .

History Mystery: This photo roster of the #YorkPa City Police Department in 1973 is one of many law enforcement-related…

Posted by York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, May 17, 2015

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