Category Archives: Notable images

They tell a story.

Penn Street Farmers Market: ‘What do we have to do to keep writing history in this place?’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Artist William Falkler passes away/Codorus Street reunites Jimmy Ilyes’ family has operated at Penn Street & Farmers Market for decades. He’s doing his best to boost the half-filled market house on York, Pa.’s west end. A York … Continue reading

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7 more history quizzes to test your York smarts

It’s interesting how quickly we forget those who have built this community. I regularly put up photographs of these achievers on YDR’s Facebook page. Sometimes, the people of accomplishment receive little recognition. You can tell by the low number of likes, comments and shares on Facebook. Still, it’s important for us to know these greats, so we’ll keep telling their stories on Facebook and on this blog.

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Floorola shifted in World War II from waxing floors to scrubbing Axis foes, Part II

This was Floorola Products Inc., Maryland Avenue manufacturing plant in February 1942. A Office of War Information photographer visited York, Pa., to show how manufacturers were converting to defense work, just three months after Pearl Harbor.

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Remember York County’s big 250th birthday celebration in 1999? Much has happened in the past 15 years

Neat stuff/Linked in: Book Blast cometh/Out near Avalongs Hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the big 250th anniversary celebration of the birth of York County, Pa. That all-year observance crested in August 1999. It produced many mementos and … Continue reading

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How Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Earl Shaffer gripped the ‘Mane of Life’

Linked in/Neat stuff: 1969 riots revisited/The old swimming hole Earl Shaffer, a York native, is credited as the first person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Here he is seen in 1948, at the northern end of the trail, Mount Katahdin … Continue reading

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Williams Grove Speedway’s 75th birthday year: 6 links capture a big racing weekend

Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett captured fifth place in the Dash race this weekend at Williams Grove Speedway. The weekend brought together The World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse at Williams Grove Speedway, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014. The YDR’s Chris Dunn captured this classic American scene suitable for Norman Rockwell, a speeding car, dirt track and attentive audience.

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A black Civil War volunteer’s heroism, and how his deeds in Wrightsville came to be recognized

This 1930 photograph from a Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge booklet shows part of the battlefield in Wrightsville 70 years after the Civil War. A Confederate brigade, under the command of John B. Gordon, approached the town from the west, bottom, and ran into an assortment of Union troops – regulars, invalids from the military hospital in York, militia and civilian volunteers. The Confederates sought to secure the bridge. Union command ordered the bridge burned to stop that advance. They succeeded.

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How York, Pa., kept its cool in the Roaring Twenties

Love these old postcards, and there are 75 more over at YDR’s Media Center. This, of course, is the old Farquhar Park pool or Boys Club Pool etc. This is one of the most compelling scenes I’ve seen of the often-depicted swimming spot, indicating the northwest York City pool’s popularity in 1924.

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Mini-Tower stands as reminder of grand York City Market

Linked in/Neat stuff: Gettysburg’s Allen C. Guelzo to give July 4 speech You remember the Picturing History composite showing the before-and-after of the long-gone City Market at Princess and Duke streets in York, Pa. Well, here’s a detail that might be … Continue reading

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Will this old bridge gain new life on York County’s rail trail?

It’s a bridge to nowhere. The question is whether it will some day be a bridge to somewhere, particularly spanning Willis Run in North York for York County Heritage Rail Trail users. Work is underway on the rail trail’s northern … Continue reading

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