Category Archives: Notable images

They tell a story.

York, Pa., loves its brick buildings. But do we know why they were built?

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. Some buildings – such as this fortress-like building – you just motor right by, not knowing why they were built or what is in there now. Except that some readers did! Click on the … Continue reading

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Three photographs surely show York, Pa., at its best, Part II

‘Cool view of #yorkfair from West York-Dallastown game. 7-7 in 2nd Q.’ That was the YDR’s Brad Jennings’ description of this scene on Twitter. It’s, indeed, a wonderful scene, captured by Brad from the top of the press box in … Continue reading

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‘Lewis Miller’s People:’ New book portrays 700-plus York countians in the 1800s

Donald Shelley, executive director of the Henry Ford Museum, said the 1966 publication of 19th-century York countian Lewis Miller’s work would provide a service for students and historians in opening up a new field of study in American social life, customs, arts and the like. His prediction came true. Now a complementary volume to that now out-of-print book is becoming available in the fall. ‘Lewis Miller’s People’ is a collection of more than 700 of Lewis Miller’s portraits in the collection of the York County Heritage Trust.

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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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