It’s a History Mystery! Photos/stories score well on Facebook, other social media

 

Twice a day, seven days a week, I put up History Mystery photos on YDR’s Facebook page. One example is above and others below.

I do this for several reasons YDR’s Facebook page  has a following of more than 32,000 fans, so it gets York County history places, people and stories before a large audience. The audience over there are not history specialists, so it gets YorkPa history before a group of “lay people,” who engage, delight and gain information about things of our past.

Further, the photos usually tie to past posts on this blog, bring back old material before new audiences. (I also put some History Mysteries on my own Facebook page. Feel free to like.)

Almost all posts to YDR Facebook gain a reach of 10,000 people and many 20,000 and above. A couple, 50,000 +.

I often bring these YDR Facebook “embeds” back to posts to this blog, as well.

You might see more of these history mysteries on here as we go forward.

Enjoy, and feel free to like, share or comment. If you’re stumped, click on the link and you’ll be delivered to the answer! Continue reading “It’s a History Mystery! Photos/stories score well on Facebook, other social media” »

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Quiet Arles Park teaches active lessons about York, Pa.

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This marker, with plaque, marks Arles Park in York, Pa.’s, east end. The plaque gives a brief history of the city park at East King and Pattison streets. It was dedicated in 1961, six years after the formation of York Twinning Association. That community group formed an alliance with Arles, France, the source of the French name attached to the park. Also of interest: York still twinning with France, Germany after 50-plus years.

 

 

 

 
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The other day, I noted that visiting York’s parks is a good way to get to know the city.

Arles Park, I wrote, was the only one of the 25 city rec areas that I have not visited. (I’ve even been to tiny and obscure Little Jimmy’s Park on the city’s north side).

I’ve now completed the tour, spending some time in Arles Park.

There’s a lot to that park, even though empty in my mid-morning weekday visit. Continue reading “Quiet Arles Park teaches active lessons about York, Pa.” »

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High Rock in York County, Pa. So, which High Rock is this?

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Chris Otto tells us about all kinds of interesting things over at Papergreat.com. He found the High Rock postcard above. The question seems to be: Which York County High Rock is it? Maybe one of you can help? A couple of us have weighed in, as you will see by clicking on the comments icon. (Update:) As you’ll see in comments, geologist Jeri Jones’ weighed in on the location of these rocks. His final judgment: In the Pigeon Hills near the intersection of High Rock Road and Moulstown Road. So, mystery solved?

Meanwhile, here’s another Facebook post that locates one High Rock in York County:

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At Duncannon’s Red Rabbit, it’s OK to ask for extra Bunny Dust

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The Red Rabbit experience awaits motorists traveling on Route 322 about 15 miles north of Harrisburg. It’s, indeed, an experience. A delicious experience. The drive-in’s motto?  ‘Make Red Rabbit a Habit.’ They succeeded. Also of interest: Decision at Hanover’s Tropical Treat – Fat boy or Italian steak?

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These hamburger places and their coveted recipes.

York County’s wonderful Bury’s red sauce recipe, though widely published, is closely held. In fact, a secret.

Perry County’s Red Rabbit has mysterious Bunny Dust which it sprinkles on its burgers, fries (online reviewers say ask for extra) and other menu items. Continue reading “At Duncannon’s Red Rabbit, it’s OK to ask for extra Bunny Dust” »

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Made in York? Oui! York Wallcoverings found in homes worldwide

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York Wallcoverings’ Ron Redding provided numerous examples changes in wallpaper over time and told the story about the evolution of the wallpaper industry over the centuries at a recent Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society meeting. Here, he shows a photograph of an 100-plus-year-old surface press, as he holds a hand-produced block cut to manually make wallpaper designs. Today, the surface presses remain in use, but many designs are performed digitally. Also of interest:  Also of interest: Keystone Color Works to be brushed up for Artspace?

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Ron Redding knows wallpaper.

The York Wallcoverings Designer intrigued a Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society audience with the facts and impressions about wallpaper over the centuries.

Here are six points from the presentation, in which Redding produced numerous samples of how wallpaper design changed over the centuries: Continue reading “Made in York? Oui! York Wallcoverings found in homes worldwide” »

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How Kiwanis Lake has changed since it was developed in 1952

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 ’Picturing History’ captures a then & now scene from Kiwanis Lake. Sometimes, Kiwanis Lake is mushed in with nearby Farquhar Park. But this list from the City of York separates it out among the 25 parks listed on its website. Check out that list. How many parks have you visited? The only one that I’ve never stepped foot in is Arles Park (though I’ve written about it.) I didn’t immediately see Renaissance Park on the list. The city inventory also puts forth some parks that might surprise you – Cherry Lane, for example. Of these parks, Kiwanis Lake is one of the most popular, developed in 1952. This was about the time that developments in that area of the city – Fireside, for example – were going in. From the background in this photo, so was the Med Ed building. (See all the posts – with special sliders that enhance the before-and-after view – that are part of the ‘Picturing History’ series.) Also of interest: Kiwanis Lake: York countians have stayed at home there for decades.

Other neat stuff from all over… .

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In the former Formprest building: York countians locate things by what used to be there

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The new location of Handsome Cab (white building, a wine bar, will be located in the former Formpress building at 104-106 North George Street in York. Pictures before renovation of the building begins July 2, 2014.  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News
York countians are good at this: When something is opening somewhere, we describe it as being in the former such and such building. Well, a wine bar on North George Street is going into the former Formprest cleaners building (white building above). The Handsome Cab is one of two wine bars opening in that area, examples of boutique-like business opening its doors in that part of town. Like others in the Market/Arts District, it will devote upper-floor space to art galleries and studios. The business is expected to open late this year or next. See a photo gallery of the old building’s interior and this FlipsidePa.com story that explains more. Here’s a former building example:  1 York, Pa. building, 100 years: From Red’s bikes to Redeux market. Also of interest: It’s a fun game: What used to where in York County, Pa.

From the third floor staircase above the future location of the Handsome Cab, a wine bar, that will be located in the former Formpress building at 104-106 North George Street in York. Pictures before renovation of the building begins July 2, 1014.  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News
York countians also have another saying. They just don’t make them like this anymore. The once-attractive staircase in the old Formprest building no doubt will be spruced up, when it leads to artist lofts and studios.

Other neat stuff from all over … . Continue reading “In the former Formprest building: York countians locate things by what used to be there” »

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1 York, Pa. building, 100 years: From Red’s bikes to Redeux market

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This photo shows employees of C.B. ‘Red’ Klinedinst’s bicycle store, 113-117 S. Duke St., in about 1950. The store continued to sell bicycle for decades after that before closing in 2012. Also of interest: Old-time York bike shop: ‘It’s like a store that time forgot’.

Red Klinedinst’s bike shop was kind of the place to go in the York area when it came time to buy – or repair – a two-wheeler.

The store served several generations in its 100 years of business. It increasingly faced competition from department stores, specialty bike shops and the Walmarts of York. Now, Red’s old building has seen a rebirth in Redeux, a vintage and handmade marketplace.

That store is part of the Royal Square initiative, along East King Street, which is headquartered around the The Bond redevelopment project and features a growing number of art galleries.

So here’s a look back at the store as Red’s and forward as Redeux in 7 photographs: Continue reading “1 York, Pa. building, 100 years: From Red’s bikes to Redeux market” »

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Rosie the Riveter toiled in the Civil War, too

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Women living in the Civil War era are getting their due in the popular re-enactments in Gettysburg and elsewhere in these 150 years of the war observances. One re-enactor in Gettysburg for the 151st anniversary of the battle likened Civil War contributions to those of ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ that symbol of women who worked on shop floors in World War II. ‘Women could be found working the fields, serving as nurses, sewing uniforms in army depots and laboring in the Christian Commission,’ the re-enactor told the Evening Sun in Hanover. ‘And all of this was in addition to running a household, raising children and managing finances, she added.’ This scene comes from the re-enactment in Gettysburg over the weekend.The stories of contributions of women in York County have been told told in essays such as this one:  Civil War affected women in York County – and vice versa. And fortunately, accounts continue to surface. For other Evening Sun coverage from this past week, see 151st. Also of interest: Civil War affected women, Part II.

Other neat stuff from all over … Continue reading “Rosie the Riveter toiled in the Civil War, too” »

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When York was the hub of powerlifting. And York Barbell still is.

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What these York Barbell power lifters are doing here is similar to the Strength Spectacular at the venerable York, Pa., barbell maker in June. ‘I think York is the hub, the heart of powerlifting, and we want to be a part of it,” a powerlifter said at the Strength Spectacular, restarted in 1998 to promote the sport and its iconic equipment supply, York Barbell. Here, artist Cliff Satterthwaite turned this view into a post card. The one below … . Also of interest: Check out these stories and photos about York Barbell’s past.

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…is live from the gym, according to Cliff. Check out Olympian Tommy Kono helping a fellow weightlifter in the gym. (Maybe it’s the same gym.) And Yorkblogger June Lloyd writes about York Barbell’s Bob Hoffman’s pioneering efforts in the bottled water business.

More neat stuff from all over … . Continue reading “When York was the hub of powerlifting. And York Barbell still is.” »

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