Two newspaper artists documented York County life 50 years ago

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Walt Partymiller was best known around York as a newspaper cartoonist. His work appeared on the front page of J.W. Gitt’s Gazette & Daily from the post World War II era to the mid-1970s. He also painted landscapes, as this scene of Campbell Bridge on the York College of Pennsylvania campus attests. Also of interest: Cartoonist made York newspaper owner’s views an art form.

The work of two York County artists in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s appeared in newspapers and homes around York County.

Walt Partymiller was a daily contributor to The Gazette and Daily. His landscapes still hang in homes around York County today.

Likewise, Cliff Satterthwaite documented scenes around York County for J.W. Gitt’s Gazette. He also painted landmarks around York County. Continue reading “Two newspaper artists documented York County life 50 years ago” »

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Lancaster County’s Columbia target of Smithsonian’s search-and-enjoy mission

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The National Watch and Clock Museum received a shout out when Smithsonian.com listed Columbia as one of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014. ‘Columbia is also home to one of the world’s only horology museums, the National Watch and Clock museum, where visitors can contemplate the ever-nebulous subject of time,’ Smithsonian.com reported. Also of interest: ‘Columbia, Marietta, Wrightsville’ book feeds your sense of discovery.

In York County, we’ve long claimed Columbia over there across the Susquehanna as one of our own.

As Yorkblogger June Lloyd tells it, York County’s first U.S. congressman, Thomas Hartley, lobbied for Columbia – known as Wright’s Ferry in the early 1790s – as the nation’s capital.

Hartley also fought for York to play that role, June notes. York had a little experience there, hosting Continental Congress in 1777-78.
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New word here: spionnetje, Part 2. And they were once all around York, Pa.

Linked in/Neat stuff: Rare video of Glen Rock/Art from Cliff Satterthwaite
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So we put out a call on this blog at in the York Daily Record for the presence of busybody mirrors, aka ‘spionnetje.’ And a Facebooker gave us a lead to this one, just west of Union Lutheran Church on West Market Street. That’s the only one to be brought forth so far. Any other such mirrors out there?
Also of interest: New word here: spionnetje, Part I. And they were once all around York, Pa.

Other items of note from all over …

I recently ran across some pretty interesting York County Fireman’s Convention video footage on the Glen Theatre’s site.

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New throwback lights on Susquehanna River span: ‘This bridge is going to be beautiful’

lanternSee that lamp on the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge, aka Veterans Memorial Bridge, soon after its opening in 1930? They’ll be back or something like them as part of bridge relighting project. This photo came from a bridge souvenir booklet. Interestingly, this bridge lighting work is coming on the 200th anniversary of the opening of the first of six bridges across the Susquehanna at Wrightsville and Columbia. Also of interest: Absorbing photo and overlay show locations of six Susquehanna River bridges.

The older of the two bridges crossing the Susquehanna River at Wrightsville is receiving new throwback lights.

The cast iron lanterns will be replicas of the original lights installed on Veterans Memorial Bridge in 1930.
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When York, Pa.’s Post Office stood like a lighthouse

 Linked in/Neat stuff: York Carriage Works fire/Hanover Clothing moves

061311-sub-York-oldest-post-office.jpgYes, this is the old turn-of-the-20th-century post office, Beaver and Philadelphia in York, Pa. A favorite building for many visitors to the arts district. It’s now part Lighthouse Youth Center Ministry of the York Rescue Mission, below. YDR photographer Paul Kuehnel, who has been inside the structure, says it joins up with next-door Gethsemane Hall to provide a spacious recreational facility. Check out this unique slider to see the before/after effect captured by Paul, who stood in the same spot as the artist in the undated sketch.

post officeFor more on this Picturing History series, check out: Looking back. The lighthouse-like architecture is evident from this vantage point. Interesting how things change in 100 years. Today, York’s Post Office operates from a storefront on West Market Street after its recent move from its longtime South George Street site. And no, this isn’t a Dempwolf building, as Yorkblogger June Lloyd explains: More on York’s Architecturally Significant 1895 Post Office.

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These 6 photos show what’s behind the gates at beautiful Shady Lane estate

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shadylaneThe closing of a stone arch bridge on the Shady Lane estate in York County’s East Manchester Township gives an opportunity to provide images from this beautiful place. The photo here shows what most people know about the estate – those distinctive gates on the road between Emigsville and Manchester. Also of interest: Beautiful Shady Lane beautiful even in the rain.

Before the rest of the photo tour, here’s a brief narrative of the current issue involved the old bridge, via this YDR.com photo gallery: Continue reading “These 6 photos show what’s behind the gates at beautiful Shady Lane estate” »

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3 photos from 3 different sports add to memories about 3 York County stars

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The GameTimePa..com’s Throwback Thursday series starts with an interview with West York’s Travis Hoffman, who threw ‘The Pass’ that enabled Kennard-Dale’s Adam Miller to score his 2,000th point in front of a home crowd. Here’s Travis’ take on that 1990s moment prep basketball moment: ‘”I scored over 1,000 career points, but I am forever remembered for a turnover! Playing Kennard-Dale and in my opinion, the best player in the history of York County basketball, Adam Miller, we were getting blown out.’ Also of interest: Who is the rightful owner of the boys high school basketball scoring crown?

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Tying together two York County, Pa., institutions: Trout and trains

Linked in/Neat stuff: Camp Indulgence?/Antique road show
jbThis is a pretty neat scene tying together two York County, Pa., institutions. Yes, it’s a stocking for trout season a couple of miles north of Muddy Creek Forks. How did they to this remote spot on the north branch of Muddy Creek? Here’s comes the second institution: The Ma & Pa Railroad. The fish were hauled there aboard a Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village rail car. So this remote railroad – an old connector between York and Baltimore – is put to commercial use again – kind of. (See more York Daily Record/Sunday News photos of thestocking  for the trout season’s opening day.) Also of interest: Fisherman about Codorus Creek in York: ‘Was pleasantly surprised by the variety of fish’.

Neat stuff from all over … .

The Friends of Camp Security spearheaded the acquisition of land on which prisoner of war Camp Security stood in the American Revolution. But the group did not stop there.

They’re seeking a grant to dig for evidence about Camp Indulgence, believed to have operated near Camp Security. That camp held prisoners as well as women and children.

Check out their efforts: Camp Indulgence.

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York County’s and U. of Maryland’s Florence Gipe: ‘You train dogs, you educate nurses”

gipeFlorence Gipe was a York countian of accomplishment  – professor and the first dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Her accomplishments were brought to light in a recent column by June Lloyd in the York Sunday News. Also of interest: Florence Gipe appears in AAUW’s ‘Legacies’ booklet.

Love the serendipity of the York Sunday News Viewpoints section.

There, in one recent week, columnists featured two York countians whose accomplishments should be remembered. Continue reading “York County’s and U. of Maryland’s Florence Gipe: ‘You train dogs, you educate nurses”” »

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York’s Central Market’s space is something that’s marketable

downtownI’ve run such a scene before on this blog. That one came from a different direction, Central Market’s balcony. Like this one, it was a community event at the Central Market. That wonderful markethouse has a lot of assets, including space. If the market can consistently see itself in the gathering business, its reaches would be welcome meeting space for groups in and around York County. That would be popular because after you meet, you can eat. One hundred years ago, the market hosted large gatherings. Time to market that meeting space. Also of interest: Maybe Central Market could become a prime York-area third place.

Part of the event at Central Market caught on video. More than 5,000 crowded Central Market for revival services years ago.
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