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Mention Jacks in York, Pa., and you get memories

Mention Jacks and you get memories. Jane Black captured this scene of the popular downtown York,Pa., retailer Jacks in the late 1970s. Barry Black, a regular commenter on my Facebook page, posted this winsome scene and noted that his wife worked for Jacks. She honed her artist’s skills at York Academy in the 1970s. Judy Bono also commented on Facebook that the Jacks Store, pointing to two connections. Jacks brought her to York for a buying job and later her husband, Richard Bono, served as architect for the building’s restoration.

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National House’s porches probably made for comfort in York, Pa.: ‘Early air conditioning, if you like.’

This then-and-now look at White Star Hotel/National House/Holy Hound shows the change from what artist William Wagner saw in 1830 to today. After this York, Pa., Daily Record ‘Picturing History’ scene appeared on Facebook York C0unty architect Richard Bono gave a bit of helpful color commentary about this York, Pa., landmark: ‘I designed the renovation of this building in 1984. It was five years after I formally began my architecture practice. This indeed is the older front facade. Though the original was not as long, and did not have as many side porches as shown. The building today was designed to the circa 1860 ‘period of significance,’ just before the Civil War. It was done from a photographic plate still in existence. I designed the cut out balusters from that photo, enlarged. The same is true with the ‘lantern’ (cupola) at the apex of the front roof. The porches (or galleries), I speculated at the time, were an early attempt at making the hotel more comfortable… early air conditioning, if you like.’

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National House hosts Charles Dickens, Van Buren and Holy Hound – Linked in with neat York County history stuff, May 23, 2012

The National House, aka the old National Hotel, has seen many businesses and visitors – author Charles Dickens and U.S. President Martin Van Buren – over the years. Now,  a new business is planned. Scott Eden, pictured here, will open  … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens’ coach from York to Harrisburg: A barge on wheels

The White Hall Hotel, West Market and North Beaver streets, played host to Charles Dickens during the noted author’s 1842 visit to America. The artist of this painting of York pulled from several eras. Bottom right, the York County Court … Continue reading

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