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Picturing History recalls York, Pa.’s ‘second banana’ Hotel Penn

‘My interest in the Hotel Penn,’ Jim Hubley wrote in the York, Pa., Daily Record on Jan. 26, 1985, ‘goes back to when, as a tot, I was impressed with the long, long porch which fronted the building in the early 1920s. In summer the porch was filled with guests rocking away or nestled comfortably with with their feet resting atop the porch railing. To me, it represented the height of affluence.’

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John Wilkes Booth gave color to Bland’s boarding school in York

John Wilkes Booth attended school in York years before he gained infamy for assassinating Abraham Lincoln. Background posts: James A. Garfield: ‘York was the capital of the United States when congress was on wheels’ and Piece of John Wilkes Booth’s … Continue reading

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Paper Fair sponsor: ‘York was in the big leagues of the Big Bands’

The colorful Valencia, seen here in this circa 1937 postcard, played host to dozens of national acts. Background posts: The bad, and yes, the good of the Great Depression in York County and Valencia Ballroom became cool place during Depression … Continue reading

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Valencia Ballroom became cool place during Depression

Band leader Kay Kyser drew more than 2,500 fans on March 3, 1939, said to be the largest crowd ever to attend an event at the Valencia. Background post about York’s contributions to the national entertainment world: Cameron Mitchell, Craig … Continue reading

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