Alan Mays' photos with the Pennsylvania

Steamboat Mary, Wrightsville and Columbia, Pennsylvania, ca. 1907

Steamboat Mary, Wrightsville and Columbia, Pennsylvania, ca. 1907
"Steamboat Mary, Wrightsville and Columbia, Pa. B. D. Beittel, Columbia, Pa."

An early postcard of Steamboat Mary, which evidently ran on the Susquehanna River between Wrightsville, York County, and Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The card date…
Added on August 11, 2018

Orphans Home Band, Loysville, Pa.

Orphans Home Band, Loysville, Pa.
A real photo postcard showing the Tressler Orphans' Home Band. "Tressler" was part of its name beginning sometime in the nineteenth century, so I'm not sure why it's missing from the drum in this early twentieth-century photo.

For a later incarnation of…
Added on July 19, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania—Then and Now

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania—Then and Now
This is a side-by-side comparison of a nineteenth-century advertising card with a Google Street View (from 2011) of the building depicted on the card.

It's quite surprising to discover that the façade of the building, which was a store in the late 1800s…
Added on July 14, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania
A nineteenth-century advertising card for Spangler & Rich, a store in Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Amazingly enough, the building that housed the store is still standing, and its façade hasn't changed dramatically in over 100 years. A laundr…
Added on July 14, 2018

C. L. Hartz, Dealer in Meats and Cheese, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

C. L. Hartz, Dealer in Meats and Cheese, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
A business card by Pluck Print with an illustration of anthropomorphic pigs by the Philadelphia engraving firm of Crosscup and West.

C. L. Hartz

Dealer in all kinds of first-class smoked meats, such as ham, dried beef, bologna, breakfast bacon, &c

Che…
Added on July 13, 2018

Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company Ticket

Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company Ticket
"Lancaster, E., & M. Turnpike Co. The gate keepers must punch the spaces. Gate - 1, 2, 3, 4, 4½ , 5, 6, 7. Horse Team - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Cattle, Etc."

An unused ticket for the Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company, which operat…
Added on July 19, 2018

Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company Ticket (Rotated)

Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company Ticket (Rotated)
For more information, see the original version of the ticket.
Added on July 19, 2018

Berks and Dauphin Turnpike Road Company Ticket

Berks and Dauphin Turnpike Road Company Ticket
The Berks and Dauphin Turnpike Road Company was in existence from 1805 to about 1917 and collected tolls along a road that extended from Berks County through Lebanon County and into Dauphin County in Pennsylvania.

The punches on this ticket indicate tha…
Added on July 19, 2018

Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa., 1920s

Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa., 1920s
"The Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa. The home of Velvet Ice Cream."

According to "Russ Bros. New Ice Cream Plant," an article in the Ice Cream Trade Journal, March 1920, pp. 47-49, the Russ Bros. Ice Cream Company bought an old typewri…
Added on July  9, 2018

Rosey's Auto Graveyard, Lincoln Highway, Vintage, Pennsylvania, 1919

Rosey's Auto Graveyard, Lincoln Highway, Vintage, Pennsylvania, 1919
"Rosey's Auto Graveyard on Lincoln Highway at Vintage, Pa. Between Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pa."

The Lancaster County Postcard Club's book, Lancaster County Postcards: Windows to Our Past (Stevens, Pa., 1998), p. 94, gives a date of 1919 for this post…
Added on July  9, 2018

Class of 1912, Clearfield, Pennsylvania

Class of 1912, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
A real photo postcard with "McDowell Studio, Clearfield, Pa." embossed in the lower right-hand corner. "The Brown Family" is the only thing written on the other side.

Nineteen graduating seniors—seventeen young woman and two young men—posed for this phot…
Added on June 19, 2018

Putnam Fadeless Dyes and Tints Advertising Fan

Putnam Fadeless Dyes and Tints Advertising Fan
"Putnam Fadeless Dyes-Tints."

A late 1920s paper advertising fan with a wooden handle. The elaborate Art Nouveau design of the fan features a green nymph in flowing robes who's using Putnam Fadeless Dyes and Tints to paint colors onto the wings of a quiz…
Added on June  4, 2018

Putnam Fadeless Dyes and Tints Advertising Fan (Back)

Putnam Fadeless Dyes and Tints Advertising Fan (Back)
Partial transcription of the text on the back of the Putnam Fadeless Dyes and Tints Advertising Fan:

Putnam Fadeless Dyes, Tints

To dye, use boiling water. To tint, dip in warm water. Colors all materials.

Putnam No-Kolor Bleach removes the original co…
Added on June  4, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Detail)

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Detail)
Agnes Conrad circled her high school portrait (in the lower right-hand corner), which was part of a montage of 98 photos that formed the letters "NCHS" on a real photo postcard in 1915. For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcar…
Added on April 26, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Right)

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Right)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on April 26, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Left)

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Left)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on April 26, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa.

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa.
"NCHS, Class of 1915, Photo by Seavy."

The heads of 98 members of the class of 1915 at New Castle High School in New Castle, Pennsylvania, form the letters "NCHS" in this remarkable photographic montage by Edgar E. Seavy (for information about the photog…
Added on April 26, 2018

Cattles and Apples! Sale at the Greenawalt House, Elizabethtown, Pa., Dec. 19, 1885

Cattles and Apples! Sale at the Greenawalt House, Elizabethtown, Pa., Dec. 19, 1885
A sale bill for an auction that took place on December 19, 1885, at the Greenawalt House, which was a hotel located in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. I like the exclamatory combination of "Cattle and Apples!"

Cattles and Apples!

Keller & Alwine's Sale. S…
Added on March 29, 2018