Alan Mays' photos with the Berks County

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

Steamboat Ticket, Reading, Pa., to Klapperthal Pavilion, July 4, 1896

Steamboat Ticket, Reading, Pa., to Klapperthal Pavilion, July 4, 1896
A child's ticket for a steamboat trip on the Schuylkill River between Reading, Pennsylvania, and the Klapperthal Pavilion, which was located outside of town and contained a dance floor, restaurant, and other amenities. The back of the ticket is stamped "J…
Added on December 15, 2017

Peach Festival Ticket, Second Reformed Church, Reading, Pa., Sept. 13, 1952

Peach Festival Ticket, Second Reformed Church, Reading, Pa., Sept. 13, 1952
Peach Festival

Sponsored by the Women's Guild of Second Reformed Church, 45 South Sixth Street, Saturday, September 13, 1952, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Baked ham supper, peaches and ice cream, novelties, cake and candy. Tickets good for anything on sale. Ticket…
Added on May 17, 2017

Roy Peiffer on Strunk's Studio Horse, Reading, Pennsylvania

Roy Peiffer on Strunk's Studio Horse, Reading, Pennsylvania
Intended as a rocking horses photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

Handwritten on the back of this cabinet card photo: "Roy Peiffer, cousin. Born about 1905."

Photographer: "Strunk, cabinet portraits, 730 Penn St., Reading, Pa."

I've been planning…
Added on May 21, 2016

Omene! The Divine Odalisque, Original Turkish Dancer

Omene! The Divine Odalisque, Original Turkish Dancer
"The Divine Odalisque, Omene! Original Turkish dancer. Bijou Theatre, week August 27."

A small ticket (or perhaps just part of an advertising card on heavier paper stock) for a performance by Omene the Divine Odalisque, an "original Turkish dancer," who…
Added on May 12, 2016

Pomeroy's Juvenile Hour Performers

Pomeroy's Juvenile Hour Performers
"Pomeroy's Juvenile Hour. WEEU. Bernie, program director. Photo by Pomeroy's."

Pomeroy's was a department store that had locations in Reading, Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, and other Pennsylvania cities. This real photo postcard, which shows the Reading stor…
Added on January 22, 2016

The Hydraulic Ram Is a Perfectly Simple, Effective, and Durable Machine

The Hydraulic Ram Is a Perfectly Simple, Effective, and Durable Machine
For information about Darius L. Kauffman and hydraulic rams, see the front of this advertising trade card: The Hydraulic Ram, Darius L. Kauffman, Garfield, Pa., 1880s.

Spring and Creek Water.
How to raise it for all purposes!

The Hydraulic Ram is a perf…
Added on May 14, 2015

The Hydraulic Ram, Darius L. Kauffman, Garfield, Pa., 1880s

The Hydraulic Ram, Darius L. Kauffman, Garfield, Pa., 1880s
In this advertising trade card from the 1880s, Darius L. Kauffman revealed his passion for the hydraulic ram, which is essentially a water-powered water pump. The front of the card (above) illustrates a ram in action. One pipe draws water from a pond or s…
Added on May 14, 2015

All Seasons Greetings from Your Milkman, St. Lawrence Dairy, Reading, Pa. (Unfolded)

All Seasons Greetings from Your Milkman, St. Lawrence Dairy, Reading, Pa. (Unfolded)
"All Seasons Greetings from your milkman, Don Griffith, St. Lawrence Dairy. Spring. Summer. Autumn. Winter. Burnish."

See also the folded view of the card:
Added on December  5, 2013

All Seasons Greetings from Your Milkman, St. Lawrence Dairy, Reading, Pa.

All Seasons Greetings from Your Milkman, St. Lawrence Dairy, Reading, Pa.
"All Seasons Greetings from your milkman, Don Griffith, St. Lawrence Dairy. Winter. Burnish."

For the entire unfolded greeting card, see:
Added on December  5, 2013

Twin Boys with Bows, Reading, Pa., 1890s

Twin Boys with Bows, Reading, Pa., 1890s
Handwritten note on the back of this cabinet photo: "Sister Annie's. Martin - Samuel Heffner (twins)."

Photo studio: "J. D. Strunk, 730 Penn St., Reading, Pa."
Added on December  2, 2014

Halloween Ghost Party Ticket, Reading, Pa., 1954

Halloween Ghost Party Ticket, Reading, Pa., 1954
"Ghost Party, Saturday evening, October 23rd, at 9:00 o'clock, Harmony Maennerchor, 204 Lancaster Avenue. Admit one ghost, $1.50."
Added on October  9, 2014

Reading Fire Department, Labor Day Parade, Reading, Pennsylvania

Reading Fire Department, Labor Day Parade, Reading, Pennsylvania
"Reading Fire Dept., on Penn Square, Labor Day, Reading, Pa."

Printed on the back of this postcard: "Pub. by W. Chas. Lewars, Reading, Pa."

The Reading Fire Department, Reading, Pennsylvania, marches in a Labor Day parade with horse-drawn fire equipment…
Added on September  1, 2014

Hercules Baseball Player, Reading, Pa.

Hercules Baseball Player, Reading, Pa.
Photo studio: John S. Fritz, 852 Penn Street, Reading, Pa.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to uncover any information regarding a "Hercules" baseball team in or around Reading, Pennsylvania, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Added on July 23, 2014

Frescoing! House and Sign Painting, E. A. Weis, Reading, Pa.

Frescoing! House and Sign Painting, E. A. Weis, Reading, Pa.
"Frescoing! House and sign painting, paper hanging, graining, glazing. Latest styles of wall paper in large variety. All work done as represented. E. A. Weis, agt., 26 N. 6th St., Reading, Pa. Eagle Job Print, Reading."
Added on March 28, 2017

Gruber Wagon Works, Mt. Pleasant, Berks County, Pa.

Gruber Wagon Works, Mt. Pleasant, Berks County, Pa.
"Gruber Wagon Works, Mt. Pleasant, Berks County, Pa. P.O., Bernville, R.F.D No. 2. Telephone. Presented by J. W. Gruber. (over). West Hydraulic Cold Tire Setter. Have them set while you wait."

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The Gruber Wagon Works, built in 1882 and originall…
Added on August 14, 2014

Meal Ticket Good Only at Circle Bar, Reading, Pa.

Meal Ticket Good Only at Circle Bar, Reading, Pa.
"Meal Ticket, good only at Circle Bar, 9th & Bingaman Sts., Reading, Penna., Walter (Shag) Bialy, prop. $5.50 value, price $5.00. 5, 10, 25, 50."
Added on March 26, 2018

Reading Steamboat Company Ticket, Reading, Pa., to High's Grove

Reading Steamboat Company Ticket, Reading, Pa., to High's Grove
"Reading Steamboat Co., this ticket is good for one passage from Reading to High's Grove. Good for this day only. Reading Steamboat Co. Return ticket from High's Grove to Reading."

The Reading Steamboat Company operated steamboats on the Schuylkill River…
Added on November 21, 2014