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Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife

From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Monday - November 24, 1947
A nasty wet day. I did not do much of any thing.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Line of Shops

Franklin and Main - Downtown Johnstown


VJ Repeat - Very early shot of the old entrance to Grandview Cemetery - when it used Millcreek Road. Knowing that the cemetery opened in 1885 and had their first burial in 1887 and judging the landscape and clothing styles - I would date this between 1887 and no later than the mid 1890's. Bucknell Avenue became the official entrance in 1904. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.
Top of the gate.
This picture is mounted on very thick cardboard and looks like it hung on a wall. I think either the two men or the young boy might have been related to people that had it on their wall.
This looks like some type of inscription on the stone of the doorway of the arch - but it's too hard to make out - along with a creepy looking image most likely caused by the weather. At least I hope that is the case....because it kind of reminds me of the Virgin Mary.
This picture was taken in the Spring which helps to really show off some of the features that are long gone - like the fences - which I have never seen pictures of before. All in all - a pretty cool look at this age-old landmark. For a picture of the old Chapin Arch - CLICK HERE.

Mayer's Meat Market

Old Cambria City Ad

November 23, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife

From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Sunday - November 23, 1947
I was at church them I come home and Ida had dinner started so I helped. And we ate and awhile we was eating Lottie, Clay, June & Bill and their baby come. The baby is 7 weeks old.
They would not stay for supper.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Vintage Johnstown 2015 Calendars

Just put up a fresh batch of the Best of Vintage Johnstown Calendars on Ebay. Get yours before they are gone. I packed 34 color and black & white images of the glory days of Johnstown. CLICK HERE to be taken to the link to order yours thru Paypal.

For everything you bake

Downtown Johnstown

Going Out of Business

Reader Steve Dixon sent in this clipping from 1951. Members of his family owned the Tross & Co. Clothing Store and this is their going out of business sale. The store operated from 1931 to 1951 at 346 Main Street. The building later became a Tops Diner before being torn down to make way for the medical center.

Trolley Time


November 22, 1947: Diary of a Johnstown Housewife

From the diary of Mrs. Elizabeth Oldham of Moxham
Saturday - November 22, 1947
I baked 2 pies and made a custard. Then we had baked pepers filled with hamburg.
I went up to the store and got some chestnuts and cooked them and Ida and I ate them.
Joe was here a little while.

Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 - Johnstown Christmas Parade

Thought I'd try a little something different with this years Christmas Parade - made clips of most of the marching bands. The parade as usual was GREAT! For those of you in warmer climates - as I shot this - the mercury was hovering around 17 degrees or so. Which means as you watch some of the clips - my poor camera was having some issues because of the bitter cold. First up in this clip - Conemaugh Township Marching Band. I would have had pictures of all that was going on in Central Park for light up night - but I only took one card with me and unfortunately it was filled by the time we got down to the park. I'll take shots of Central Park in the next week or two.
I shot in HD - so all you have to do to play it back that way is to change the setting on the clip itself - you see where it says HD in red - click on that to improve the default setting from Youtube.
Ameriserv Bank Float
Ferndale Marching Band
Conemaugh Valley Marching Band and Cub Scout Pack 217
Met Life Santa Float and Northwest Bank
Bugs in a Box, North Star High School and Turners Cheerleading
Nutcracker Float
First National Bank Float, Richland Marching Band and Camtran Trolley
New Centerville Spinnetts
Somerset Trust Float, Forest Hills Marching Band and Pediatric Care Specialists
Conemaugh Health Systems
Johnstown High School Marching Band and Santa Claus to wrap the parade up.

State Theatre

VJ Repeat - The Grand Opening of The New Million Dollar State Theatre in downtown Johnstown. Part of it still survives - inside the building next to the old Lee Hospital.
Souvenir Program - "The Pride of Johnstown"
George Panagotacos - President-Treasurer and Director General
L.M. Conrad - Managing Director