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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Anniversary - Vintage Johnstown


You are looking looking up Broad Street from the intersection of Roosevelt Blvd and Power Street in Cambria City - and I chose this image (Courtesy of JAHA) for the kick off of this website - one year ago today.
And there were a couple of reason for it - but the most important at the time was that I was working on a history book of my Hanzel family and this gives a very rare glance at how McConaughy side of Broad Street used to look. The building with the bread sign on the left is the boarding house my great-grandfather Joseph Hanzel stayed at along with his brother John when they first came to Johnstown at the turn of the century. A few doors down on the same side was Holtzman's Department Store. Making your way up towards Morrellville were shops of all shapes and sizes.

The present location is the intersection of Broad Street and Power Street. The present day U-haul and the old Bestform Plant are now located in the area on the left hand side. Click on the picture to enlarge.

5 comments:

Joanne said...

Happy Anniversary! I enjoy my daily trip back into the history of Johnstown and surrounding communities. When I first discovered Vintage Johnstown, I felt like I found a goldmine! All of your research, postings and dedication to your site is greatly appreciated. Keep up the great work!

Lisa Cacicia said...

Joanne - thank you for your kind words - Lisa

Brian said...

Happy Anniversary! Being a child of the late 60s and 70s most of these pictures are new to me. I look forward everyday to see what's been posted. Keep up the good work and thanks again!

Lisa Cacicia said...

Thanks Brian - Lisa

Tony Pejack said...

One more door down Broad St. from Holtzman's was Baback's Drug Store and as you cross 2nd Ave. on the same side of the street was Wisebergs Dept Store and above were apartments.