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Monday, January 31, 2011

Luther's Restaurant

Old Luther's Restaurant - Mundy's Corner, Cambria County from the 1930's.

Old Tulip Ad

Nice old ad from Tulip Bottling at 411 Third Avenue in Cambria City - now the site of the Bottleworks.

Bethlehem Steel

Undated photo from Bethlehem Steel.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Trolley Time

The old Moxham Trolley at the intersection of Main and Market Streets. You can just barely see the old Cambria Theatre behind it.

Swank's and Freie Presse

Old Swank's Store ad along with an ad for Johnstown Freie Press which used to publish a German paper. I have clippings from the paper, but not a whole paper. Wish I did.

Mary (Hanzel) Bobko


This is a rare picture of my grandmother's older sister Mary (Hanzel) Bobko 1912 - 2002 and her husband John Bobko. She grew up on Barron Avenue before the Hanzel family moved to Stackhouse Street. This is their wedding picture - and I find this picture beautiful in so many ways. My cousins have very few pictures of themselves growing up during the Depression because money was so tight. And I know that alot of what Mary has on from shoes to jewelry were borrowed for this sitting. She was one of the kindest people I have ever known.

Our family may not have alot of money, but we do have a sense of humor. When Mary died in 2002, the family gathered down at the old homestead on Stackhouse Street. While sitting on the porch, Mary's daughter Karol commented on how pretty my Aunt Marge's roses were - and asked her if she fed them. Aunt Marge thought we were talking about the rabbit she was feeding and she said she fed it sauerkraut and mashed potatoes - etc - not realizing they were asking about the rose bush. Everyone had a good laugh over that.

Summerhill - Cambria County

Carpenter Hotel on Market Street in Summerhill, Cambria County.

St. Emerich - Cambria City

The now gone St. Emerich Church along Chestnut Street in Cambria City.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Downtown Johnstown


Nice look of downtown Johnstown towards Central Park.

Trolley Time

This is the Franklin Trolley using the Coopersdale Turnaround - 1960's.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

WJAC-TV - 1965

Great piece of history sent in by reader Lanny V. on the history of WJAC-TV. His dad is the standing the third from the right in this clipping showing off the new gadget getting ready for the Sunnehanna Tourney.

Gallitzen Snow - Leonard Hotel

This picture postcard in from 1908 and on the back they wrote "Visiting Leonard Hotel with snow 7 to 8 feet high". Now I have to say, that is alot of snow...all in the day with no snow plows. My back hurts just thinking about it.

Checks - 1880's Style

Interesting bit of banking history - from John Dibert & Co., Bankers - Johnstown.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Virginia Avenue Boys - Johnstown

My grandfather Walter Lenz in the middle with friends John Molchany and Willie Kasterko - all from the Virginia Avenue area of Morrellville.

Iron Street - Marble Markers

 
Old ad for Berkebile-Gabriel & Son's - Monuments, Markers and Mausoleums - 61 Iron Street - Minersville.

Salix Academy - Cambria County

Picture postcard of Salix Academy from around 1910. I have no idea if this building is still standing. If it is, it would be interesting to see its use now.

Trolley Time

The Trolley on the Franklin Bridge - 1960's.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Morrell School - Barron and D Street

This is an old photo of Morrell School - Barron Avenue and D Street in Morrellville. Now the present location of St. Francis Church. Some members of my grandfather's family went there including his sister Margaret (Lenz) Gloor 1897 - 1967. She is the small child in front. Also on the picture is brother Albert Lenz and sister Lena (Lenz) Pittman.
This cardboard picture card was taken at their old house at 1313 B Street - this picture dates from around 1900. I have Margaret's old school book from Morrell School - 1909.
And the best page of all:
I just love stuff like this. The oldest inscription of this type I have is from 1876. I'll have to dig that out and post it.

Beaverdale School

 
Nice picture postcard of the old school house in Beaverdale, Cambria County. I have no idea if it is still there.

Stackhouse Street - Morrellville

This is my mother Gail (Patsy) Lenz Cacicia standing in front of her grandmother Mary Hanzel's house along Stackhouse street - with the photographer looking up towards Virginia Avenue.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

St. Casimir's Church

Nice old engraving of St. Casimir's Church in Cambria City from my grandfather's collection

Friday, January 21, 2011

WJAC-TV Studio - 1964

An interesting look of what was then the new WJAC-TV Studio A. Which at one time was the largest studio on the East Coast (it might still be - I'll have to check again). This photo courtesy of Retired Chief Videographer Lanny Vrooman. This is the studio where the news is now done.
On the right hand side - where the camera is point to a weather map - that is where the area where Ultamatte (the green screen) is now and where the wx boys do their stuff.
Directly behind the people is the kitchen set - that hasn't changed much and is still located there.
The rest of the set is taken up by all the Romper Room props. That area now contains the film and tape archive. Directly in front of this area is where the current news set is.

On your radio dial

WARD - that's 1490 AM. It pays to advertise and buy a good market - through a good station.

Frankstown Hill

The lower end of Main Street looking up towards Fransktown Road - 1950's.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

State Theatre Ad - 1931

Nice old ad taken from the 1931 Johnstown High Yearbook.

Frankstown Hill - 1924


Trucks have been crashign at the bottom of Frankstown Road for as long as there's been trucks. This photo sent in by reader Kenglo33 and is taken from the Russell Heffely book.

Old Patton School

This is from a picture postcard dated 1908. I have no idea which school this is in Patton, Cambria County. If any of you readers know, please let me know.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

1936 Flood - Johnstown

What's left of the Alhambra Theatre.

Richards Plumbing and Heating - Chandler Avenue


F Street is now called Chandler Avenue and the present location of :
Around the Corner Bar - but this building also used to house a Floor Tile Store (sorry but I can't remember the name of it). This is just past the intersection of Chandler and Fairfield Avenue, right by the Corner Drug Store.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Curry Brothers' Garage

Curry Brothers' Garage - another ad from McConaughy Street in Cambria City.

Try South Fork Beer

South Fork Beer - Don't let the heat get your goat. Again a 'Every Bottle Sterilized' sign. How bad of a problem was this? I just love those two little goats...this interesting photo is from the South Fork Croyle Class of 1959 website. When you get a chance. Head on over and check it out.

The Crick - K Street - Morrellville

This is for all of you that played in the crick. This is 'The Deep Part' that was just around the bend at the end of Palmer Avenue. Bob Cacicia (my father) is the kid in the middle. To the left - John Cacicia Sr., Mimi (Cacicia) Adams (my Aunt). To the right - John Cacicia (my Uncle) and Charlie Wiley (my Uncle).

K and Alexander - Morrellville

Taken from my yard on K Street and shows Ward's old house there on the corner at Alexander Street with Bheam School in the distance.

Trolley Time

A couple of the buses at the Moxham Car Barn.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

K Street - Morrellville

Looking down at my house and the rest of K Street and Morrellville. This was taken from the hillside  - where I spent hundreds of hours exploring and playing.

Mercurochrome

Need I say more...a product we all used growing up.

Let's Do Lunch

We'll all meet up at the Treat Mobile at the Riverside in Westwood Plaza to enjoy a couple of hot dogs and refreshing soft drinks.

1889 Flood

One half of stereo card - Main and Union Streets.

Friday, January 14, 2011

KC and the Sunshine Band

Meet you all at the War Memorial - which is the only thing still in existance in this vintage ad.

Hi Yo Lone Silver - Harris-Boyer

A couple of nice old Lone Ranger Safety Club items - sponsored by Harris-Boyer Bakery along Fairfield Avenue in Morrellville. I actually have Clayton Moore's autograph. My Aunt Lucy (Cacicia) Wiley was a neighbor of his in the 1960's in Canoga Park, Ca.