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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Johnstown Bank & Trust - 1950's

Janet Shoff and Fern Reed
Joanne Blanding
Arlene Selders, Fern Reed and Frank Hampton
George Kulback, Bib Fisher and Edith Moore
From the Raymond Orner Collection.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Trolley Time

Corrine Street - Oakhurst


The offices of Dr. Webster B. Lowman - Main and Court Streets - Downtown Johnstown - pre-1889

Canadian Fur & Friends

Along with Canadian Fur - you have Morgan Cafe and Hotel Luray. The ones on the left hand side - I just can't make out.
Click to enlarge.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


J.G. McCrory - Main Street


You are looking at the old YMCA Building on Main Street in downtown Johnstown. This one was built right after the 1889 Flood. 


Grieshop Furniture Company - 611 Broad Street - Cambria City

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Nathans - Main Street - this ad is from around 1915.

The Model Cafe

The Model Cafe - Market Street - A Full Line of Things Good to Eat

Two of a Kind

Two tintypes I ran across - they date from around 1870 or so and show Lizzie McCrory and Elias Blough. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Luna Park

VJ Repeat - In case you live in Roxbury and was wondering why it's always so wet - this is a nice shot of what was once Luna Lake - part of Luna Park where Roxbury Park is now. 


Johnstown Refrigerating Company - Vine Street

Horner Street Bridge

Horner Street Bridge

Monday, April 17, 2017

Train Derailment

Not sure what year this derailment was - my cousin took this picture of the Fairfield Avenue Underpass in Morrellville.

Trolley Time

Main Street - City Hall

Cambria Theatre

Cambria Theatre - Main Street - Downtown Johnstown

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Johnstown Bank & Trust - 1955

Betty Price and Oscar Zolbe
Shirley Stahl, Marian Perrer and Janice (Miller) Yoder
Gene Brown
Janet Shoff, Thelma, Elsie and Fern Reed.
From the Raymond Orner Collection - Johnstown Bank & Trust - 1955

Friday, April 14, 2017

Johnstown Driving Park

VJ Repeat - Johnstown Driving Park - Old Westmont. Located around where the middle school track is now.

Signs of the Times

Another VJ repeat because I like this picture: This is the old Power Gas and & Oil Station at the corner of Broad Street and Fairfield Avenue. This building and another gas station that used to occupy the site are long gone. Present day Giant Eagle (Dirty Bird) is located where you can just see the top of the roof behind the station.

Merchant Hotel

Nice inside shot of the old Merchant Hotel in Downtown Johnstown

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Chestnut Street School

VJ Repeat - Most of you reading this probably have no idea that there were actually two Chestnut Street Schools. This is the first built only 5 years after the 1889 Flood along Chestnut Street in Cambria City. Reader Tony says "This building was not torn down in 1922. I attended this "old" Chestnut Street School in 1939. It held classes for first and second graders while the "newer red brick" (located behind it)school held classes for the third through sixth graders!"

1887 Flood

A shot of a different Johnstown Flood - this time it's 1887 - just two years before the big one.

Trolley Time

Franklin Street Bridge

Monday, April 10, 2017

First Ace of WWII

A friend of mine sent in this great colorized shot of our very own Boyd (Buzz) Wagner - the First Ace of World War Two. Born and raised right here in and around the Johnstown area.

Cambria Theatre

Cambria Theatre - Downtown Johnstown


Southern Cambria Railroad - Steel Viaduct - Woodvale - August 1907

Redi Kilowatt

The home of Redi Kilowatt - The Penelec Electric Demonstration Center in Downtown Johnstown. Redi was everywhere - and I can remember going to cooking demonstrations at the building that replaced this one on Broad Street. I always went with my mother - so it must have been some kind of mother/daughter thing through the school - because there were other mother/daughters there. The teacher would cook something up - so along with a bag of Redi Kilowatt toys - we'd all get to eat. Unfortunately the lessons were lost on me - much like an omelet sliding off a Teflon pan - I am an expert at the fine art of begging for leftovers. This was the building on Vine Street.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Johnstown Bank & Trust - 1953

From the Raymond Orner Collection.
Carol Reese, Beverly Eisele and Sara Parks.
Mary Lou Shaffer, Bowser and Dale Fike.
Marjorie Cober
Lambert & Fike.
Elsie Michalides