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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Take Me to Dreamland...

VJ Repeat and one of my top ten favorites of all time - Dreamland Theatre in Cresson! That is because of my love of silent film. CLICK HERE to read more about the Eassanay - Bronco Billy film from 1913. Also, note Lubin on the posters - the Lubin Film Company was out of Philadelphia. The East Coast was at one time the film capitol - around Philly, New York and especially Fort Lee, New Jersey. 
By the middle of 1914 - Lubin was out of business when all their film stock went up in flames including their newest releases. Up until basically the 1950's - most film stock was made out of nitrate - very flammable and still is to this day even as it decays into powder form with a strong odor of vinegar to boot. Nitrate caused many a deadly fire at theaters all across the U.S. and Europe. 
Contrary to popular belief - Edison was not the inventor of the motion picture. The French and British were on the cutting edge and well ahead of the United States - nor was Edison the only U.S. inventor working on a process. The wonderful French director Alice Guy Blache (one of my favorites) out of Gaumont even made the first talkies in the 1890's. What Edison did was undermine and lock up all the copyrights - which was the main reason U.S. filmmakers set up shop in California. They figured it would be harder for the lawyers to track them down on the West Coast. 
The closest I can come to having any connection to the early film industry is through E.K. Lincoln whose real name was Edward Klink and he was born in Johnstown. They had a general store and his father was Police Chief - CLICK HERE to learn a bit more and CLICK HERE for more from My grandfather would have known him well because though not directly related - we were related to the same group of people and E.K. was very well-known all about town. He is one of those people if I had the time and money - I'd love to write a book about.
My dream job would be to be a film restorer - working back through the past - frame by frame...


The old Foster Department Store - then the Hub Store - then Glessner's before it was torn down for the Senior Center which now occupies the spot.

Trolley Time

Ferndale Avenue

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Laying the Track

Work crew from Johnstown Passenger Railway laying track in a section of Johnstown.

High Above

Gautier on the right hand side - looking towards the Conemaugh Gap.

HB Bread

Harris-Boyer Bakery - Fairfield Avenue

Friday, August 18, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Looking Down the Street

Franklin Street looking down towards the old Kernville Bridge. Street cleaner is on the left hand side - spraying water - note the calling cards left on the road from all the horses. Central Park is on the right hand.


Looking down at the intersection of Main and Franklin.

Ebensburg - 1894

Ebensburg - Main Street - 1894

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Opera House - 1894

The old Johnstown Opera House - 1894. The entrance to the opera house (later Glossers was built on the site) was on the Locust Street side, although there was also a smaller entrance on Franklin Street. Besides small stores along the Franklin Street side - at one time the Post Office was also located in the building for a time. 

Trolley Time

Closing Out Sale

Rothstein Jewelry and Economy Market - Main Street - Downtown Johnstown

Monday, August 14, 2017

JHS 1922-23

The Johnstown High basketball team shown above was the one that kicked off a long string of great sports teams during the 1920's. 
Left to right - front row: L. Davis, Perry Katzenstein, John Johnson, Joseph O'Connor, Walt "Eggie" Shaffer, N. Kline.
Second Row: Albert Siehl, Vincent Kinney, Benny Kline, Robert Burkhard, Peter Dailey, Paul Beeler (coach).



Trolley Time

Main Street

Friday, August 11, 2017

Island Park - 1906

Island Park was located near Benscreek in the area near the present St. Andrew's Church. It featured quite a large picnic ground. The area was served by street car from the city. The Windber-Johnstown line also went near the place. Besides being an overnight stay for people coming to Johnstown via the Somerset Pike or the Davidsville Road, the hotel was well known for its famous Sunday dinners. During the winter season people would drive by sleigh from the city to the hotel for an evening meal. In the summer, a large swimming pool made the park a popular spot for young and old alike hoping to escape the heat. 

Trolley Time

Central Avenue

A Day in the Life of.....

The old cobblestone streets - Franklin and Main on a very sunny afternoon in 1894 looking towards the old Kernville Bridge. The sign on the small building (now where Ameriserv Bank is) on the right reads: Stevenson Jewelry and Johnstown Freie Press (German newspaper) on the second floor. The stone building next to it used to be a bank. There were two churches along Franklin Street between Main and Vine at that time. The city showed remarkable recovery when you consider this photo was taken only five years after the 1889 Flood. 
The big wagon at the right center is a street cleaning - sprinkler wagon. The building on the far left was where Revco was (later Riteaid before it moved). Dr. Porch had his dentist office in the building on one of the top floors. 
Also, a nice look at a passing Johnstown Passenger Railway car making its way thru town. Not pulled by horses by traveling along its new electric lines with power produced at one of their own plants that was put in after the flood to replace horse-drawn trolleys.
One thing I noticed is the curbing along the outside of Central Park. I think that it's the same curbing that is there now - though I am not 100% sure about that. But still - it looks the same to me. 
And you can't forget about the dog...makes you wonder if it belonged to the photographer or was just roaming around the streets of Johnstown looking for trouble or a quick meal.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Walnut Street

Walnut Street - Downtown Johnstown


VJ Repeat - Washington Street

Assorted Adverts

Ramp & Horan, Nimrod McElcarr, Mrs. Elizabeth Patton, South Fork Courier, Roth's, The Hotel Vendrome, W.M. Fraser, Industrial Vindicator - Gallitzin.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Central Park - 1894

The above view of Central Park was taken in 1894 and shows the buildings then located along Park Place with the GAR Hall at the far right. The large house on the left hand side (with porches on the first and second floor) was later torn down to make room for the Pythian Temple or as it is now known, the Park Building. The house was the residence of Dr. Webster Lowman who was a captain in the Civil War. His father, John Lowman was also a doctor. Webster's son. John, was also a well known doctor who practiced in Johnstown until the late 1920's. Dr, Webster Lowman's office was the small building to the right of the house.
The building on the extreme left was the Jordan Building (with the first YMCA located on the second floor). It was located at the corner of Main and Park Place. The spot was later occupied by the W.T. Grant Store. The large house next to the GAR Hall was the residence of John Fulton, the General Manager of Cambria Iron.

Pretty as a Picture

Franklin Street

War Time

War Time - Johnstown City Hall during World War II.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Suppes Ice

Suppes Ice House - downtown Johnstown.

Tree City

The one thing that sticks out of this shot of Downtown Johnstown - all the trees.

Trolley Time

Main Street
Tried to see what movie is playing. All I can make out is Lawrence (Olivier) and Toney Curtis which would make it 'Spartacus' and also make it 1960.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Clinton Street

Clinton Street with the of Main looking toward Washington Street.
The building on the left was the old Wertz Drug Store - one of the few buildings to survive the flood - only to have a date with the wrecking in the 1970's.
On the right - the home of Henderson's furniture store and funeral parlor. Later the Title Trust bank was built there and the Fisher Building next to it on Main Street. Along the side of Clinton - the building next to Henderson's was occupied by the Geis store. Where a small building (just beyond the awning) was located, the Gately-Fitzgerald furniture store was built.
And further down the street - St. John's Church was under construction about the time this photo was taken. 

Trolley Time

Intersection of Main and Franklin

Brownstown Hill

A nice rare look at Brownstown Hill - 1889 Flood.