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Friday, October 19, 2018

Glossers - 1920's

Glossers - 1920's.

Johnstown - 1978

Johnstown - 1978

Photo Engraving Done Here - 1953

Photo engraving - the process of reproducing pictures for printing - is another side in Johnstown's busy industrial field. The Conemaugh Engraving Company here operates one of the largest and most modern plants in the state. The above picture shows one of the first steps in the photo engraving process. The photo to be reproduced as a metal cut is recopied by this big camera to give it a screen (raised dots) for printing purposes. Adjusting the lens of the photo processing camera is Joseph Oravec, an employe of Ceco. This camera can make the reproduction three times as large as the original photo or reduce it to one-sixth of its size.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Inco Beverage

Another look at Inco Beverage.

Main and Walnut

You are looking at Walnut Street and most of the old Capital Hotel where the three cars are parked in a row - with Main Street on the right hand side.

Turnverein - First Turner's Hall

Turner's was started by some German immigrants who wanted a club of their own - that basically combined drinking and gymnastics and also in the early days....bowling.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

October 17, 1927 - The Johnstown Democrat

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Schwartz Bros, George Varner, Warren Walsh, Elizabeth Toth, Andrew Rish, Mrs. Elizabeth Delozier, Elijah McClintock, Martin Geng, Charles Reilly, Harry Boyer, Mishler - Reesey, Beckett - Jacka.
 Glosser Bros, Maple Avenue Viaduct, Mercy Hospital Jelly Donation, Dr. E.A. Tappert, John Schellhammer, Penn Traffic, Miss Madeline Hughes, Wilkinson - Eichler, St. Anthony Church Card Party, Officer Charles Riley, J. Graff, William McGonegal, James Harrington, John Babik, Moses Davis.
 Nathan's - The Bog Store, Mrs. Sarah Statler, Parisian Beauty Shoppe.
 The Geis Store
 Mr. & Mrs. F.W. Larison - daughter Elizabeth Lilly, Mrs. S.F. Baker

John Skelek, Joseph Haky, John Glasson, J.R. Swanson, Anthony Stephenson, Eric Lepinsky, Visitation Church - McKinley Avenue Dedicated, Austrian Hall - Hudson Street, Touraine Cafe.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Leitenberger Offenhauser Special - 1953

This sleek racing creation, the locally-owned Leitenberger Offenhauser Special, is a candidate for the annual 500-mile race at Indianapolis Memorial Day. It will be the third straight year that a car has been entered by the Leitenberger Machine Company of Hornerstown. George Fonder, who piloted the local car last year, sits behind the wheel of the rebuilt machine. He again has been named as driver. Standing behind the speed wagon are (left to right) Harry Kinsey of Johnstown and Charles Alfater of Cleveland, mechanics in charge if the car, and George and Francis Leitenberger, car owners, who had a big hand in the rebuilding job.

Trolley Time

Trolley Time

Trolley Time

Trolley Time - this time it's the Morrellville Streetcar on the lower end of Chandler Avenue.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Somerset Street

 Vintage Postcard - Somerset Street.

Capital Hotel

The Cambria Club House was erected at the intersection of Main and Walnut Streets by the old Cambria Iron Company for the use by its high ranking officials. It was the scene of many fine events: banquets, dances and meetings. The clubhouse was in existence as far back as 1881. The outgrowth of this building is what was known as the Capital Hotel.

 Col. Jacob Higgins of the 22nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry came to Johnstown in 1881 to take charge of the Cambria Club House as its manager for the Cambria Iron Company. 
Col. Higgins had an outstanding Civil War record and had also served in the Mexican War. A native of Blair County, he was in the hotel business in Hollidaysburg and Henrietta before coming to Johnstown.

In 1891, Jacob Higgins bought the clubhouse and continued as the manager. He later sold the Cambria Club House to P.L. Carpenter who took charge December 2, 1892 and renamed it the Capital Hotel.

During the first year, the hotel averaged only one guest per day. By 1900, the average was 100 guests daily. The hotel was developed into 100 rooms during Carpenter's ownership. Added were 12 private rooms and baths for female employees.

During one of his visits to Johnstown, Gov. Hastings was forced to sleep in the hotel parlor because of the crowded conditions. Billy Sunday, the noted evangelist was another well-known guest at the hotel. 


Overlooking Conemaugh

Thursday, October 11, 2018

October 11, 1927 - The Johnstown Democrat

 The Johnstown Tribune - October 11,1927
 "Beau Geste" - Cambria Theatre, Schwartz Bros, Century Stove
William Hearn, John Fleck, Charles Patterson, Wedding Apps: Hodos - Cervah, Weaver - Wissinger, Stavoc - Chulick, Pipta - Neshalla, Billetdeaux - McGuire,
Frank Bendik

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Breakfast Club - 1953

Join Glosser's Breakfast Club - 1953

First Downtown Library - 1870's

First downtown library - pre-1889 Flood - this image is from the 1870's.

Trolley Time

The street car making it's way along Broad Street near the present day Giant Eagle in Morrellville.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Codified Ordinance - Burials - 1855

Johnstown Borough - Codified Ordinance - 1855: To prohibit within the borough the burial or interment of deceased persons, or within such partial limits within the same as they may from time to time prescribe, and to regulate the depth of graves.


Rambler - $800 to $3,000 (in today's money $20,000 to $75,000) - Johnstown Automobile Company - Bedford Street - Also agents for Pope-Waverly Electric Cars.
Note: I have brought this up before - they could have electric cars in 1908 and still in 2018 it's a big deal - why - you would think that in a little over 100 years they'd have done a bit of a better job than they are doing... 

Gerheim's Subway Shop - 1953

Gerheim's Subway Shop - 233 Franklin Street - Entrance Through Walk-Over Boot Shop