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Monday, April 30, 2012

West End Basement - 1977

West End Basement - 1977 Flood

Cambria Brewing

Cambria Brewing

Morrellville Gal

My mother Gail (Lenz) Cacicia standing in front of the Hanzel homestead on Stackhouse Street. Virginia Avenue is in the background. This was one of her favorite outfits - she's dressed for Easter. I can actually remember her wearing this from the hat to the gloves - for Easter Sunday Mass at St. Francis - in Latin - right before things changed over to all English - but we could never figure out exactly what year this was.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

My New Custom Helmet

My new Honda Ruckus taking in the view - up top of Laurel Mountain.
And really enjoying the custom made helmet paint job - all thanks to Big City Signs in Ferndale. I had it in my head - I wanted lime green and I think it really works.

Windber Old German Beer

Windber Old German Beer - sent in by Rob Musson

Richland Drive-In

Old Richland Drive-In - courtesy of Ed Troll

Goenner & Company

Goenner & Company - Brewers and Bottlers - Cambria City

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Nardecchia Funny Fundraiser - May 11, 2012

Nardecchia Spay & Neuter Fund - Funny Fundraiser - Friday May 11, 2012 Ace's Lounge - Cambria City. Nardecchia is a great group! I can't say enough good things about them and what they do for all the unwanted dogs and cats around the area. It was through them - that we adopted Tanner the Rescue Dog - my gentle-souled sleeping partner.

South Fork Beer

Rob Musson sent this - South Fork Beer tray in.

1977 Flood - Assorted Mill Damage

1977 Flood - Assorted Mill Damage

Inclined Plane

Inclined Plane

Friday, April 27, 2012

Christ the Savior Seminary

Old picture postcard of Christ the Savior Seminary. This how I saw it for years - from the bathroom window at my grandmothers house on Chandler Avenue.

JHS - 1914

Johnstown High School - 1914

Inclined Plane

Inclined Plan

Mahoney - Portage

James Mahoney - Wines, Liquors, Beer, Ale and Porter - Portage

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Way It Was.....1930's

There is just so much going in this picture that your eyes just end up roaming all over the place. Main Street - Downtown Johnstown - 1930's. Just looking at this - there are more stores in this tiny section - than the whole of downtown now. All I know is that this photograph somehow makes me sad - I want to have a Coke at Kredels - and see the double feature - with a bag of popcorn and candy in my hand....stop off at Woolworths to see what's on sale - before taking the streetcar back home to Morrellville.....

Trolley Time

Trolley Time

Walk Over to Wehn's

Walk Over to Wehn's - Clinton Street - Downtown Johnstown

Incline Plane

Incline Plane

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Slice of Downtown Life

A reader sent in this one of a kind shot. In this - the background shows Glosser's and the wagon shows Penn Traffic.

Ampex Series 300

Ampex Series 300 - Magnetic Tape Recorder


Swanks - Downtown Johnstown 

Glosser's Bargain Circus

Another one of the old ad's on zinc plates - this time it's Glosser's Bargain Circus.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Cacicia's from Trabia

Meet my great-grandparents: Lucia (Scardina) and Onofrio Cacicia. This was taken about 1910 or so - most likely in Trabia, Palermo, Sicily. Onofrio made the trip over three times - each time to Johnstown where we had other cousins already here staying at a boarding house on Washington Street. Until the day his daughter Anna (Cacicia) Sunseri died at age 99 in 1989 - anytime Zia would talk about him - she would pretend to spit on the floor and give the sign for malocchio. It seems that around 1914 or so - he was in Johnstown once again. He supposedly was a fisherman back in Sicily - but not having much call for that here in Johnstown - from what I gathered he spent more time with the ladies - enjoying a drink or two.
Anna and her husband Frank Sunseri had a store at the bottom of Prospect Hill. Onofrio running low on cash - took $75 out of the till - quite a large sum for 1914. He ended up running off to Brooklyn - to lay low with some relatives there and that's the last that anyone ever heard from him.
And one more thing - there is still alot of family resemblance amongst all of us in regards to these two - whether we like it or not.

Swank Hardware Co.

Swank Hardware Co.

Old A&P Ad

Old A&P Ad

Happy Birthday

My grandmother on the left - Helen (HanzeL) Lenz - would have turned 90 today. The youngster in the bunch is my cousin Marie (Toth) Edmiston - one of the funniest people I know. Next to her is her mother - Marge (Hanzel) Toth - still around at 96 and Clara (Hanzel) Pynkala - who is also still going strong. I think that is the back of my head - for some reason my hair was less curly growing up. And that is our old Plymouth Station Wagon - the best car ever! We used to fight who would sit backwards in the seat by the hatch.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Cool as you can get for 1952

No more sweltering days at the Tribune-Democrat - 1952. In this picture E.L. Gates and Anne Burial along with R.W. Keiper and Al Karcher.

Thorofare Draft Root Beer

Reader Robert Schneider sent this in from his collection - Thorofare Draft Root Beer 

Germania Brewing

Germania Brewing