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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Trolley Time

Trolley Time

Bringing Yankee Stadium to Johnstown - 1949

Baseball fans watching the 1949 World Series. Upper picture on Park Place and lower at the old Geis Store on Clinton Street. 
The Yankees went on to beat the old Brooklyn Dodgers in five games. History was made in the ninth inning of Game 5, when the Ebbets Field lights were turned on, making it the first World Series game finished under artificial lights. The first scheduled Series night game would not be held until 1971.

And as all us old-time Pirates fans know - that was the series with the Orioles. Game 4 was played at Three Rivers Stadium and it was the first-ever World Series game to be played at night. 

In my baseball obsessed youth - I watched the entire series. I was a Bucs fan from the get go - growing up - listening to Bob Prince on the radio. I can remember going to sleep with my transistor radio under my pillow. I still have all my Pirates autographs from Clemente to Stargell. After the games - you could go over by the dugout and whatever players were there - they'd sign everything from baseballs to pictures. 

Inside the State

Inside the old State Theater - Downtown Johnstown

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Church Ladies

The church ladies of St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Virginia Avenue - taken around 1920 or so. My great-grandmother Rose (Baum) Lenz is in the middle row - second from the left. The Lenz family was one of the founding members of the church in 1905. Wish I knew who the other ladies were - I'd guess most were from Morrellville. Don't know who the lone man is - guess he just wanted to be a church lady too!

FDR at Roxbury

Dedicate New Video Room at Canteen

Teen Canteen - Park Theater Building. Seated left to right - Anita Slomanson, Dan Boyd and Mary Lee Weir. Standing beside Mr. Lorditch is Don Moehler.

Friday, January 27, 2017


More State

More on the inside tour of the old State Theater on Main Street.

At the Point

Point Stadium with the old bleachers. What's really pretty neat about this picture is that you can see some of the buildings belonging to Rolling Mill Mines.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Somerset Street

Somerset Street

Sunshine Shop

All I know about this picture is that it was taken somewhere around the Johnstown area.

More Richland Mall

Working on the Richland Mall - gone but not forgotten.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Across the River

Looking across the river as work continues on the War Memorial - 1950


How does it feel to lay hidden in a submarine on the bottom of the ocean fo 42 hours with the Japs dropping depth charges all around you? Seated above in the center is George Rager, yeoman second class in the Navy, who can and does tell all about it to four WAVE recruiting specialists who are conducting an enrollment drive here now. Yeoman Rager is a son of Mrs. Rose Rager, formerly of Johnstown. Members of the women's branch of the Navy shown, from left to right, are Pharmacist's Mate Virginia Hansen, Specialist Mary Bean, Specialist Dorothea Travis and Yeoman Ember Heyne.

Richland Mall

Crews working on the Richland Mall - 1970s. That's the old auto center off in the distance.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Main Street

Another repeat I haven't posted for a while - looking down at Main Street - 1936

Script Session

Cambria County Junior Red Coss members left to right: Sallie Watson Anderson, Shirley Driscoll, Joe Verrone and Audrey Hagadus. Standing, left to right: Bill Ewald, Winnie Pattison, Boyd Litzinger and Nelson Weismiller.

City of Lights

I've posted this before - but I never get tired of looking at this.

Friday, January 20, 2017

State Theater

State Theater - Downtown Johnstown


Three Catholic High School football fans couldn't believe it was happening to them when The Democrat's photographer singled them out to pose with John Conte just after he arrived in Johnstown last night. Their rapture at actually meeting the singing star was so great they forgot, until after he left them, to ask for his autograph. The girls are left to right, Louise Kirchner, 153 Coal St. Loretta Parker, 140 Gilbert St. and Bernadette Gallagher, 342 Kennedy St. 

Odds and Ends - 1853

Death of William Elricks - walking on tracks - got whacked by train along with other assorted bits from 1853

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Trolley Time

The intersection of Frankin Street and Valley Pike.

Oakhurst Girl Honored at Teentimer Broadcast

John Conte, noted singer and master of ceremonies for the "Teen Timer Club" radio program, is shown being welcomed by David Glosser and his daughter Doris and her toy horse. 
Also mentioned is 19 year old - Miss Dorothy Margetta of 409 Decker Avenue - who was selected as the wishing well winner in a national search.

High Above

What's interesting about this shot is that Joe Johns is gone.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Test Pattern

Before it was on 6 - it started on channel 13.

Ludwig House - 1970's

The old Ludwig House where Clara barton set up shop in 1889. Later home to the Pauline Gordon Funeral Home. This was taken in the 1970's.

1977 Flood

Early morning - July 20, 1977

Monday, January 16, 2017

USS Family Day - 1970

Something I'm sure we must have gone to - since my father was a pattern maker.