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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Baking bread

Harris-Boyer Bakery - Fairfield Avenue


Here's a rare view of Kernville before Sanitary Dairy was built on the left hand side of the picture.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Central Park

Old picture postcard - Central Park

At the Circus

Both of these pictures were taken sometime in the late 1920's in Johnstown by photographer Luke Swank  - a Johnstown native. Many different circus companies came to town. Which means I have no idea where exactly these were taken in the city.
But I do know that they were taken here. And who knows - it could even have been in Morrellville (D Street) or even Cambria City (where Sheetz in now). The young boys from Morrellville used to catch rattlesnakes and sell them to the circus to earn some extra spending cash.

Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Central Park

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.

Cambria Iron

The old Cambria Iron Company was chartered in 1852 to operate four old-fashioned charcoal burners in and about Johnstown, which was then a village of 1,300.
The original plant was built in 1853. 
The above building is the old Cambria General Office Building - one of the few buildings to survive the 1889 Flood.



Friday, June 26, 2020

Trolley Time

Main Street

JHS Basketball

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).

Moxham 1890's

Moxham - 1890's

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Just passing by

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.

Machine Shop Team - 1925

Machine Shop team of the Cambria League of Bethlehem Steel.
First Row - left to right: Charles Wisor, Frank Patch, James Boyle, Vince McConaughy and Lewis Beltz.
Second Row: Richard Clark, unknown, Charles Buser, Edward Boyle, Walley Seight, Chick Mullen and Steve Fezkas.

Walnut Street

Walnut Street - Downtown Johnstown

Monday, June 22, 2020

Central Park

VJ Repeat - Central Park - 1970's

Say it with Flowers

Schrader's Delivery Truck

Main Drag

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. 

Friday, June 19, 2020

High Above

Downtown Johnstown looking towards Joe Johns. Franklin Street Bridge is on the left hand side.

'89 Flood

A nice rare look at Brownstown Hill - 1889 Flood. 

Used Car Sale

Leitenberger's Machine Company on Horner Street has a couple of nice Reo Speed Wagons for sale.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Johnson Steel

Johnson Steel (later U.S. Steel) - Central Avenue - Moxham. Note the wooded sidewalks so your feet wouldn't get muddy.

High Above

VJ Repeat showing the section of Cambria City that was where McConaughy Street used to be.

Johnstown Passenger Railroad - 1900's

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020

Trade Show

Cambria Iron - Trade Show - 1891

Jean Sale

L.A. Surplus Ad - Market Street - downtown Johnstown

Eisenhower Blvd

I'll wager few people can identify this scene. It was taken about 100 years ago in a certain section of Richland Township. 
The road in the center is now known as Eisenhower Boulevard. Route 56 now runs across the bottom of the old photo. On the right is where Grants (now Ollie's and Main Moon) are now located. On the left is where Giant Eagle (Gee Bee) and Get Go (Gee Bee Auto Center) are now.
Back of the trees at the top right is where UPJ now stands.

Friday, June 12, 2020


The Adaire Opera House, Franklin Billiard Hall and John Lenton Hardware. Pre-1889 Flood - Downtown Johnstown.

Trolley Time

Main Street

St. Stephen - Cambria City

St. Stephen's Church in Cambria City.