Ah yes, good ol’ McCaskey High School, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Built in 1797, Sweetbriar Mansion is a Federal-style house that was the residence of U.S. Representative and Senator Samuel Breck. The large porch visible in this postcard view was a later addition and removed during a 1927 restoration.
The Mont-Calm Motor Court, Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any info regarding this motor court. None.
I really enjoy learning about the scenes depicted on vintage postcards, and this one prompted me to learn a good deal about the 1926 Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition. The exposition was a world’s fair held in Philadelphia, a logical venue as it coincided with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. One might assume that this event would have been a rousing success, but it seems that it was in fact fraught with difficulties. The five years of planning that preceded the opening of the fair were riddled with one budget cut after another, eventually prompting the director of the event to resign. His replacement became ill and resigned as well, and less than two weeks after the opening the third director died. Attendance fell far below predictions, and in 1927 the fair was placed into receivership with its assets sold at auction.
I remember the bicentennial year very well, but I wasn’t around for the Sesqui-Centennial. Given the hoopla in 1976, I can only imagine what a big deal this was in 1926! It seems that folk these days tend to believe we’re one big happy planet (rather than a collection of nations), so 2026 just might go by unnoticed.
Here’s a linen postcard showing Fifth Avenue in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. First settled in 1795, McKeesport was named in honor of founder John McKee.
I’ve always found it interesting how many early postcards offer views of ordinary residential streets. This one, mailed in 1911, shows Lloyd Avenue in West Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Two nearly identical postcard views of the Pittsburg skyline with the Smithfield Street Bridge in the foreground. The postmark on the daytime view is only partially legible, dating from the teens. The night view was postmarked in 1908.
This postcard shows North Queen Street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as seen from Centre Square. The square, now known as Penn Square, is home of an impressive 43-foot Soldiers and Sailors Monument that was dedicated on July 4, 1874.
Here’s a peek at the Necho Allen Hotel in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, including views of the Coal Mine Tap Room and the Dining Room. The back of the postcard proclaims this to be “Pottsville’s Nine-Story Community Owned Hotel.”