Monday Mystery: The Hot Air Balloon

Found this image in my family’s album, but no one seems to have a recollection of what, where or when this image was taken. It was likely taken in the late 60s/early 70s, and appears to be summertime by people’s apparel. It looks to be some sort of fair or carnival at a local park. … Read the rest

Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips – Shillington

Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips is a fast food seafood restaurant chain. At the peak of its popularity in the late 1970s, it had about 800 stores. As of May 2018, there are only seven remaining: three in New York and four in Ohio.

Despite the English name and branding, the chain was founded in … Read the rest

5th Street – 1971 Then & Now

Below are Aerials shots from 1971, showing what Fifth street highway/Route 61/Kutztown Road looked like just north of the city. A few of the notableĀ  structures are the Reading Fairgrounds, Bellevue Diner, and Gethsemane Cemetery. The Warren Street Bypass was also noticeably not extended past 5th street at the time of this photo. … Read the rest

Happy Hollow Swimming Pool

Happy Hollow Swimming Pool

Happy Hollow Park still sits tucked away in Wyomissing, though the pool is no longer in existence. Happy Hollow was built with funds from Janssen and Thun, prominent owners of the Berkshire Knitting Mill back in the early 1900s. They built up most of Wyomissing, as a place that was family-friendly for their workers who … Read the rest

West Lawn Elementary & 1932 Aerial

Take a look at how West Lawn looked in 1932:

The West Lawn Elementary school looks like it was fairly new at the date of this photo, but I could not find an exact date of build. It sat at Riegel Ave and Nobel Street, a block in from Penn Ave. It functioned as … Read the rest