Pensupreme Soda Machine Mystery

Pensupreme Soda Machine

A reader wrote to me regarding a piece in their possession which was once used by Penn Dairy for trade shows. It is an automated soda fountain with characters which move when plugged in. It still functions and as you can see from the photos below appears to be in impeccable condition. Roughly three feet high and wide. The piece is likely from the mid-20th century judging by some of the paperwork that comes with the fountain.… Read Full Article

On this Day- Nov 22, 1976 – Reading Brewing Company building demolished

Reading Brewing Co

The Reading Brewing Company history can be found in this article.

Reading Brewing Company

Millions of gallons of golden “suds” rested in the holding tanks, in the above photo, over the years the Reading Brewing Co. was in operation. In all, 23 tanks holding 650 barrels with 32 gallons of beer per barrel were located in the building at 9th and Laurel streets, which was bought in April by Interstate Wrecking Co.Read Full Article

Josiah Dives & the Ghosts of Folly Farm

Josiah Dives was born in 1851 in Chartham, Kent, England. He started his business career after moving to London at the age of 13 following his Father’s death. When coming to America in 1872, his first residence was Hartford, CT. This is where he met George Pomeroy and John Stewart. Together they came to Reading and founded Dives, Pomeroy, and Stewart Deptartment Store, which later became known as just “Pomeroy’s”. … Read Full Article