On this day March 11th 1962

Above the fold in the March 11th, 1962, Reading Eagle.

Berkshire Knitting Mills Building 202 – better known perhaps as the “clock building” – has been sold to Schoener Candies, Inc., 216 Buttonwood St., it was announced yesterday by BKM. The building faces Reading Avenue in West Reading and will be occupied by the Schoener firm in mid-summer, with more than 200 persons being employed there, it was disclosed. BKM said that since seamless hosiery knitting machinery requires less space than full-fashioned machinery, the building has not been needed by Berkshire for several years. It had been leased previously by Hershey Chocolate Corp – Eagle Photo

Mrs. Albert J. Lauter Jr. of Five Points, Reading, Den Mother to Den No. 5 of Mount Penn Pack No. 158, reviews a scouting achievement book with two of her Cubs, Daniel J. Essig, left, and Daniel F. Metzler. She is one of 630 housewives who serve as Den Mothers to 3,642 Cub Scouts in the city and county.

Al Paris gained national fame when footage of him directing traffic at 4th and Penn aired on Candid Camera on March 11th, 1962.

Sturgis Pretzel Co – Portland Ave – Then and Now

Pictured in 1975

Victor Brand Sturgis Pretzel Company – There were Sturgis Pretzel Bakeries located in Lititz, Wyomissing and West Wyomissing (the above pictured location) opened under the Sturgis Pretzel Co. name, but these were opened and ran by sons and grandsons of the original Tom Sturgis. Source

Be a Berks Billionaire – The 1984 Berks County Monopoly Board Game

Be a Berks Billionaire is a fairly rare board game developed by a citizen of Berk’s County; Joan C. Zintak of Wyomissing. The game was developed and sold in 1984. It was originally intended to have a print run of 5000 games but I don’t know if they ever reached that goal or not as there was apparently some “drama” with the game at the time of completion. Competition issues of some sort? Source

The game features Berks businesses in the place of the standard Monopoly properties. If you have any information about this game or what the story is get in touch. contact@berksnostalgia.com

A 100 Year Review of Berks – Happy New Year 2020!

Happy New Year Berks County! Not only is it a new year but also the beginning of a new decade. As we leave behind the 2010s, let’s look back on the beginning of the last 10 decades, and some of the events that we experienced together as a community during them. The past is important and sometimes comforting, but it is also important to look forward. There is so much more nostalgia yet to be made!

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On this day Nov 18th, 1959

Future site of Western Electric purchased in Muhlenberg Township

Nov 18th, 1959 Reading Eagle

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Costa Rican Group Visits Textile

Harry Swartz, atop stairway, apprentice supervisor for the Textile Machine Works, points out the working of a machine to a Costa Rican apprenticeship team that visited the local plant today. Left to right, are: Manuel Maria Granados, labor inspector II, Ministry of Labor; Roberto Fernandez, manager of the Rupublic Tobacco Co. in Curridabat, office, Ministry of Labor; Antonio Gonzalez, cheif vocation education secretary, Ministry of Education; Shwartz; Adolfo Bagnarello, chief mechanic I, Ministry of Public Works; Alfredo Rodriguez, director general, Ministry of Labor, and John Moyer, an employee of Textile. (Eagle Staff Photo)

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