Sights of North Side Penn Street in the 1940s

Penn Street – North Side – 400 Block….1940s…Reading: We look to the Northeast corner to the landmark Saylor food business stand. In the foreground is car 809 as it appeared in 1947, end-of-the-line year for city trolleys. Looking to the background is an imposing grey-stone structure built as Reading Girls’ High School. At this juncture,

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600 Block Penn Street, North Side 1941

Penn Street….600 Block, north side…..READING: – Taken Around 1941, we see parts of 653 to 665 Penn. Faintly and partly visible on the extreme left is Lowe’s Theatre. Hardly visible next door is Robette Hats at 661- Followed by Sterns at 663 and Carlson Hats and Shoes at 665. Notice the railroad gate on the … Read the rest

Berks County Christmas – Day 21 – Koziar’s Christmas Village

The Christmas Village was originally known as Spring Lake Dairy Farm. When William M. Koziar began decorating the farm for Christmas in 1948, the display was created for the enjoyment of Koziar’s wife, Grace, and their four children. It originally centered on the house and barn. Soon after, the display became more elaborate and incorporated

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Berks County Christmas – Day 15 – Snowfall

400 block of Penn Street in the 1940s after a light snow fall. We see Shaffer Furniture Co, a State Liquor Store in the former mansion that was demolished in May 1980, Acme Market, Ramos Brothers Hat Cleaning, Charles Auto Supply,  and Sunshine Inn (formerly Barbey’s).

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Berks County Christmas – Day 14 – Christmas Tree

Fourteenth Day of Christmas – yet another shot of the Christmas tree standing in the center of the circle at 5th and Penn Streets downtown. 1940s

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