I got an email asking for help to solve the mystery of where the below photo was taken. The photo is of the back of the Reading Hospital around the time it was built in the mid-late 20s.
I checked out a few aerial photos I have of the area from 1927 and 1940. Due to the angle of the shot being straight on, I concluded it have to be on the museum grounds, and had to have been taken in the general area circled below.
When I looked a little harder at the photo the below things popped out at me. I believe a stone wall, Wyomissing Creek and Parkside Drive North (which was just a dirt road then) are visible in the photo. The stone wall is still at the museum, it runs along the Museum side.
However, the image doesn’t appear to be taken from the museum itself. Does anyone remember another structure being on the museum grounds? Maybe some sort of stone gazebo with the swan decorative railing? Any information would be appreciated.
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. Do you recognize the location or event? Doesn’t that hot air balloon seem a bit too close to the power lines for comfort?
UPDATE 8/16/18: Mystery solved! Thanks to Richard Douglass and the nice folks over at the Early Years of Sport Ballooning facebook group, we have found the location and timeframe of the photo. According to Richard:
The balloon was a small Piccard hot air balloon made in 1966 by Don Piccard, and registered N1513U. It was purchased in 1968 or so by Robert Dodds Meddock. He and his family brought it to the Kutztown, PA Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival for many years in the late 1960s and 1970s. This photo was taken by the sausage tent at the fair, visible behind the balloon. Likely 1969 or early 1970s.
This interestingly shaped building is located at 1010 N. 9th Street, right where 8th and 9th streets split on the north end of the city. At one point it apparently held outlet stores. This was likely due to the close two block-proximity to the Reading Outlet Center, which has long been abandoned, but is currently facing redevelopment. I have no information on when this outlet opened or closed, so if you know please leave the answer in the comments.
Below is a shot of the building today, which you can see “The Pennsylvania Trust Co.” is inscribed above the front. I was unable to find anything about the company, when it was built and what connection they have to this building.