John Updike’s Childhood Home

On Saturday September 10th I had the pleasure of visiting John Updike’s childhood home at 117 Philadelphia Avenue in Shillington. John lived here from his birth in 1932 until he was 13 years old. It is widely known that Shillington and the city of Reading were the inspirational foundation behind many of his stories and novels.

His most famous 4-part “Rabbit” novel series was set around a character living in Reading; though the locations were renamed in the book.… Read Full Article

Sinking Spring Area Historical Society Open House

The Sinking Spring Area Historical Society will hold an Open House in Heritage Park in Sinking Spring to celebrate the Society’s 45th anniversary on Sunday, September 25 from 1PM to 4PM.  The Society was formed in 1977 from the local Bicentennial Committee.  The museum and buildings in Heritage Park, home of the Society, will be open to the public.  There will be music by Phyllis Sands in the Freight House from 1:30PM to 3:30PM. … Read Full Article

Linette Candy Tin – Mystery Monday

Linette Candy Tin

Happy Labor Day! A viewer found my blog and wrote me asking if I wanted this Linette Candy tin and was nice enough to mail it to me. I am unsure of its purpose or exact time of origin. A google search yields that there are plenty of these out circulating, but with quite a few different designs. This one has the numbers 6404/2 on the back, which I assume is an identification number of some sort.… Read Full Article

The Deadly Berkshire Knitting Mills Strike – Part 5 – The Conclusion

What a better time to wrap this up than Labor Day weekend? If you haven’t, read the first four parts for context.


As the weeks following the general hosiery strike played out, Berks County’s other 21 knitting mills folded one after another into signing agreements with the American Federation of Hosiery Workers.

Rosedale plant was a particular source of contention – the sit-down strikers occupied the building for over two weeks while management tried to get them out.… Read Full Article

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