Wyomissing Borough Streets – 1890, 1935 and Today

Wyomissing Borough is a community that is rich with history and ties to industry in the late 1800s and turn of the 20th century. It was a community built by the founders and businessmen who ran the knitting mills; Henry Janssen and Ferdinand Thun. It became an opportunity to house their workers so they could live close by and develop a community around their businesses. I wont dive too deep into Wyomissing Borough’s origins in this post as that information is readily available. Below are photographs of a few areas around the community as they looked in 1890 before development, after the community was booming in 1935 and as it looks today.

Wyomissing Blvd and Penn Avenue Intersection Looking South

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Wyomissing Boulevard at Penn Avenue, 1890
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Wyomissing Boulevard at Penn Avenue, 1935
Wyomissing Boulevard at Penn Avenue 2015 – Google Street View

The view of Wyomissing Boulevard from Penn Avenue today looks similar to the sight in 1935, though it appears a row of trees in the center of the road were removed to widen the north-bound lane at some point. There is not much in common today with the 1890 view, as Wyomissing had not yet been developed past the first few houses on the Boulevard and adjoining Avenues. One interesting sight is the shack-looking Post Office sitting in the middle of the “intersection”, which was a dirt road at the time of the photo in 1890. Another interesting tidbit looking at the oldest photos in this group is the distinct lack of trees. I have noticed this to be the case in most older photos of around the turn of the 20th century. I do not know if they deforested the areas or there were just naturally not trees growing there. Wyomissing is now known for its large beautiful trees all over the community.

Wyomissing Boulevard at Cleveland Avenue looking North

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Cleveland Ave and Wyomissing Blvd in 1890
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Cleveland Ave and Wyomissing Blvd in 1935
Cleveland Ave and Wyomissing Blvd in 2019 – Google Street view

The three homes in the 1890 images are the following addresses on Wyomissing Boulevard from closest pictured to furthest – 214 Wyomissing Boulevard, 118 Wyomissing Boulevard, and 104 Wyomissing Boulevard.

Lynn and Garfield Avenues, Looking North

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Lynn Avenue and Garfield Avenue, 1890
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Lynn Avenue and Garfield Avenue, 1935
Lynn Avenue and Garfield Avenue, 1935

The stone wall is still on the property from the 1935 photo. On the top left of the 1935 photo you can also see the back of the Old Wyomissing High School/Elementary School building that sat between Cleveland and Garfield Avenues and faced Wyomissing Boulevard. It looks like the home on the northern corner in view in 1935 is no longer standing and a new one built in its place.

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8 Replies to “Wyomissing Borough Streets – 1890, 1935 and Today”

  1. I have a photo of Terrace Avenue and Fairview Streets taken from Reading Blvd. I believe it was taken in the early 1920’s. I used to live at 1029 Terrace Avenue and that house is under construction in the photo.

  2. RE: Cleveland Ave and Wyomissing Blvd. This is directly next to where the old high school was. It became the elementary school when the new high school was built.

  3. Was that what became the elementary building on Wyomissing Blvd. that was later knocked down for building lots?

    1. Hi Bunny, you can read about the old Wyo High/Elementary school here. It was razed in the 80s and houses were built on the site. Also I would love to see your pic!

      1. Hi Alexa,
        All three of my children went to school and graduated from Wyomissing. Sadly, only one of them attended the Wyomissing Blvd. school before it was razed. It was a grand old building.

  4. Yes, that’s right. The school was torn down, and houses were built. It was a fine building, but I think things like asbestos were the problem. I cannot see your comment, and my previous comment is “awaiting moderation”. I read it through my email connection. There may be a “glitch”.

  5. David I knew you would like that 1935 pic where you can see the classroom windows in the top left corner. Usually I only have to approve comments once per IP address, but for you its making me approve each. If you are using a browser or extension that masks or randomizes your IP that is probably the reason. Otherwise I have no clue!

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