Step back in time and share your true stories and pictures about the Good Old Days growing up in Williamsport.
Williamsport PA. Circa 1875
I can remember going to Woolworth’s for a fountain Coke many times when I was a young boy in the late 40’s.
The syrup they used was the best I ever tasted, and don’t forget the vanilla and cherry Cokes with a Burger WOW!
Remember playing your favorite songs while you were with that someone special and you didn’t even have to leave your table?
A Hot Summer Day at the Pool
Remember the Steam Locomotives of the past going through Williamsport or better yet how about your first ride on one!
Do you remember the bottle caps on frozen glass milk bottles sticking up in the air.
My cousin Carol and I - 1946
I will never forget the summers that I spent on the farm with my Aunt Hazel, Uncle Lloyd and Carol in Lewistown PA.
My Aunt Hazel made the best home made Ice-Cream in the world. I can still remember turning the hand crank on the ice cream maker and the lucky one was the one who got the ice cream beater to eat!
Here is another oldie from the past. I think everyone had a pair of these.
I can remember getting my first pair and falling on my butt! LOL
But you know it was a pair of skates like this that got me interested in skating at the skating rinks around town. We use to have a skating rink on Basin Street on the second floor when I was a young boy.
Later on we had the rink on the second floor above what is now Morrone’s Restaurant on West 4th Street in Williamsport PA.
When I was in my teens we had Jay’s Skating rink on Route 220 at Linden at what is now the township building. There was also the Falls Halls Skating Rink in Hughesville, God what fun we had there. The place was so small that when we would get a whip going and the end person came loose they would go crashing through the double doors and end up outside. LOL
And of course let us not forget the Port, Pike and the Lycoming Drive-In Theaters where a family could go to the movies for a Dollar a car load. Oops I almost forgot the Starlite Drive-in Theater in Muncy, sorry about that Muncy.
This was a common sight in the mornings when we were kids. The milk man would make his milk delivery to your door in time for breakfast.
Before the invention of electric refrigerators the Ice Man would deliver ice to each home during the week for your ice box.
Pictured is an 1880s Ice Box
Women were fined
if their bathing suites
were to short.
Not everything from the past was pleasant.
I wonder what ever happened to these children?
Notice the mother is hiding her face because she is so ashamed.
There must’ve been a law against this!
These were used in hi-rise housing so children could get so many hours of sunlight a day.
OSHA would love this one.
I wonder how many children died in one of these?
Do you remember seeing adds like this on Saturday mornings while you were watching your favorite shows on a black and white TV.
Smith Brothers Cough Drops History
The Smith Brothers Cough Drop box portrays one of the world’s most famous trademarks. The two bearded gentlemen are affectionately known to generations as Trade and Mark. Not well known, however, is the fact that the Smith Brothers really existed. Their names were William (Trade) and Andrew (Mark) and they helped found Smith Brothers in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1847.
I almost forgot this Pennsylvania favorite. They use to come to your door to get you to purchase them.
Charles chips continued home delivery into the 1970s until it became less profitable.
“Remembering the good old days”
I remember back in 1965 when a good friend of mine purchased a brand-new Chevy Corvette right off the showroom floor for $4000
Let the problems of the world disappear for a while and reminiscence in memories of the years gone by and recall your friends and relatives that you have not seen for many years.
What would we not give to go back in time to visit with family and friends that are now long gone, or to connect with friends that you have lost contact with over the years?
I thought it would be nice to start a data base, and post a persons name with a little something about them, and see if someone knows how to contact them so you can get together again.
A special Thank You to James V. Brown Library for pictures from their archive.
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