14 12, 2020

Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Shops, 7th & Chestnut Streets

2021-06-04T12:13:30-04:00December 14th, 2020|Planes-Trains-Automobiles|0 Comments

The Reading Foundry, at 7th & Chestnut Streets, once housed the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad heavy duty shops prior to 1904. Below: The Reading Foundry, at 7th & Chestnut Streets. The construction of the railway in 1836 immediately stimulated enterprises of various kinds, [...]

14 12, 2020

Burn’s Department Store, Laureldale, PA

2021-06-04T12:13:31-04:00December 14th, 2020|Department Stores|0 Comments

On Decembers, 1928, Catherine Burns opened The Rosedale Variety Shop at 1505 Elizabeth Avenue. The business was quite successful, in no small measure due to Catherine's outgoing nature and well-chosen stock. In 1950, the old store was razed and replaced by one three [...]

14 12, 2020

Early Development of Southwest Reading, PA

2021-06-04T12:13:34-04:00December 14th, 2020|Towns-Wards|0 Comments

After Reading was sketched out by Thomas Penn in 1748, most of the development centered around Market Square (present day Penn Street)  and west in almost a straight line to the Schuylkill River. For the next 100 years, development stayed mostly in that [...]

8 12, 2020

Roadside America closing and auctioning off pieces and buildings of its miniature village

2021-06-04T12:13:35-04:00December 8th, 2020|Landmarks, News|0 Comments

Roadside America, known as the “world’s greatest indoor miniature village,” announced November 21, 2020 that it is permanently closing after 85 years in business. Roadside America Corporate was unable to disclose the buyer or the buyer’s plans for the property but said that [...]

6 12, 2020

New Life for the Madison Building

2021-06-04T12:13:38-04:00December 6th, 2020|Landmarks, News|0 Comments

The Madison Building at 400 Washington Street was recently sold for $2,500,000. Developer David Hasenfeld, owner of Madison 2020 LLC, New Castle, Delaware, has an adaptive reuse plan to create 85 high-end apartment units with both one and two-bedroom floor plans. The Madison [...]

6 12, 2020

Skyline Drive on Mount Penn constructed by laborers of the Works Progress Administration

2021-06-04T12:13:41-04:00December 6th, 2020|Landmarks|0 Comments

Skyline Drive on Mount Penn was constructed by laborers of the Works Progress Administration, a federal program established in 1935 to help decrease unemployment. Under this program, those on relief were assigned to works that would be of direct benefit to the public. [...]

4 12, 2020

Santa Banned from Annual Christmas Parade at Reading

2021-06-04T12:13:45-04:00December 4th, 2020|Christmas, Culture, Holiday|0 Comments

In 1950, Santa Claus was banned from the Reading Christmas parade. Not that the city didn't believe in Santa. But the parade sponsors, the young men of the Reading, Pennsylvania, Junior Chamber of Commerce, also known as the Jaycees, wanted the observance to [...]

3 12, 2020

Mistletoe – Christmas Customs and Traditions

2021-06-04T12:13:46-04:00December 3rd, 2020|Christmas, Culture, Holiday|0 Comments

The mistletoe Americans are familiar with -- phoradendron serotinum -- grows primarily in the Southeast and as far west as Texas and Oklahoma. In swamps, it can be plucked off low-hanging branches by hand. It can sometimes be taken by ladder or by [...]

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