Saturday, November 3, 2012

Six more neat things inside the 1964 Sunday News TV Week

The issue of the Sunday News TV Week from October 1964, which was featured in this week's Halloween post, is so cool that I want to keep mining it.

Here's a six-pack of additional photos and advertisements featured inside...

The Sunday News has EVERYTHING

Ahh, the good old days of Sunday newspapers that were stuffed to the gills!

It's interesting, however, to note how this advertisement for the Sunday News — which was distributed in Lancaster, Lebanon and York — prioritized for marketing purposes some of the content that was available for readers.

It's the Steve Canyon comic strip that gets top billing in this advertisement.1

Also touted are the newspaper's sports scores ("with lots of colleges"), the want-ads, and — at the bottom of the list — news. Hmmm.

Model 44 Electrostatic Copier

Here's an example of how far technology has come. In 1964, this "new one-step SCM Model 44 Electrostatic Copier" was considered cutting edge.

You could get dry copies in seconds for pennies! And fast multiple copies at the Flick of a Switch!

As for G.E. Richards Inc. of Lancaster, a January 2008 article from provides the following historical narrative:

  • It was established in 1945.
  • At its peak, G.E. Richards had 44 employees and nearly $10 million in annual sales, about $6 million of which came from a state contract.
  • In 1979, the company moved into a historic building at 506 West Walnut Street in Lancaster — originally a schoolhouse that had been built in 1890 — to expand its operations.
  • In 2004, G.E. Richards lost its lucrative state contract.
  • The company was sold in 2007 and, in 2008, its office was closed and its historic building was auctioned off.

Political ad for Nathaniel N. Craley, Jr.

Here's a "Craley for Congress" advertisement for Nathaniel Neiman Craley, Jr. (1927-2006).

Days after the publication of this ad, Craley's bid for Congress was successful. The Democrat served one term — from January 3, 1965, to January 3, 1967 — representing Pennsylvania's 19th district in the House of Representatives. He was both preceded and followed by George Atlee Goodling.

Here is an excerpt from Craley's Wikipedia biography:
"Nathaniel Craley was born in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, in 1946 and from Gettysburg College in 1950. He was engaged in furniture manufacturing from 1950 to 1965. He was treasurer of the York County Planning Commission from 1959 to 1965. ... He became chairman of the York County Democratic committee from 1962 to 1964. He was an instructor in economics and history at York Junior College from 1958 to 1959.

He was elected in 1964 as a Democrat to the 89th United States Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1966. After his term in office, he served in a number of positions in the Pacific Island territories of the United States. ... He died in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, aged 78, of undisclosed causes."

Dutch Gold Apiaries in Lancaster

The copy on this small advertisement (actual size is about 1½ inches by 2 inches) states: "Give Your Honey a Honey of a Gift! It's available in honey beers, tumbler sets and in jars. It's a gift that's different!" The location listed is 911 State Street in Lancaster.

Dutch Gold has been a family-owned success story and is still around, in a big way. The company is now based at 2220 Dutch Gold Drive in Lancaster County.

According to its website:
  • "What began as a beekeeping hobby for Ralph and Luella Gamber has grown to become the largest family-owned honey company in the United States."
  • "Since its inception in 1946, Dutch Gold Honey has been focused on fulfilling the motto of its founder, Ralph Gamber, 'We only pack the best'."
  • "The idea for the very first squeezable honey bear was 'born' in 1957 at the dinner table of Ralph and Luella Gamber. ... The original plastic bears were not exactly akin to the current models. Plastic molding technology was in its earlier stages and it was not uncommon for the bears to leak from the seams at their ears, or out of their noses. ... Dutch Gold celebrated the honey bear's 50th birthday in 2007."

"Wise mothers tell ... daughters about Ecco"

The only thing I'll say about this advertisement for Ecco Medicated Powder is that I have some deep concerns about a company that sold both medicated powder and tomato juice.

Back when Wink was just Win

This is the only picture you will see on the Internet today of Wink Martindale holding two large black rabbits. I feel confident in saying that.

But, technically, it's not even "Wink" Martindale.

When he hosted the short-lived "What's This Song?" from October 26, 1964, through September 24, 1965, Winston Conrad Martindale went by Win Martindale, not Wink.

According to Wikipedia, the game show went something like this: "Two celebrity/contestant teams competed. A song was played, and if the team in control guessed its title correctly, they got 20 points and a chance to earn 20 more by singing the first two lines of the song they had identified. After the team sang the first two lines, their opponents could challenge if they believed the lines sung were incorrectly. ... The first team to reach 100 points won the game."

To my generation, of course, Wink Martindale is best remembered as the host of Tic-Tac-Dough — the game show with the pixelated dragon — from 1978 to 1985.

Wink turns 78 next month. He reminisces about his career on his website, Wink's World.

1. Here's a fun Steve Canyon tangent: For our Halloween Family Movie, Joan, Ashar and I watched 1959's "House on Haunted Hill." (Ashar is a huge Vincent Price fan.) One of the stars of the movie is Carol Ohmart, who plays Price's wife.

Ohmart's biggest claims to fame were winning Miss Utah, getting hyped by Paramount as the next Marilyn Monroe, starring in "House on Haunted Hill," ... and serving as cartoonist Milton Caniff's model for Copper Calhoun in Steve Canyon. Here's are two links to very cool photographs of Ohmart working with Caniff: Photo #1 and Photo #2.

Ohmart is also, I believe, the only cast member of "House on Haunted Hill" who is still alive. She is 85.

1 comment:

  1. Nathaniel N. Craley, Jr. served as the only Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania's 19th District from 1960 through 2012. Source:

    The same article asked whether a Democrat might finally represent the 19th District as of the start of the Congressional term on January 3, 2013.

    We now know the answer -- no and no:

    1. No, because the 19th District was reapportioned out of existence after the 2010 census. (Pennsylvania now has only 18 Congressional districts.)

    2. No, because York County is now part of the 4th Congressional District -- represented by Scott Perry, Republican.