Wednesday, June 5, 2013

#10 National Hotel in York, Pa. (Postcard Blogathon 2013)



Title: National Hotel, York, Pa.
Publisher: Wallick's News Stand, York, Pa. (Made in Germany.)
Used: Yes

Comments: This building has been home to York's Holy Hound Taproom since 2012. But it has a long, storied history, of course. Here's an excerpt from the Taproom's website:
"Known over the years as the White Hall Hotel, the National Hotel, and Jack’s Department Store – the National House is one of York’s most recognizable landmarks. The building was constructed in 1828 as the White Hall Hotel, and played host to guests such as former President Martin Van Buren (1839) and famed British author Charles Dickens (1842). Sometime before the Civil War, the hotel was renamed The National House as it is known today. In 1921, the lower level of the building became Jack’s – a women’s department store that is still sorely missed by many longtime Yorkers."
(Side note: For some great information on the aforementioned Jack's and many other memories of York County's stores and restaurants of the past, check out this alphabetical index on Only in York County.)

This postcard was mailed in 1909 and has two most postmarks — one at 4 p.m. on March 18 in Cochranville, Pennsylvania, and one on the morning of March 19 at Muddy Creek Forks, Pennsylvania. The card is addressed to "Mrs. S.P. Duke, M.C. Forks, York Co., Pa." The message states:
"Dear Mother
As Harry is not able for us to go, cant tell what day we can go maby Sunday and maby not at all dont look for us John would like to have his trunk overcoat and axe good by. AMD."
Other blogs about York County history

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Papergreat's Chris Otto is spending June 5, 2013, blogging as many vintage postcards as possible. It's "The Fast and Furious" (and hopefully also "The Fun") for ephemera lovers and deltiologists. Read all of the posts starting here. (And no, I haven't yet been to the Holy Hound Taproom.)

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