Friday, February 21, 2014

Pennsylvania postcards: Lancaster sects and Rolling Green Park

A pair of old Pennsylvania postcards on a dreary Friday...

Religious sects of Lancaster County, Pa.

I cannot read the year on this card's postmark. Also present are a green, one-cent George Washington stamp and a stamp cancellation with the words GIVE and RED CROSS FUND.

The card was mailed from Lancaster to York and the message states:
"Dear sister; well I'm all moved and settled and would like you to come see me soon, I've been so busy had no time to write or do other than my work, lost no time but surely am tired. Write. With love, Lena."
Regarding the plain sects pictured on the postcard, Lancaster County has a deep and diverse background of religions. According to Wikipedia, "in 1989 Donald Kraybill counted 37 distinct religious bodies/organizations, with 289 congregations and 41,600 baptized members, among the plain sects who are descendants of the Anabaptist Mennonite immigrants to Lancaster County."

Rolling Green Park,
between Sunbury and Selinsgrove, Pa.

This postcard was postmarked at 6 p.m. on August 3, 1925.1 It was mailed with a red, two-cent George Washington stamp. The short note on the card states: "Arrived O.K. Lots of fun. Margaret, Stewart, Theda & Russ."

The card was published by Haines Stationery Store in Sunbury.

Rolling Green Park was a trolley park in Snyder County that was in operation from 1908 until 1971 or 1972. I wrote about it in-depth in this November 2011 post.

1. On that date, the Philadelphia Phillies were swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates in a doubleheader at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. The Phillies lost both games by a score of 3-2. Lew Fonseca had three hits for the Phillies in the first game, and Johnny Mokan had four hits in the second game. That second game went 11 innings, and both starting pitchers — the Phillies' Johnny Couch and the Pirates' Vic Aldridge — went the distance.

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