Saturday, November 24, 2018

From the readers: Mark Felt checks in and much more



We'll start the new collection of dandy reader feedback with "Mark Felt," our Stealth Research Assistant and Executive Vice President in Charge of Ephemera Reunions, commenting on "Mystery bookstore in Lancaster: Greg's Book Mart":
"I checked the most recent Lancaster microfiche which the Company still makes available to me (1989, two decades after the date shown in the book).

"By that time, Greg's Book Mart had moved to 1831 Columbia Avenue. See: http://GregsBookMart.blogspot.com

"Around 1998, that location had become Sloppy Janes, which closed earlier this year, due to Jane's passing. See: http://sloppyjanes.com

"I tried calling the phone number at the Leola location — disconnected. See: https://www.yelp.com/biz/gregs-book-mart-leola

"The plot thickens."
To which I replied: Wait. Did you actually CREATE a blogspot site for Greg's Book Mart to share your findings?? Now it will become both a One Post Wonder — http://1post1der.blogspot.com/ — and a Lost Corner of the Internet. Future cybersleuths will be SO confused. I love it.

To which Mark Felt replied: "What I know, you'll have to find out on your own."

Touché.

Christmas remembrances card featuring Strasbourg Cathedral: Jenna Moore Fuller writes: "The original has a yellow satin ribbon bow, not orange yarn. I have a set of ten, all by different location cathedrals, by same artist, with different colors of ribbon bows. Would like to discover more about the artist; these are lovely!"

Jenna is the author of Writing — by Coincidence: Flowing with Signs & Synchronicity to Write with Passion and The Secret Language of Synchronicity: Deciphering the Words & Wisdom of Meaningful Coincidence. She followed up her comment on the blog with a very nice email, in which she writes:
"I am in awe over your fantastic Papergreat site! My passions are old books, ephemera, and the workings of synchronicity, and your site is an obvious treasure trove of someone who loves this stuff. My books are on the same, and current WIP focuses on found paper. A picture entitled 'Christmas Remembrances' from your site popped up when searching for info on some cards of which you had one. ... I've had my set of cards for at least twenty years, and never have found out much about them. Would like to find more on the artist for sure. ... I plan to delve into your site, a bit at a time, and am very excited to do so. And perhaps share some of my o-d-d finds as well. They are always a mystery, and like you say, always hold a story."
Thank you for the kind words, Jenna. I will try to delve into the mystery surrounding those Christmas Remembrance cards and the artist "Rosenberg," though I fear it might be difficult hunting. But maybe I'll turn up something as a Christmas Miracle.

We might need these sweaters for the bomb cyclone and polar vortex: Stacia, the granddaughter of Knit-O-Graf founder Della Fitch, writes: "Hi there! Knit-O-Graf enthusiasts will be happy to know that Knit-O-Graf Pattern Company is back in business and exploring modern platforms to let folks know! We have an Etsy store and an eBay store, both of which stock the above pattern, #215 Scandinavian 'Skier/Skater' sweater. Just FYI! Cheers."

December 1981 boarding pass for Nigeria Airways: Anonymous writes: "I grew up in Lagos before the current airport opened and remember the old Ikeja airport. It later became the domestic terminal."

Summer plans tucked away inside "Claire Ambler": Jane Hoke Lindhorn, commenting on Facebook, wrote: "She forgot her underwear lol."

Montoursville 2018: Photos from elsewhere around town: Regarding the TWA Flight 800 Memorial, Wendyvee of the awesome Roadside Wonders writes: "That's a beautiful monument. It's been on my 'to do' list for some time."

Montoursville 2018: Our third house: Joan writes: "I liked looking at the Zillow listing for the house ... but I especially liked photo 4/5, which had a cat. You didn't mention what pets you had at each house!"

Alas, the Montoursville animal roundup is fairly boring...
  • Mulberry Street: No pets. Just a stuffed alligator.
  • Spruce Street: No pets. But a turtle or tortoise took a shortcut through our backyard once.
  • Willow Street: The cats Buddy & Cyrano, who we acquired while living in Clayton, New Jersey.


Selections from the 1967 Top Value Stamps catalog: Anonymous writes: "My mother always shopped at Star Market in the Boston area and they had those yellow-colored 'Top Value' stamps. My sister was way older than me and had her first child in 1967. My mother used the books of stamps to buy a high chair for her. I'm not sure if she had enough stamps to buy the whole item or if she supplemented it with cash. We went to a catalog store over in Cambridge to get the high chair."

Old photo postcard of Brackenhurst Hall in Southwell: Christopher Black writes: "Hi there, I currently work at Brackenhurst Hall (NTU Brackenhurst Campus) and would be extremely interested in any and all photographs or history connected with it. Many thanks for posting this. christopher.black@ntu.ac.uk"

50-year-old advertisement for Haggar slacks: Joan writes, snarkily, "You have to own a pair of these ... right?"

Two mostly mystery photos: Tom from Garage Sale Finds writes: "That's the January 1942 issue of Mademoiselle."

I replied: "Holy Schnizzle, Tom! Great job on that! You get the Mademoiselle Merit Badge. (Or, as the kids these days would say, 'You have unlocked the Mademoiselle Achievement.')"

To which Tom replied: "The truth is out. I spend way too much time staring at old magazines."

Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em ... and when to call Sal: Tom writes: "Five-digit phone numbers were used into the '60's, particularly in rural areas."

Cheerful Card Company can help you earn extra money for the holidays: Anonymous writes: "I am 61 years old and I also have wonderful memories of selling Cheerful Christmas cards to friends and family in the Bronx, NY in the late 1960s. I also recall the cardboard box that folded into a carrying case, and the beautiful catalogue with sample cards. I think I was young, maybe 10 or 11 years old, the first year and continued for several years after that. The experience gave me a real sense of pride and independence. Of course the extra money was fantastic too."

Note: If you're scoring at home, we're now up to 24 comments on the Cheerful Cards post.

I want to ride my tricycle, I want to ride it where I like: Tom, tearing himself away from the magazines, writes: "I did a little color correction on your photo (yeah, I'm one of those people)."

That's the original on the left and Tom's stellar correction on the right. As soon as Papergreat becomes a million-dollar media enterprise, I'm hiring Tom to handle all color correction.


“There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for.”: Mark Felt writes: "Thank you, Chris, for your kind anecdotes about whatever light we can find in this world, against the backdrop of so much darkness, even in your home state of Pennsylvania. To amplify on Tolkien's words, 'Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.'"

Mystery RPPC featuring a woman and her cat


There's not a whole lot to say about the image on this real photo postcard. The woman has her hair up and is wearing a long skirt and apron. She's outside, sitting on a wooden bench next to a trellis fence. There's a drainpipe in the background. And she has a sleepy calico cat on her lap.

The only thing written on the back of the postcard, in black ink, is "August 30, 1913." That date lines up with the AZO stamp box, which has four upward pointing triangles, dating the card to 1904-1918.

On that date 105 years ago, there were developments in the Piltdown Man hoax; the Phillies earned their 70th (of 88) wins by defeating the New York Giants, 8-6; and The St. Bernard Voice of Arabi, Louisiana, had these headlines:

  • Young Lovers Outwit Old Schemers in a Game of Matchmaking
  • Proper Culture of Onions
  • Fowls for the Fair
  • Slaughter House Co. Will Discontinue Water Service at the End of the Year
  • Asylum Superintendent Does Not Reveal Name of Last Relative to Visit Lunatic, but We Know It
  • Fish Behave Scandalous in a River of Beer

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thankful for Postcrossing pals all across the planet

This thank-you message from Dasha in the Czech Republic loses its impact without the emojis.

For Thanksgiving, here's the latest roundup of emailed thank-you messages that have come my way from fellow Postcrossing enthusiasts across the globe. Each piece in my inbox is a necessary and welcome reminder of all the good people in the world.

Kirsten from the Netherlands wrote: "Hi Chris, nice to meet you this way and thanks a lot for your Halloween postcard. My first Halloween card in over three years of Postcrossing. I am thrilled. Pennsylvania — what a coincidence, I have just been reading up the last few days on the ghost town trail in Pennsylvania, a 36-mile hike from Black Lick to Ebensburg, which I am interested in doing. Have you ever heard about it or even done it yourself? Ghost towns are always fun. I only had a small peek into your blog so far, but that I have to intensify and read into it. Interesting subjects. Yep, I am also happy that autumn is here, especially we have such a nice one this year. Obviously too little rain over the last few months, but the colours are changing now and it is getting cooler and the predicted rain will be here soon and stay for a while, so hopefully nature can recover."

Ilze from Latvia wrote (translated from Spanish): "Thank you very much for your beautiful postcard. I was very happy to understand the content of the postcard without vocabulary. Your calligraphy is beautiful and also easy to read. My favorite season is summer because I have long vacations. My hobbies in autumn are picking mushrooms, reading books and, of course, doing Postcrossing."

Gabriela and Jessie from the Czech Republic wrote: "Dear Chris, thank you very much for your funny Halloween postcard a for super stamps! I like them very much! It's very kind of you. We have had the nice autumn here but in this time is cool weather, I don't like it. Many greetings to you, your family and to your 5 cats!"

Vladimir from Ukraine wrote: "Hello, Chris! Thank you for the wonderful postcard. I wish your daughter fast and successful recovery after surgery. Happy Halloween!"

Eriko from Japan wrote: "Dear Chris, thank you very much for the nice card! I like October too, it's the most comfortable month in a year. I hope your daughter's quick to recover. You wrote beautiful Japanese, thank you, I wish 平和への願い too! Happy Halloween!"

Claudia from Germany wrote: "Dear Chris, thank you for this nice postcard. I like those mystical things. Thank you also for sharing a piece of your life. Some of the things going in the world are unfortunately heated up by journalists. At least that is what I think is going on in Germany. I miss the good old way of journalism. In the former years a journalist always tried to look behind the scene. Nowadays it seems like many young journalist just look the topics up in Wikipedia. I hope it is different in America. And I hope the young journalists turn away from Twitter, etc., and face real journalism again. But I hope you are still a real journalist. Thank you also for the tip with Ruth Manning-Sanders. I will look her up. Please give Huggles, Mr. Bill, Monkey, Titan and Mystery some extra hugs from me. All best wishes for you, your job and your fur family."

Julia from Russia wrote: "Happy Halloween! Greetings from the capital of Siberia. Thank you very much for the beautiful postcard and amazing stamps. I'm glad you live in such a beautiful place. Someday I'll leave the metropolis and live in a small town. Let your dreams come true!"

Ines from Germany wrote: "Hello Chris! Thanks a lot for your postcard! It looks like the beginning of an adventure about going into the woods and meeting the unexpected. Also thanks for suggesting Clifford Simak, I hope the local library has some of his books."

Ildikoo from France wrote: "Your card is so funny! Thank you for this message, about cats and your life! Mikesch and Nala are mine, nice and loving cats, around me when I am tired. Children are grown up and husband is always busy, so my cats are a fine presence in all day life! I am enjoying holidays! Time to read and to sew and do crochet. I adore the great stamp with John Steinbeck's portrait! Merci beaucoup, thanks again!"

Lea from Germany wrote: "Thank you so much for your beautiful Niagara Falls postcard — I love it. ... Hope you and your daughter Sarah had a great shopping day and fun at the cinema."

Chewsia from Malaysia wrote: "I received your Ryan Conners postcard, I like it! I like illustration, although most of the time I am not smart enough to understand the messages by the illustrators if without its description, but I do feel admire to those who able to convert their thinking into illustration with their imagination. 'Imagination', this is the thing we are losing when we grow older, no more tooth fairy, Santa is not real, the world become realistic. Einstein said, imagination is the preview of life's coming attractions. Keep reminding myself, don't stop to imagine, that's our ability to dream."

Irina from Russia wrote: "Hi Chris, I love your postcard, your cat is gorgeous and you also look good. Doom is the first PC game I ever saw. My dad played it, I was 3 years old and the graphics seemed so realistic to me. Happy Halloween!"

Montoursville 2018 (One Last Thing)


OK, it's time for the last roundup for the Montoursville 2018 series, which began on August 5. I'm sure I'll have more to write about Montoursville in the future, barring a meteorite hitting my shikibuton in the middle of the night, but we'll bring this particular thread to a conclusion today.

And we're going to finish with one final penny for my thoughts...

In one of the early posts in this series, I wrote a little about Montoursville's history. I highlighted the September 1975 festivities surrounding the 125th anniversary of the borough's incorporation. Among the offerings at that event, according to The Otstonwakin, were "Lincoln-Kennedy pennies," which were to be sold for just a nickel.

The Lincoln-Kennedy pennies were novelty coins created by stamping a small version of John F. Kennedy's head next to the image of Abraham Lincoln on the standard penny. These counter-stamped (defaced, to be honest) coins were sometimes mounted on "Astonishing Coincidence" cards, which could be branded for businesses or big events.

They're fun for some folks to collect, but not at all valuable. (There are a bundle of them selling right now on eBay for $1.00 apiece, plus 50 cents shipping. Go crazy and get them for your kids' Christmas stockings.)

So, as you can see here, I was able to get my hands on one that was originally distributed at Montoursville's 125th anniversary event in 1975! Pretty nifty, eh? It features a 1975 penny, and the ASTONISHING COINCIDENCES card measures 2¾ inches by 7½ inches.

The Astonishing Coincidences centered around the lives and deaths-by-assassination of United States presidents Kennedy and Lincoln. Stuff like — as you can see on this card — "There are seven letters in each name" and, my favorite, "Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and hid in a theater, [while] Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and hid in a warehouse." That kind of poppycock. According to Wikipedia, these kind of lists began circulating less than a year after JFK's assassination, were immortalized in a 1966 Buddy Starcher song, and were de rigueur conversation topics for proponents of conspiracy theories and/or the supernatural by the 1970s.

I mean, you can find coincidences anywhere you want, if you look hard enough. For example, this post was written and published on the 55th anniversary of JFK's assassination on November 22, 1963. And the Dallas professional football team is playing against Washington today. And it's Thanksgiving, which was made into a federal holiday by President Lincoln in 1863. Those are just facts, and not anything that requires the services of Rod Serling.

I will leave you with this to chew on, though, courtesy of Steven Wright: "If it's a penny for your thoughts and you put in your two cents worth, then someone, somewhere is making a penny."

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Book cover: "Out of the Unknown"


  • Title: Out of the Unknown
  • Authors: A. E. van Vogt (1912-2000) & E. Mayne Hall (1905-1975)
  • Cover designer: Roy Hunt
  • Publisher: Fantasy Publishing Company Inc. of Los Angeles
  • Original price: $3.00 (per dust jacket)
  • Publication date (you'll be sorry you asked): Book was originally published in 1948. This copy is indicated as Second Edition on the copyright page, but no year is listed. It might be 1952 or later, based on the price on the dust jacket and other known printings/editions. The dust jacket blurb states: "Attesting to its enthusiastic reception by the public is the fact that this book is now in the second edition." ... The excellent website Icshi.net states: "this book has a very confusing printing history" and "Fantasy Publishing, who released the first edition, reprinted the book an indeterminate number of times. Sources conflict greatly on the dates and details of these reprints."
  • Pages: 141
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Contents:
    • The Sea Thing, by A.E. van Vogt
    • The Wishes We Make, by E. Mayne Hull
    • The Witch, by A.E. van Vogt
    • The Patient, by E. Mayne Hull
    • The Ultimate Wish, by E. Mayne Hull
    • The Ghost, by A.E. van Vogt
  • Dedication: "To Forrest J Ackerman"
  • First sentence: The thing scrambled out of the water and stood for a moment swaying gently on its human legs, as if intoxicated.
  • Last sentence: The time would come when the — ghost — would walk no more.
  • Random sentence from middle: It was seventeen minutes to twelve, and that nearly twisted his brain.
  • Goodreads rating: 3.47 stars (out of 5.0)
  • Notes: Alfred Elton van Vogt and Edna Mayne Hull were married from 1939 until 1975, when Edna died. According to Wikipedia, "[her] writing career was relatively brief, with virtually all her work having been written during the three years she lived in Toronto." ... The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction speculates, perhaps unfairly, the following: "Hull ceased writing sf and fantasy — or (as has been suggested) her husband stopped using her name for marketing reasons — when she became involved in Dianetics. It will probably never be established with security whether Out of the Unknown is an anthology or a collection." ... One more thing about my copy: A pencil notation on the first page indicates "Some Pages are in wrong order." Leafing through the right-hand pages toward the back of the book, I can confirm that the numbering is as follows: 101, 115, 117, [unnumbered title page], 109, 111, 113, 103, 105, 119. So, in addition to being a collection of spooky tales, the book is also an (unintentional) exercise in ergodic literature.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em ... and when to call Sal


This dandy Tucked Away Inside specimen comes courtesy of Wendyvee of Roadside Wonders. It's a standard playing card, the 2 of spades.1 The vintage design on the front (shown at right) features the only colors that I believe were available for interior decorating during the 1970s. (Imagine your grandmother's plush rugs, wallpaper, tabletop tchotchkes and matching bathroom soaps.)

Written on the card in pencil is:

Call Sal
BReenan 44-1


The second part might be an old-style telephone number, though it seems like there should be at least one more digit.

Here's the background from Wendyvee, penned on lovely lavender notepaper:
Chris—
Found this in an old library copy of "The Great American Road Trip" by Peter Genovese. This copy is from 1999. I would imagine that this card pre-dates the book by several decades based on the style of artwork and what I assume is an old telephone #. Are we supposed to call Sal as in Salvatore ... or Sal as in Sally? (Although I think most people spell that "Sall.")
Or maybe it was Sally "The Salmon" Salvatore, and you only called if you needed someone with a very particular set of skills.

Footnote
1. According to The Cards of Life, "Whether in work or friendship, the Two of Spades has a unique ability to harmonize and balance relationships." Latin Cards adds: "The two of spades evokes hesitation through the difficulty to choose. In cartomancy, it represents the duality of vice and virtue. It can push the consultant to feel lost, far from the path he/she deserves."

Sunday, November 18, 2018

"Sounds in Space" in Living Stereo


I picked up this record earlier this year at Atomic Warehouse in Harrisburg, during the same trip when Sarah and I were checking out "vintage" boom boxes and cassette tapes. I picked it up because it looked cool. No other reason.

The record was issued by RCA Victor in 1958. It's a "stereo-orthophonic high fidelty recording" that's narrated by Ken Nordine, who is best known for his Word Jazz albums and is, according to Wikipedia, still alive today at age 98.

While it has an outer-space theme, this was intended as a demonstration record, to show off the benefits of stereophonic presentation. As such, there's an IMPORTANT NOTICE on the back of the album sleeve: "This is a TRUE STEREOPHONIC RECORD specifically designed to be played only on phonographs equipped for stereophonic reproduction. This record will also give outstanding monaural performance on many conventional high fidelity phonographs by a replacement of the cartridge. See your local dealer or serviceman."

From that level of stated concern, it sounds as if failure to follow the guidelines might result in tearing a hole in the space-time continuum. If someone actually did that, though, would we know? Or would we just assume that the universe in which we live today is the one that it's supposed to be? (Because there's nothing at all weird about the universe in 2018, right?)

The album's "Sounds of Space" include segments from Russian composer Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. That's both an obvious and ironic inclusion for this album, since Stravinsky's otherworldly and influential 1913 ballet influenced John Williams' Star Wars score more than six decades later.

You can see the full track listing for the album, which includes Lena Horne and Julie Andrews, here and listen to the whole thing on YouTube.

Finally, two Amazon reviewers sharing their memories of this album state that it was not available as a standalone album:

  • Penelopeantelope: "This '58 sampler / demo LP came packed inside RCA Victor stereo phonographs, & was never available for separate sale. The best 'ear candy' cuts are Lena Horne doing 'Day In, Day Out', & excerpts from Stravinsky's 'Rite Of Spring', & Prokofieff's 'Lt. Kije'. Interspersed with the music are sound effects by stereo recording pioneer Robert O. Jordan. My favorite is the indoor pool with splashes echoing all over — especially thrilling with headphones! The narration is by Ken ('Word Jazz') Nordine. One of the best early stereo demos ever!"
  • Warren: "I am almost 40 years old now. I can remember listening to this LP through my grandparents Sears Roebuck console stereo system as a young child. The music is presented very well and the narration is a hoot! Stereo was a brand new thing when this demo album was provided with new purchases of equipment. Very creative, the folks that produced it had a very wild imagination. Get a copy and sit back, relax and indulge yourself in 'Sounds in Space'. You won't be disappointed."

Montoursville 2018: A glimpse into the past via postcards

Montoursville isn't big or notable enough for there to be large numbers of postcards featuring the borough over the past century or so. I suspect the total number (not including one-shot real photo postcards) is so modest (200?) that an enterprising historian or collector could put together a near-complete checklist. I'm not a "completeist" – not even with Ruth Manning-Sanders material; that's just too much pressure and attention to detail. So I won't be making any Montoursville postcard checklists. For this series' penultimate post, I just wanted to present a handful of postcards of the area that I've picked up over time.

"Loyalsock Creek, Near Williamsport, Pa." Loyalsock Creek forms Montoursville's northern and western municipal borders. The "Haystacks," not far from Montoursville in Sullivan County, are an area of Loyalsock Creek that we visited at least once on a Webelos or Boy Scout field trip in the early 1980s. This postcard was mailed in 1908 and the rambling written message discusses making a coat, working too hard, going to the doctor and heart pains.

"Birdseye View of Montoursville, Pa." This shows a bridge over the Loyalsock Creek into Montoursville. But it's not the one that today is known as both the Broad Street Bridge and the Green Bridge. This postcard is from the 1910s, and the Green Bridge was built in 1931. According to an excellent history of Montoursville by Don King, "Montoursville was one of the earliest towns in this area to have a bridge crossing a major stream. A possible reason for the erection of our first structure was to provide an efficient means to move troops in the event of an invasion of Canada during the War of 1812. For a brief time there were two bridges spanning the creek." This card was postmarked in Montoursville and mailed to Endicott, New York, with the following note: "We are having a nice visit. Leave for Jersey Shore this P.M. Expect to come home Sunday."

"At Indian Amusement Park, Montoursville, Pa." I believe this card, published by C.A.R., is from 1910, but I can't be sure of the final number (0) on the postmark. If my guess is correct, though, it was postmarked on August 27, 1910, in Montoursville. The writer mentions a "very large crowd here." King writes extensively of Indian Park in his history. Electricity and, most importantly, a trolley line made it an extremely popular attraction in the first two decades of the 20th century. There was even a roller coaster. The theater had a capacity of 1,000 persons. Relatively speaking, though, Indian Park's heyday (in that iteration) was short-lived. When the trolley line was closed in 1924, it spelled doom.

"People's Bank, Montoursville, Pa." Here's a look at this Broad Street building before it became Dr. W.B. Konkle Memorial Library, which I wrote about in two earlier posts (1, 2). As I wrote, "in 1964, the old bank building at the corner of Broad and Washington was purchased following a $35,000 fund-raising campaign. This became the library's new home, and that is why the library building today resembles an early 20th century bank." This postcard, made by The Tecraft Company of Tenafly, New Jersey, was never mailed.

"High School, Montoursville, Pa." This postcard was never mailed, either, and has no date. It was published by J.B. Weaver of Montoursville, and it calls for a one-cent stamp. As I have said, we moved away before I would have attended Montoursville High School, so I was only in that building, as it was in the early 1980s, a couple times.

Moving into more modern times, this is a rare and unused photo showcasing the Wagon Wheel Motel, which also featured a bar and restaurant and was located at 1130 Broad Street. The back of the postcard states: "Four miles east of Williamsport, Penna., on U.S Route 220 ... all units with electric heat, air-conditioning, telephones, television and wall-to-wall carpeting ... Phone 368-2436 (717). Arnold and Amber Shook, Proprietors." Amber Shook died in 2007 at age 84. According to her obituary, she moved to Florida in 1971, so the Shooks were either out-of-state owners of the Wagon Wheel after 1971, or new owners came onto the scene. I have many memories of the Wagon Wheel restaurant. Our family went there often when we were living on Willow Street. Sometimes we'd have dinner there. I would get a Howdy Doody to drink and Adriane would get a Shirley Temple; they were both the same thing — 7 Up with grenadine, I believe. What I remember most are the arcade games and the jukebox. After we ate, Mom and Dad would hang out with friends at the bar and give my sister and I a supply of quarters for the small game room. I specifically remember a tabletop version of Missile Command and Battlezone, with its periscope viewfinder. I think there were a couple other arcade games, but can't recall specifically which ones. There was also a dart board and the aforementioned jukebox. Songs I played included "Upside Down" by Diana Ross and "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers.

"Montoursville — 1963." And, to wrap up, here's an aerial view of the borough from 55 years ago. This one is compliments of First National Bank of Montoursville ("A good bank in a good town"). That's the airport at the bottom of the image. Moving north, you get to Broad Street and then the residential area of town, which I wandered back and forth across all day on July 13, racking up some serious Fitbit mileage.