Pages From The Past

Curated by staff librarian Brian Fulton, Pages from the Past is your outlet for regional local history stories, discussion and the treasures of the Times-Tribune archives.

Carol Channing 1921 – 2019

Carol Channing 1921 – 2019

Carol Channing, Broadway legend, died early this morning at her home in Racho Mirage, California. She was 97.

Channing starred in such musicals as “Hello, Dolly!,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Sugar Babies,” and “Jerry’s Girls.” Channing along with Leslie Uggams, Andrea McArdle and composer Jerry Herman performed in Scranton in “Jerry’s Girls” at the Masonic Temple from Jan 11 to 13, 1985.  The show was a musical revue that featured song writing and composed by Herman.  According to a January 17, 1985 article, the show was sold-out during its Scranton run.

“Jerry’s Girls” would eventually open on Broadway on December 18, 1985 at the St. James Theatre. According to the Internet Broadway Database. The show would run till April 20, 1986. 

 

 

Throwback Thursday – Winter Fun

Throwback Thursday – Winter Fun

Call it what you will – sledding or coasting – I call it winter fun. Here are images from our archives of the children having fun on a snowy day in the Marion Street coasting zone in January 1967.

According to an article that accompanied the images in January 15, 1967 edition of the paper, the city of Scranton had 13 designated coasting zones for children. The coasting zones were each manned by attendants who received $5.50 per shift to watch the children in the coasting zones.  The zones were open Monday thru Friday from 4 to 9 pm, on Saturday from 10 to 5 pm and on Sunday from 1 to 6 pm. The zones would be closed if there wasn’t enough snow for coasting.

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Scenes of the Season

Scenes of the Season

Images from our archives of downtown Scranton scenes during the Christmas season –

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The Hippies of the Hog Farm

The Hippies of the Hog Farm

In the December 16, 2018 edition of the Sunday Times, local history columnist Erin Nissley wrote about the December 1968 police raid of Susquehanna County farm. When the police conducted their raid they found busloads of hippies living at the farm in Kingsley. Some of the hippies told the Times that they were members of a theatrical troupe called “The Hog Farm.”

The images below are of the members of the “Hog Farm” troupe –

 

George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush

As we say goodbye today as a nation to President George H.W. Bush, here are images and pages from our archives dealing with his appearances in Scranton –

 

 

Throwback Thursday – Summer Fun

Throwback Thursday – Summer Fun

As we receive the first taste of winter on this Throwback Thursday, here are a few pictures from 1957 Scranton Playground Spectacular “It’s Show Time.”  The show featured 500 youngsters representing the city’s 34 playgrounds. The spectacular was presented on Wednesday, August 21, 1957 at Memorial Stadium. The crowd for the show was estimated at 8,000.

Young ladies from the Weston Park Playground rehearse their number for the annual playground outdoor spectacle “It’s Show Time.” The show is to take place on August 21, 1957 at Memorial Stadium. Times-Tribune Archives

Young ladies from Tripp Park Playground perform a dance number to the old favorite “Sunny Side of the Street” at the annual Scranton Playground Spectacular on August 21, 1957 at Memorial Stadium. Times-Tribune Archives

An estimated crowd of 8,000 filled Memorial Stadium in Scranton for the annual Playground Show “It’s Show Time.” 500 youngsters representing the city’s 34 playgrounds participated in the show on August 21, 1957. Times-Tribune Archives

Previous Throwback Thursday Posts:

November 1 – Three Unrelated Photos

October 25 – Mid Valley Chess Club

October 18 – Bargains Galore

October 11 – Wyoming Ave 1975

Throwback Thursday – Three Unrelated Photos

Throwback Thursday – Three Unrelated Photos

While gathering materials for an upcoming local history column by Erin Nissley, I turned up these three interesting images in my search. The three images involve fire, natural resources and good works.

The first image is of an early morning fire at 1437-39 Capouse Ave on October 11, 1948. The fire gutted B-Sane Manufacturing that was located on the first floor but the adjoining Walter’s Cafe along sustained smoke damage. Also check out the great Heinz Ketchup ad on the exterior wall of the building. The building is still standing and is home to Nearra’s Pizzeria.

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The second image is of a group of Wyoming County residents visiting a deep natural gas well rig in Mehoopany on Oct 4, 1951. The well is a first for Northeastern Pennsylvania. Oilman John Rebold of Kittanning, center, led the group of visitors. The well is located on John Sheehan’s farm.  The natural gas was located at a depth of 950 feet and is producing 250,000 cubic feet of gas a day.

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The last image is of children representing several Red Feather agencies that receive funds from the Scranton-Dunmore Community Chest (today known as United Way) in 1951. Red Feather agencies are organizations that provide wholesome programming for children. The children from left at Carl Benjamin, Jay Burkhart, Thomas Quinn, Gail Benger, Thomas Ellis, Nancy Lee Mack, Joan Gubanics and Donald Thompson.

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Previous Throwback Thursday Posts: 

October 25 – Mid Valley Chess Club

October 18 – Bargains Galore

October 11 – Wyoming Ave 1975

Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats

Looking for a special treat for Halloween, here are a few suggestions from the October 30, 1968 edition of the Scranton Times –

 

Happy Halloween –

Brian

Throwback Thursday – Mid Valley Chess Club

Throwback Thursday – Mid Valley Chess Club

Check out these images of the Mid Valley Chess Club from the Times-Tribune Library –

Previous Throwback Thursday Posts: 

Oct 18 – Bargains Galore

October 11 – Wyoming Ave 1975

 

Throwback Thursday – Bargains Galore

Throwback Thursday – Bargains Galore

Images of Bargains Galore from the Times-Tribune Library – 

Principals at the ribbon cutting cermony at the new Bargains Galore Discount Grocery Outlet at 4015 Birney Ave in Moosic on October 14, 1979. From left: Frank Bubblo Jr, Anthony Colonna Sr. Mrs. Therse Colonaa, Bridget Colonna, Moosic Mayor John Segilia and Anthony Colonna III. Times-Tribune Archives

Bargains Galore, at 1101 Moosic Street in Scranton, opened in September 1981. Times-Tribune Archives

Bargains Galore opened it store in the Dundee area of Hanover Twp in September 1985. The chain operated five other stores in Wilkes-Barre, Edwardsville, Luzerne, Scranton and Moosic. Times-Tribune Archives

The newly remodeled and expanded Bargains Galore opened in June 1989 in the Mark Plaza next to KMart in Edwardsville. Times-Tribune Archives

Previous Throwback Thursday Posts

 October 11 – Wyoming Ave 1975