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Malmark Bellcraftsmen Inc.

A native of Wilkes Barre, Jacob Malta (1919-2010), founded Malmark Inc. in 1974, along with Willard H. Markey (1911-2004) who developed the firm’s marketing and sales programs. As president and …

100 Years of Miss America

The 100th anniversary of the competition that started after Labor Day in September 1921 won’t be celebrated until December 2021. Originally called the “Atlantic City Beauty …

Linden & Doyle Schools

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All the children of Doylestown for many years attended the Doylestown Borough School at the corner of East Court and Broad streets. But as the elementary population grew, additional classrooms and …

Pine Run Creek

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The stream known as Pine Run is a tributary of the Neshaminy Creek, part of the Delaware River Watershed. The Pine Run rises from a pond near Landisville in Plumstead Township, passing through …

Doylestown Chautauqua

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Chautauqua was an adult education and social movement in the United States which began in 1874 at Lake Chautauqua, N.Y, as an annual summer meeting for the training of Sunday school teachers.

Doylestown’s Distillery

Allen Heist (1836 -1906) was the sheriff of Bucks County as well as proprietor of the Monument House Hotel (on Doylestown’s Monument Square). In 1881, Heist purchased 9 acres, which today …

H.J. Noll and fly tying

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“The Art of Fly Tying” was conceived by Doylestown’s H.J. Noll (ca.1906-1982) and written by well-known author of fishing books, Charles M. Wetzel.

National Air Mail Week

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On Friday, May 20, 1938, the Intelligencer reported, “Doylestown’s first outgoing air mail taken away by plane left the county seat Thursday afternoon, May 19, at 1:57 p.m. as four U.S. …

Frankenfield & Mill, Buick Dealer

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The Buick car dealership of Frankenfield & Mill, located at 263 N. Main St. in Doylestown, was founded in 1948 by George T. Frankenfield (1923-2015) and Lloyd H. Mill (1905-1994). Near the corner …

Clymer’s Department Store

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Robert Clymer (1872–1949) was raised in the Ottsville area and received his only formal education between the ages of 11 and 15, after which he began working in his uncle’s general store …

Blueberry Hill

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The land at the northeast corner of Bristol and Easton roads was part of William Penn’s land grant from King Charles II of England. In 1684 it was deeded to its first owner, John Gray. By the …

It wasn’t until the early 1920s that asphalt was used on town and city surfaces. Roads in towns began to be paved and streets improved. Traffic lights, curbing, sidewalks and motor coach …

The Vogue Shoppe for June Weddings

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Owned by Frank Schultz (1908-1984), the Vogue Shoppe occupied stores in both Doylestown and Perkasie in the 1950s and 1960s.

Henry Mercer’s 165th birthday

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Not many people today know the history hiding behind the walls of the James-Lorah Memorial Home, located at North Main and Broad streets in Doylestown. …

Doylestown Hosiery Mills

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An article in the Feb. 9, 1905, issue of the Intelligencer announced “Stocking Factory May Be Located Here.” The firm of Drenk & Brewer chose for its mill the Hohlefelder Building (a …

Post Office mural

In the 1930s, a New Deal program was administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture. It commissioned artists to create murals and sculptures for post offices …

Lassie Come Home

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“If one steps into the cultural district of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and into a graceful garden adjoining the main branch of the Bucks County Free Library, Lassie [star of books, film, radio, …

Aldie Urn

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“This glazed earthenware vessel was used in the kitchen at the home of William Mercer. It was used to hold spring water for cooking and drinking and was refilled daily. It had a white canvas …

The Oakland Resort

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The Doylestown English and Classical Seminary, was established around 1867 by prominent businessmen of the community who were concerned about the education of the children of Doylestown.

The original Doylestown Farmers’ Market

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The original Doylestown Farmers’ Market. The land was originally part of Judge Henry Chapman’s farm, at the end of Chapman Lane off N. Main Street.

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