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The Berenstain Bears’ 60th Anniversary

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“The Big Honey Hunt” by Stan and Jan Berenstain was published in 1962 by Random House and edited by Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel). It was the first in the long-running Berenstain Bears …


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The village of Tradesville grew up at the intersection of Bristol and Lower State roads, between Castle Valley and Eureka, on the Doylestown-Warrington Township line. Nearby is Mill Creek, a …

Sears Store of Doylestown

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“Doylestown to Have Sears Roebuck Store” proclaimed the headline in the July 11, 1940, edition of the Bucks County Times. The store soon opened in the building at 40 West State St. (owned …

New Year 1922

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Doylestown celebrated the entry of 1922 with the 15th Annual New Year’s Ball, held at the Doylestown Armory on “Monday Eve, January 2d,” according to the Intelligencer.

History Lives: Christmas Street Scene

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Frank X. Shelly, then president of the Doylestown Chamber of Commerce in 1959, wrote in the local paper, “The very attractive street decorations have been completely erected in Downtown …

Traffic Semaphores

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The Doylestown Borough Council held its last regular session of 1923 on Monday night Dec. 17. At that meeting, council decided to purchase an electric semaphore system “which will control …

The Christmas Decoration Contest

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In 1960, the Doylestown Panorama magazine sponsored a house decorating contest. “Lots of local folks will be decorating their homes with Christmas decorations and displays and the home that has …

Award was given to Louis H. Spellier for his invention of the sparkless circuit breaker

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The Elliott Cresson Gold Medal, established in 1848, was the highest honor bestowed by Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute. The endowed award was to be presented “for some discovery in the …

Thanksgiving at Ed’s Diner in Doylestown

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At Ed’s Diner in Doylestown, good food was available at reasonable prices 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and especially on Thanksgiving. (The diner closed only once a year, on Christmas …

Crazy Tom and Castle Valley

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In the first half of the 1700s, Thomas Meredith Jr. lived on his father’s land, which included a steep hill along the Neshaminy Creek in an area known then as Barton’s Ford.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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On March 4, 1921, the U.S. Congress approved the burial of an unknown soldier in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheatre at Arlington Cemetery. On Armistice Day, November 11, 1921, 100 years ago, …

Doylestown Motel

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In the early 1930s a hardware store stood on the southwest corner of South Main Street and Oakland Avenue. The hardware store, at 42 S. Main St., was eventually demolished and by 1956 the Flying-A …

Trick or Treat

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This is the decoration on the Halloween Trick or Treat bags provided in October 1969 by the Daily Intelligencer. The newspaper advertised that “over 6,000 bags will be distributed free to …

Baseball’s Bobby Shantz

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Robert Clayton Shantz, a Pottstown native, signed up as a pitcher with Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics in 1949. He made the American League All-Star team in 1951 then had his career year …

Doylestown has its share of scary stories

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Scary, creepy stories abound at this time of year, and Doylestown has its share. A student hanged himself in the 1890s in a dormitory at Delaware Valley University, when it was the National Farm …

North Main Street Garage

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In 1930 Irvin Kohl had his photograph taken in front of the North Main Street Garage and Gulf Station, which he owned, at 366 N. Main St. in Doylestown. The average cost of a new car that year was …

General Tom Thumb

The Intelligencer of May 1, 1849, announced a local upcoming performance by General Tom Thumb. “This miniature man, who has astonished all Europe and America, with his diminutive greatness, …

The Ground Observer Corps

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During World War II, 1.5 million civilian volunteers were enrolled by the Army Air Forces to man 14,000 observation posts positioned along the nation’s coasts. With limited radar detection …

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 …

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