Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Mule-Drawn Buggy in Lancaster Christmas Parade - 1954

A mule-drawn buggy heads south on Main St. near the intersection of Main and Arch streets during the 1954 Christmas parade. 

The building seen in background is where The Spirit of Lancaster mural is seen modern day. 

Playing at the Parr Theater is Hondo, which was released in 1953 and starred John Wayne. 


(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Main Street Looking South - 1954 - Lancaster SC Photos


Taylors Grocery Store is seen at the corner of Main and Dunlap streets, looking south, in June of 1954. 

Looking down the street, Kimbrell's, Belk, Parr Theater and more can be seen. 

1954 was the last year the globe lights seen in this classic photo were used on Main St. 




(Photo by Lavoy Bauknight/The Lancaster Archive)







Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Recording Artists and More - 2022 - Lancaster SC Famous People


Now that's one amazing playlist. And, did you know? Every song has a Lancaster connection. All of the individual names mentioned in the text below are from Lancaster.
Don Dixon was the producer for R.E.M., which produced 22 Billboard Top 100 Hits. The band is in The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Brandon Still is the keyboardist for Blackberry Smoke, which has released seven studio albums and two live albums, including the 2016 song "Like an Arrow" which climbed to No. 12 on the Billboard Top 100. 
Tim Swain, Todd Ray, and Chris Price, formed the rap group The White Boys in the 1980s. They signed with Tin Pan Apple Records, released an album, made appearances on the legendary Fresh Fest Tour and wrote music for other recording artists. In the summer of 1987 The Beach Boys and The Fat Boys teamed up to create the hip hop version of "Wipe Out". The song was written by Tim Swain and Todd Ray. "Wipe Out" climbed to No. 12 in the states and No. 2 in the U.K. Ray won two Grammys during his career for other production work. 
Julie Roberts climbed to the Top 20 spot on the country charts with her 2004 song "Break Down Here". The hit was from her self-titled album, which put two other singles in the Top 50. The album was certified gold. Her new album, "Ain't In No Hurry" will be available everywhere this Friday.
In the 1950's, Maurice Williams spent many hours during his lunch break practicing with classmates in a doo-wop/R&B band in what was then, the Barr St. High School auditorium. That practice would pay off in a big way a few years later as he and his band, The Zodiacs, topped the charts with their 1960 No. 1 hit, "Stay". The song was a part of the Dirty Dancing movie soundtrack and has been recorded by other artists like Jackson Browne, The Hollies and The Four Seasons. At just over a minute-and-a-half long, it is the shortest song in history to top the U.S. charts.
Daniel Kirkley has recorded dozens of faith-based songs. In 2003, he released an independent album titled Seasons of Grace. In 2007, he signed with contemporary Christian record label, Centricity Music, recording the album Let Love Win, which includes favorites like "A Mother's Song" and "My New Dawn". 
Many know Nina Mae McKinney as the first black actresses to star in a sound movie. She was also popular on Broadway. Her image can be seen on the Lancaster County Wall of Fame. The multi-talented singer and dancer was inducted into The Black Film Makers Hall of Fame. She also recorded the song "Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day". 
It's amazing to look at all the talent that Lancaster has produced over the years. And that's just in the music industry.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Johhny Roscoe During LHS Practice - 1993 - Lancaster SC Photos


LHS head coach Johnny Roscoe talks with his team during a 1993 practice. Roscoe, who was the Bruins' coach and athletic director for 21 seasons, took LHS to two state championship appearances in Columbia in 1989 and 1990. 

He left Lancaster in 2005 and two years later became the head coach at Northern Guilford High School in North Carolina. 

While at NGHS, he won four state championships. 

Roscoe won over 300 games during his career. 

After retiring from coaching, he and his wife, Jane, moved back to Lancaster county, were they live now. 


(Photo by Travis Bell/The Lancaster Archive)

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Boy Scouts Day - 1962 - Lancaster SC Photos



Lancaster Boy Scouts pose for a group photo during National Boy Scouts Day in Feb. of 1962. 




(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)







Springs Plant Baseball Team - 1924 - Lancaster SC Photos



The Lancaster Springs Plant baseball team poses for a group photo in 1924. 

The textile leagues were a big part of Southern culture in the early to mid 20th century. Most games were played on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

Some of the men present in this classic photograph are:

Manager Turner Morton, M.L. Beckham, Grady Bolin, Chiny McDonald, Harvey Barfield, future U.S. Rep. Dick Richards, Tom Stewart and Thurlow Pittman




(Dick Richards Archive Collection via The Lancaster Archive) 






Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Will Brice Punting in NFL - 1999 - Lancaster SC Photos

Lancaster native and LHS graduate Will Brice punts for the Cincinnati Bengals in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers on September 26, 1999. 

Brice also played for the St. Louis Rams. 

He played college ball for The University of Virginia. 

In 2010, the Cavaliers retired his jersey. In 1995, Brice became the first specialist from UVa to be named a first-team All-American. 

He was named all-ACC four times. His punts that pinned Florida State inside their own 10-yard line four times in 1995 were part of a team effort that dealt the Seminoles their first-ever, ACC loss.

(Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)




Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Lancaster Motor Company - 1954 - Lancaster SC Photos



Lancaster Motor Company is seen in September of 1954. The popular car dealership, which sold Chevrolet models and more, was located on Market St. near the intersection of Market and Gay streets. Many 


Lancaster families bought their first car here during the economic boom following World War II. 




(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)






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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

The Dairy Mart - 1993 - Lancaster SC Photos


Customers line up at the counter to place their order during the early evening in this long exposure photograph of the Dairy Mart in 1993. 

The popular eatery, located at 205 N. Main St., was known for its burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes and dipped cones. 


(Photo by Travis Bell/The Lancaster Archive)






Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Lancaster Bakery - 1955 - Lancaster SC Photos


A trip to Lancaster Bakery could cure any sweet tooth. 

Seen on July 6, 1955, the bakery opened its doors on Gay St. on March 29, 1940. 

It was later moved to its location at 222 S. Main St. 

The bakery closed its doors in the early 1980s.     




(Photo by Lavoy Bauknight) 






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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Miss Lancaster Contestants - 1964 - Lancaster SC Photos


Contestants in the Miss Lancaster Pageant pose for a group photo in 1964. See anyone you know? 




(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)







Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Boy Scouts Fundraising for March of Dimes - 1954 - Lancaster SC Photos


Boy Scouts pose with March of Dimes fundraising posters and cups in front of Hinson's Barber Shop and Dr. B.F. Emanuel's optometrist's office in August of 1954. 

The barber shop was located below ground level. 

Windows can be seen opened upstairs as there was no air conditioning.  




(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)





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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Miss Lancaster Contestants - 1965 - Lancaster SC Photos


Miss Lancaster contestants pose for a promotional photograph at a dress shop in Lancaster on April 10, 1965. (Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)








Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Miss Lancaster Contestants - 1962 - Lancaster SC


Miss Lancaster contestants pose for a group portrait before their pageant in 1962. 

Top left is Cecelia Yoder McCall, who won Miss Lancaster that year and was later crowned Miss SC USA. Next to her is Linda Threatt Sapp.

At top right is Sandra Hegler.

Bottom center is Diane Love Bruner.



(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive) 







Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Main Street - 1954 - Lancaster SC Photos

It looks like a scene out of a movie. 

The 100 and 200 blocks of Main St. are seen, looking south, in June of 1954. 

"Mr. Sandman" was one of the top songs that year. The Lancaster Cafe location is across the street from the former Kimbrell's Furniture location. 

What else do you see when you zoom in and look around? 


(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)






Friday, July 15, 2022

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