Wednesday, September 27, 2023

LHS Majorettes - 1949 - Lancaster SC Photos

Wow. Look at that fashion back then. The Lancaster High School majorettes pose for a group portrait in 1949. (Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive) 


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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Lancaster News First Edition - 1905 - Lancaster SC Photos

The first edition of The Lancaster (SC) News, published October 4, 1905, is seen in this image. 

Leroy Springs, along with his associates, purchased the  Ledger, Enterprise, and Review to form the new publication. 

Thursday, August 17, 2023

LHS Pep Rally for State Championship Football Game - 1989- Lancaster SC Photos

Students, football players, faculty, news media, and family members gather at a pep rally in the former Lancaster High School gym in December of 1989. 

Sitting on the floor is the 1989 football team led by Johnny Roscoe with the 1959 players behind them. It was the team's first trip to the state championship game since the 1959 team won the title under Wade Corn. 

The '89 team played Northwestern at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. The 1990 team made it back to the state championship in Columbia to battle Union High School. 

Both teams attended the same school building as students. This building was located near where the current building is today on Woodland Drive. 

Members of the 1959 team were quoted in stories saying it was the loudest and most energetic pep rally they had ever heard or seen. (Photo by Bobby Bell/ Bell Studio/The Lancaster Archive)

See below for cropped versions, making it easier to see details. 


Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Girl Scouts Headed to Springs Park Day Camp - 1955 - Lancaster SC Photos


Lancaster Girl Scouts pose for a photo before heading to Springs Park's day camp on June 2, 1955. 

(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)


Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Preservation Tip - Writing on Prints


75 years from now, would you like your descendants to be able to know who is in a photograph, when it was made and where? 

It's easy. Just write that information on the back of the print. 

Remember, you may know who is in a photograph, but unless you write down the details, your great grandchildren won't know unless you give them the details. 

Here's a quick tip when it comes to writing on the back of your prints. 

Use a No. 2 pencil. Stay away from pens as they can smear and contain non-archival elements that can damage a print. 

Another way to preserve family history is writing on a label that's with the photo, however, if you have a large collection this can take a lot of time compared to simply writing on the back of the print. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Top 4 All Time

The Top 4 Images All Time on The Lancaster Archive, based on hits on our website and views on social media. 

1 - Main Street at Night

2 - Will Brice Punting Against the Panthers

3 - The Dairy Mart

4 - Miss Lancaster Contestants with Miss America and Miss South Carolina at Wagon Wheel 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Kilburnie Yard Sale - 1984 - Lancaster SC Photos

Kilburnie looked a little different back in 1984 when it was downtown. 

Here, a yard sale gets underway in an effort to raise funds to save the house. 

If you look closely, there's a No Trespassing sign on the left column. 

After being moved and fully restored, Kilburnie the Inn at Craig Farm has welcomed guests from all over the world. 

(Photo by The Lancaster News via The Lancaster Archive)

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Dobson School Students - 1963 - Lancaster SC Photos

Dobson School students show off their artwork in 1963. 

See anyone you know? 

The board to the left reads 'About God'. 


(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)

LHS Athletes - 1962 - Lancaster SC Photos

A rare, color photograph of Lancaster High athletes in Sept. 1962. From left are _______, Andy Dickert, Vicki Porter, ________, Margaret Bell, Edward Knight, Bucky Hardin and Suzanne Wylie. 


(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive) 

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Boy Scouts at Buckelew Park - 1955

Boy Scouts pose for a picture while cleaning up Buckelew Park in June of 1955. See anyone you know? 


(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)

Monday, May 15, 2023

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Main Street Looking North - 1956 - Lancaster SC Photos

The No. 1 song in the land was Elvis' "Heartbreak Hotel". Gas was 29 cents a gallon and portable, black-and-white TV sets had just hit the market. 

This is one of those classic images we could look at for hours. Lancaster's Main St. is seen looking north in this amazing photograph captured by Lavoy Bauknight. 

The former J.C. Penney at the intersection of Main and Arch streets can be seen at left. Playing at the Parr Theater is The Man Who Knew Too Much, starring Jimmy Stewart, directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. 

Look closely to the left and you'll see a promo poster for Johnny Concho, starring Frank Sinatra. To the right side of Main is Lancaster Drug, Robinson Cloud and Collins & Dunn. 

What else do you see in this picture? 

A cropped version is below. 


Thursday, April 13, 2023

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Perry's Gulf Station on Main St. - 1960s - Lancaster SC Photos

Perry's Gulf Station is seen in the 1960s. 

The full-service gas station was located at the intersection of Main and Meeting streets. 

Full service included the driver being able to stay in the car as the attendant filled up their vehicle with gasoline, checked fluids, tire pressure and processed the payment. 

Can you find the Coca-Cola and Pepsi machines in this photo? 


(Photo by Lavoy Bauknight/The Lancaster Archive) 

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Central School Chorus - 1970 - Lancaster SC Photos

The Central School Chorus poses for a group photo during a PTA meeting in April of 1970. 

Seen in this picture are:

Joe Shaw Jr, Jennifer Rose Delgobbo, Frances Ellis, Terry Sears Chandler, Tina Thomas Davis, Libby Sweatt Lambert, Sheila Randall Gates, Stuart Love and Kevin Threatt. 

Cropped version can be seen below, making it easier to see faces. 


(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Post 31 Baseball Team - 1959 - Lancaster SC Photos


The Lancaster Post 31 baseball team poses for a group portrait in June of 1959. See anyone you know? 

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(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive) 

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