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Friday, August 7, 2020

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Catawba Textile League Baseball Team - 1932 - Lancaster SC


















Members of the Lancaster baseball team of  the Catawba Textile League pose for a group picture in 1932 in Lancaster. 

The six-team league included Lancaster, Rock Hill Bleachery, Great Falls, Aragon Mills (Rock Hill), Baldwin (Chester) and Winnsboro.

Most games were played on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

Jean Belue, seen at top, third from left, once struck out Babe Ruth while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is the grandfather of Lancaster natives Lyn and Steve Emory, who grew up in the Buford community. 

Taft Wright, to the left of Belue, played for the Washington Senators in 1938 and 1939 and played for six more years in the majors for the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Athletics. He batted .350 his rookie year. 

First Row, left to right are:

Bobby Leonard, Gabby West, Ralph C. Williams (field manager), Charles Williams (batboy), Holt Lamb, John Bumgardner.

Second row:

Tyler Dewar, Ikie Reeder, Shorty Brian, Al Veach, M.J. "Crick" Wright, Maxey Welch.

Third Row:

Henry Clough, Taft Wright, Jean Belue, T.H. Morton (business manager) 


(The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography) 








Boys Baseball Team - 1949 - Lancaster SC





















See anyone you know? 

Members of the Lancaster Parks and Playground recreation baseball team pose for a group photo in the summer of 1949. The team had just played Chesterfield's squad. 

(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography



















Lancaster Christmas Parade - 1966 - Lancaster SC Photos



















Thousands watch as the Lancaster Christmas parade heads north on Main St. on Nov. 26, 1966. The Lancaster High School band can be seen at top left crossing the intersection of Main and Gay streets. 

(Photo by Lee Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography) 







Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Lancaster Motor Speedway - 1962 - Lancaster SC Photos





Trouble in Turn Four! 

Look how close the fans in the infield are to the action and there's no guard rail or wall protecting them. 

Back then, track officials wore football jerseys. Can you find the official in the picture?

It was a tight race that day in July of 1962 at Lancaster Motor Speedway. 

Check out the outside turn. If you lost control of your car in a turn back then, you didn't hit the wall. There was no wall. You'd just end up in the parking lot. 

This is a great one to zoom into to see more details. If you're looking at this on phone and you have desktop or laptop in the next room, it's definitely worth checking out on a large screen so you can see all the details. 

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(Photo by Lee Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography) 

















Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Lancaster Chester Railway


 

 

The former Lancaster and Chester Railway office is seen around 1950 at its 512 S. Main St. location.

Leroy Springs purchased the railroad line at an auction for $25,000 in 1896. This building was replaced by the current office in June of 1951. 

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(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography) 



Parr Theater Employees - 1952 - Lancaster SC Photos
































Parr Theater employees pose for a promotional photograph inside the lobby on Sept. 12, 1952.

The theater, owned by George Parr, entertained children and adults for years with news clips, full-feature movies and serials. 

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(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography) 










The Lancaster Bakery - 1955 - Lancaster SC












































Look at those cookies, cakes and pies! 

Lancaster Bakery owner  D.B. Courtney hands a bag of desserts to a customer on July 6, 1955. 

Courtney's shop was so popular, it became a Saturday tradition for thousands of residents. Courtney and his staff also made amazing cakes for social events and parties. What was your favorite dessert from the bakery? 

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(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography) 












Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Ronald Reagan Visits Lancaster - 1980 - Lancaster SC Photos

































The parking lot of the Carriage Inn hotel came alive in a hurry as secret service agents and officials walked with presidential candidate Ronald Reagan on March 7, 1980. 

It was the day before the S.C. Republican primary and Reagan stopped in Lancaster to speak inside the hotel. Former S.C. Gov. Carroll Campbell can be seen to the left of Reagan. 

Former Lancaster News and Southern Living magazine photographer Gary Clark, who was a student at LHS at the time, cut school to get the chance to photograph the former actor who became president. 

Clark was able to pull off five images of Reagan while backing up with his Minolta SRT 202 camera before he was swarmed by the group as they walked in. 

Reagan is isn't the only famous person to visit The Carriage Inn. In the mid 1990s, actor Andy Griffith stayed at the hotel while filming a movie in the area called "Gramps". 

(Photo by Gary Clark/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Gary Clark and Travis Bell Photography) 












Main Street and Parr Theater - 1952 - Lancaster SC




Classic cars head south on Main Street as the Parr Theater is seen on April 7, 1952.

This photograph was made after the photographer, Lavoy Bauknight, was asked by the police chief to document the two trucks that were quadruple parked. Apparently, the trucks had been asked to make their deliveries in back but continued to park on Main. 

(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography) 









Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Williams Drug Center - 1967 - Lancaster SC Photos





















Did you know? 

One of the most popular gathering spots for years in Lancaster was Williams Drug.

This store had one of the best grills and custom-made fountain drinks on the planet. 

Located at 306 S Main St, it is now the home of Punky's on Main. 

Here, it's seen shortly after sunset in August of 1967. 

(Photo by Lee Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography) 


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Jaycees Beauty Contest - 1951 - Lancaster SC Photos



















Contestants participate in the swimsuit category during a Jaycees beauty queen contest in 1951 at Lancaster High School. 

(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography) 


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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lancaster High School Girls Basketball Teams - 1949 - Lancaster SC Photos













































Check out those shoes and hair styles back then. 

See anyone you know? 

The Lancaster High School girls basketball teams pose for a group portrait inside their gym on Jan. 14, 1949. 

(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography)  

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Chesterfield School Play - 1963 - Lancaster SC

































See anyone you know? Children perform in a play at Chesterfield Elementary School in May of 1963. The school was located on Chesterfield Ave. near the intersection of Chesterfield and Moore streets. The auditorium can still be seen today. (Photo by Lee Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography

See below for cropped versions that make it easier to see faces. 

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Aerial of Market Street Pool, Library, First Baptist - 1971 - Lancaster SC Photos











































An April, 1971 view of the Market Street pool, county library and churches. Chesterfield Ave.can be seen going left to right at top of photograph while Market Street is at left and White St. is at right. (Photo by Lee Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography) 


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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Lancaster City Pool - 1953 - Lancaster SC Photos











































The city pool, located at the intersection of McCardell and Gay streets is seen on July 4, 1953. 

The pool was a favorite summer spot for children for years. 

Shops and a cafe can be seen in the background. 

(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography)  


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Lancaster High School Boys Basketball Team - 1949 - Lancaster SC Photos









































Check out the fashion for players and coaches back in the day. The Lancaster High School boys basketball team poses for a group portrait inside their gym on Jan. 14, 1949. (Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography)  


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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Lancaster Christmas Parade - 1966 - Lancaster SC Photos




Hundreds pack Main Street as the Christmas parade heads north on Nov. 26, 1966. Williams Drug, J.C. Penney's, Parr Theater and B.C. Hough Jewelers can be seen in this image. 

(Photo by Lee Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography)  
















Saturday, June 6, 2020

Lancaster Christmas Parade - 1966 - Lancaster SC



The 1966 Christmas parade is seen moving north along Main Street on Nov. 26, 1966. As a reference, the monument in front of the courthouse can be seen at left.

 The police station, seen at top left and house in middle is no longer on Main Street. The Bank of Lancaster float is seen in the middle as a man riding a lawn mower follows behind. 

(Photo by Lee Studio/The Lancaster Archive/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography)


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