Monday, March 14, 2022

Sponsors - The Shops on Main


Many thanks to Lancaster's best antique mall,
The Shops on Main, for being a sponsor on
The Lancaster Archive! 

The Shops on Main is located at 212 S Main St.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Main Street - Looking South - 1972 - Lancaster SC Photos



Main Street is seen looking south in 1972. The Springs Block, the former Bank of Lancaster, Collins & Dunn and Macks Store are just a few of the places that can be seen in this classic photograph. 

This image was created from the top of the water tower that was located near the county courthouse. 

What else do you see? 

What do  you remember? 

(Photo by Bobby Bell/Bell Studio/The Lancaster Archive)









Girl Scouts with Musical Instruments - 1950 - Lancaster SC Photos


A group of Girl Scouts holds musical instruments for a photo in Jan. of 1950 in Lancaster, S.C. 


From left, first row: Jackie Deaton, Alice Elmore, Sue Melton, Ann Steele

Second row: Barbara Parker

Third Row: Maxine Jennings, Jane Boyce, Eleanor Williams, JoAnn Plyler, Linda Stout, Ann Funderburk


Leaders: Elsie Boyce, left, and Mae Elmore 


(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)









Sponsor - Kilburnie


Many thanks to Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm for helping bring hundreds of celebrated images to life! 

Visit this link to book your stay.

Apollo 16 Cleaning - 50th Anniversary - Charlie Duke


Workers surround the Apollo 16 lunar capsule (also known as "Casper") while cleaning out its case at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. 

Following a break in routine maintenance because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is sprucing up the antique spaceship before events marking the 50th anniversary of its flight to the moon in 1972. (Image provided by NASA)


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The Apollo 16 capsule is dusty all these decades after it carried three astronauts to the moon. Cobwebs cling to the spacecraft. Business cards, a pencil, money, a spoon and even a tube of lip balm litter the floor of the giant case that protects the space antique in a museum.

The COVID-19 pandemic meant a break in the normal routine of cleaning the ship's display at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, located near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. But workers are sprucing up the spacecraft for the 50th anniversary of its April 1972 flight.


Read the full story here.  

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Dairy Mart - 1993 - Lancaster SC Photos


We'll take a hamburger, fries, Coke and a hot fudge sundae! The menu at The Dairy Mart is seen in the parking lot in 1993 at its 200 North Main St. location. The popular, walk-up ice cream shop was known for its shakes, dipped cones and sundaes. The Dairy Mart was located near the former Rite-Aid location on Main St. (Photo by Travis Bell/The Lancaster Archive)






Saturday, February 12, 2022


The Lancaster Archive is the only organization that actively makes historic photographs available to the public. 

There are hundreds of hours spent on reviewing, preserving, restoring and digitizing our hometown's visual history. 

We appreciate donations to The Archive, which help us continue these efforts. 

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

South Middle School - 1969 - Lancaster SC Photos



South Middle School is seen in this April of 1969 photograph. Behind the school is S. 200 highway, with downtown Lancaster to the left about a mile.


See below for cropped versions of this amazing, classic image. 


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







Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Wagon Wheel - 1996 - Lancaster SC Photos


It's the fried squash capital of The South. And it's just across The Catawba River. 

Hard to believe but this 1996 image of The Wagon Wheel in Fort Lawn is now a classic. 

What do you see that's changed since this photograph was captured? What's your favorite dish?  

 (Photo by Travis Bell/The Lancaster Archive) 









The Heavens: A Different View - A New Book by Dr Danny Faulkner


Former USC Lancaster professor Dr. Danny Faulkner has published a new (and amazing) book.
The Heavens: A Different View, is a photographic journey through the created cosmos, packed with breathtaking astrophotography by Faulkner and his colleagues, Scripture, and short essays on the uniqueness of our galaxy and beyond.
Faulkner, who taught in Lancaster for 26 years, now serves as an astronomer, author, and speaker for Answers in Genesis, based in Kentucky.
The images in this book are jaw dropping. And the perspective that Dr Faulkner gives about the photographs is eye opening.
If you'd like to order the book, it's available at the Answers in Genesis website and on Amazon. (Links below)

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Main Street Looking South - 1953 - Lancaster SC Photos


Workers begin repair on the awning at J.C. Harris Furniture Co. on the 100 block of S. Main St. on July 20, 1953. 

At left is J.C. Edwards Groceries, Hardware and Coal. Heading down Main, looking south is Goodyear Tire, Robinson Cloud, Moore's, Parr Theater and more. 

What else do you see in this classic images? What do you remember?  

View cropped versions below for closer details.

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

Visit this link to purchase a print.






Friday, December 24, 2021

Sponsor - P&J Sales



Many thanks to P&J Sales for being a sponsor on The Lancaster Archive! 





Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Rooftop View - 1960 - Lancaster SC Photos


Parade goers step outside the window and on to the roof of the B.C. Moore and Sons department store to get a good view of the Lancaster Christmas parade in 1960. 

The store was located on Main St. at the Arch St. intersection. A closer look at bottom left shows a Cub Scouts troop walking in the parade.  

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

Monday, November 29, 2021

Lancaster Christmas Parade Cowboys - 1966 - Lancaster SC Photos


Cowboys ride down Main St., heading north, during the annual Christmas parade on Nov. 26, 1966. 

Western Auto, Belk and Friedman's Jewelers are just a few of the stores that can be seen in this classic image. 

What's your favorite memory from going to parades?  

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

Sponsor - Hyatt Law






Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Meeting Street Widening - 1954 - Lancaster SC

Meeting St. looking east, is seen being widened in Sept. of 1954. (Check out the cropped version below where the Gulf station on Main St. can be seen)

The economic boom of the 1950s following WW2 was some of the largest growth the world had ever seen. Towns all across the country were expanding roads, building schools and creating new neighborhoods in a response to the new economy. 

This classic photograph was created near the intersection of Meeting and French streets.  

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




Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Girls Scouts - 1950 - Lancaster SC

See anyone you know? Lancaster Girls Scouts work on a project to celebrate national scouts week in 1950. 

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






Thanks to Lancaster Funeral Home for being a sponsor on The Lancaster Archive!


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Dairy Queen Sighting! - 1971 - Lancaster SC Photos


What do you see that's changed? 

The intersection of Lynwood Dr., left, and S.C. 200 are seen in April of 1971. The former Dairy Queen building can be seen at the top right of the photograph. Immanuel Baptist Church can be seen in the middle of the image.

(Photo by Lavoy Bauknight/Image on File with Travis Bell Photography)  

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