Thursday, May 12, 2022

Chesterfield School Boys Choir - 1952 - Lancaster SC Photos

The Lions Club boys choir of Chesterfield School poses for a group photo in April of 1952. 

The group was led by Edith Long. (Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)

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





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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Market Street Pool Preparing for Opening - 1961 - Lancaster SC Photos



 Can you find the high-dive board? 

Thousands of amazing leaps, flips and cannonballs were made off this board. 

Here, city workers prepare the Market St. pool for opening in May of 1961. Many Lancaster children got their swimming lessons at this pool, which opened in 1953 at the intersection of Market St. and Chesterfield Ave. 


 (Photo by Lee Studio/The Lancaster Archive)










Sunday, May 1, 2022

Market Street Pool Opening Day - 1963 - Lancaster SC Photos


One swimmer launches off the small diving board, at left, while another takes the plunge off the high dive during opening day of Market St. Pool in the summer of 1963. 

The pool opened its doors in 1953 and welcomed swimmers for over 40 years. 

See below for cropped versions of this image. Visit this entry to view an aerial photo of the pool.



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





Central School May Day - 1951 - Lancaster SC Photos


Central School students wait for their turn to be a part of the May Day program in 1951. 


May Day traces back to a European tradition, marking the beginning of summer. 


It is traditionally celebrated about halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice. 


View more versions of this image in the next entry below. 




(Photo by Lavoy Studio/The Lancaster Archive)





Central School May Day - 1951 - Lancaster SC Photos - Part 2



Continuing from the above entry, here are a couple of other versions of the Central School May Day Celebration. See anyone you know?



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Saturday, April 30, 2022

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

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The Dairy Mart - 1994 - Lancaster SC



Who could go for a brown derby from the Dairy Mart right now? 

Here's one being made in 1994 at the popular walk-up ice cream shop, which was located near 200 N. Main St., where the former Rite-Aid building stands, current day. 

(Photo by Travis Bell/The Lancaster Archive)







Thursday, April 21, 2022

Moon Rising over Charlie Duke Painting - 2016 - Lancaster SC Photos



The moon rises over Charlie Duke in this 2016 file photograph made in Lancaster, S.C. Duke walked on the moon 50 years ago today. 

The painting is part of the Wall of Fame mural in Lancaster, which celebrates some of the most famous people from the town. 

 (Photo by Travis Bell/THE LANCASTER ARCHIVE) Copyright. All Rights Reserved. 



Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Charlie Duke Painting on Wall of Fame Mural - 1985 - Lancaster SC Photos


Artists put the finishing touches on the Charlie Duke painting in October of 1985 on Dunlap St. across from the Lancaster County courthouse. 

The image is part of the Wall of Fame, which celebrates some of Lancaster's famous natives. Duke walked on the moon in April of 1972. 

(Photo by The Lancaster News via The Lancaster Archive)







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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

South Carolina State Museum - Apollo 16 & Beyond - Charlie Duke

Looking for a good day trip? 

Check out the new exhibit, Apollo 16 & Beyond, at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia.

It features actual gear and suits worn by astronaut Charlie Duke, who was the youngest man to walk on the moon.

Above, Hunter Bell, 17, takes a look at Duke's actual  helmet worn during his moonwalk. Below is the key to the city of Lancaster, given to Duke in May of 1972. 

There's much more to be seen in this amazing exhibit. Visitors can also learn about South Carolinians who have had a direct impact in American space exploration history. 

The museum is located at:

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201 








Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Sky City Department Store - 1981 - Lancaster SC

If you look closely, you can see the merry-go-round in front of Sky City in 1981. The popular department store was located on the by-pass and today, this building is home of Tractor Supply. 


(See below for cropped versions)


Its name was a tribute to the "Land of the Sky," a nickname for the city of Asheville, where its flagship store was located. 


Long before digital photography, many customers would drop off their rolls of film at the drive-up kiosk located outside the store. Their prints would arrive about a week later. 


(Photo by Travis Bell) ©Copyright. The Lancaster Archive. 









Monday, March 14, 2022

North Elementary First Grade Class - 1979 - Lancaster SC Photos


 See anyone you know?

Children in Linda Bell's first grade class pose for a group portrait in 1979 at North Elementary. (Photo by Bobby Bell/Bell Studio)

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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)









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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.


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