Pennsylvania is a fascinating state, rich in unique history, art, architecture and culture. This collection of some of our favorite vintage photographs and illustrations of Pennsylvania will make you nostalgic for days long gone, but not forgotten. If you can’t remember any of these bygone eras, then we hope these images will show you a side of our state you’ve never seen before.
1. "Women standing over a waterfall near Carmichaels, Cumberland Township, Greene County"
Real photo postcard, date unknown.
2. "Aerial View of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh"
Approximately 1930 -1945.
3. "Rural Pennsylvania"
Works Progress Administration Pennsylvania Art Project poster by Katherine Milhous, created between 1936 and 1940.
4. "Bird's Eye View, Willow Grove, Philadelphia"
View from The Mountain Scenic Railway, date unknown.
5. "Scene on Chestnut St. Showing Old Post Office and Philadelphia Record, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania"
6. "Stewarts' Bowling Lanes"
East Side, Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, date unknown.
7. "Hersheypark USA: A Happy Experience!"
8. "Sky-Scrapers of Philadelphia"
Poster by Webster & Hunter, 1898
9. "Visit Pennsylvania, Where Pre-Revolutionary Costumes Still Survive"
Works Progress Administration Pennsylvania Art Project poster, created by Katherine Milhous between 1936 and 1940.
10. "The Pennsylvania Turnpike: The World's Greatest Highway"
11. "Dutch Diner, Located at Shartlesville, Pa. on Famous Rt. U. S. 22"
Approximately 1930 - 1945.
12. "Simon Mellitto, age 10, newsboy, Philadelphia"
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, June 1910.
13. "Visit Historic Ephrata, Pennsylvania"
Works Progress Administration Pennsylvania Art Project poster for the Ephrata Cloister, Lancaster County. Created by Katherine Milhous, between 1936 and 1941.
14. "Wildwood Inn, Breezewood, Pennsylvania"
Caption reads: "See one of the largest antique plate and spoon collections in America."
15. "Pennsylvania Turnpike and Lincoln Highway through the Narrows, West of Everett, Pa."
16. "The Pennsylvania Turnpike, Not for the Amish Buggy"
Lancaster County, 1960s.
Works Progress Administration Pennsylvania Art Project poster for Lancaster County, showing an Amish family. Created by Katherine Milhous, between 1936 and 1941.
18. "Graveyard and Steel Mill, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania"
Photographed by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration, November 1935.
19. "TraveLodge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania"
Postmarked: Sep 7, 1976.
This motel was converted into Paxton Hall, Gettysburg College student housing.
20. "America Wonderland"
Roadside attraction in Shartlesville, now called Roadside America.
21. "Port of Philadelphia"
Poster showing railroad freight cars at the Port of Philadelphia, by Robert Muchley in 1936.
22. "Boating on the River: Greetings from Davistown, Pennsylvania"
Postcard from Davistown, Dunkard Township, Greene County, date unknown.
23. "Grand View Ship Hotel, Located 17 Miles West of Bedford, Pennsylvania, on Highway 30"
1960's. Unfortunately, this historic hotel and roadside attraction burned down in 2001.
24. "Mister Ed's Elephant Museum, Route 30/Lincoln Highway, Orrtanna, Pennsylvania"
Mister Ed’s: The Area’s Most Unusual General Store opened (about two miles from its current location) over 40 years ago.
What did you think of this glimpse into Pennsylvania’s past? Have you been to any of these places? Please share your comments and photos with us below!