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York County People Still Reading

Book Blast–ready to go
Time for the annual York County Heritage Trust Book Blast. Lots of gently read fiction and non-fiction books are available as well as a nice selection of specially priced local history/collectible books and an assortment of picture frames of all ages.

A few of the collectible books available
Book Blast time send me scurrying to the newspaper microfilms at York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives to see what York County people were reading in the past. Here is what Solomon Oswald was advertising in the June 21, 1863 People’s Advocate:




Next Door to the German Lutheran Church

No. 11, South George Street, York, Pa.

Where a large and choice collection of Literary, Religious, scientific, Historical, School, and other Books are constantly kept on hand and for sale at the very lowest rates.–Also, a great variety of BIBLES, German and English, of various sizes and binding, at exceedingly low rates. The publications of the American Sunday School Union and the American Bible Society. All the publications of the American Sunday School Union will be sold at the Society’s prices. Also., a GREAT VARIETY OF STATIONERY, such as Letter and Cap Paper; Steel and Gold Pens, Blue, Black, Red and Indelible Ink; Sealing Wax; Wafers; Slates; Lead and Slate Pencils; &c; &c.
of every variety, may at all times be had at this store, at the lowest rates, and warranted of the best quality.
The attention of Country Dealers, Teachers, and other, to his assortment is respectfully solicited.

How it all starts–thousands of boxes of books

Many hands sorting
Click this link for a 2009 post with York bookseller John H. Osterloh’s offereings in 1832.