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York County readers in 1863 and 2013–Book Blast coming up


Next week marks the 13th annual Book Blast at York County Heritage Trust’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 West Princess Street. Many thousands of donated books are being sorted by category for easy purchase by bargain-loving readers. There are hard covers books and paperbacks galore, arranged in categories such as general fiction, mystery and romance. There are books for children, cookbooks, history, religion and inspiration, how-to, crafts and hobbies, biography, health, travel and more. Click this link for a video of the 2011 Book Blast.

The courtyard of the museum will have tables of books selling at the rock-bottom price of $1.00 a bag (bags provided). Sorted books inside are $2.00 for hardcover and $1.00 for paperback on Thursday, $1.00 and 50 cents on Friday and Buck-A-Bag (bags provided) on Saturday morning. A specific area will have a wide selection of specially priced local history and collectible books.

Book Blast opens to the public at 9 a.m. on Thursday August 15. Members should bring the post card they received for admission to the Members Only session Wednesday evening. Memberships will be available at the door.

Special this year for non-members/prospective members: Spend $5.00 or more at Book Blast and receive free admission to the Agricultural & Industrial Museum. (Members are always free.)
There will also be gallery walks with a museum educator at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 and Friday, August 16. The tour will give an overview of the exhibits and show the real grist mill in action.

We can easily see which books are popular now. Do you wonder what York County people were reading 150 years ago? The ad below, from the June 2, 1863 York Gazette, gives us an idea:

A LARGE stock of Standard, Miscellaneous and Scientific BOOKS, just purchased at the Trade Sales, is now offered at much less than usual prices. NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY CHEAP BOOKS FROM THE ONLY ESTABLISHMENT IN YORK THAT BUYS AT THE TRADE SALES. It is for this reason that good books are retailed at wholesale prices. The stock embraces HISTORIES, BIOGRAPHIES, TRAVELS, POETRY, LAW BOOKS, AND MEDICAL WORKS.
The best, cheapest, and largest assortment of Family Bibles, the neatest and cheapest Photograph Albums, also a large stock of BLANK BOOKS, such as Day Books, Ledgers, Dockets, Records, Cash Books, Pass Books, &c., &c., Writing Papers, Envelopes and all kinds of Justices’ Blanks, Morton’s Celebrated GOLD PENS, as low as 25 cents.
Everybody should call and see the largest and cheapest stock in York.
New and Cheap Book Store, No. 8 W. Market St., Next to Adams Express Office, YORK, PA.
The Circulating Library is now open. Come and subscribe. H. YOUNG.

We don’t need many blank books and or much stationery any more, but we haven’t changed our reading interests a lot. And, we still love a bargain.