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Images explain changes in York County factories, farms – Iconic photos 28-29/31


Harvey Bradley studies the York, Pa., Bradley-made block that the hook will be hung from.  (See the iconic farm image below.) Background posts: York, Pa. made big, heavy things – and was immensely proud of it, Bradley Lifting’s boss Harvey Bradley: ‘I’m 81’ and Harley newsy in York: 3 strikes, 3 presidential visits, 300 jobs down .

Two more photos in York Town Square’s series of iconic images – images that tell a story about York County and its history:
Harvey Bradley built his York company, Bradley Lifting, from scratch. He started with few resources, except perhaps the most important, an entrepreneurial spirit… .

He is the embodiment of York County factory owners who were often noted for making big, weighty things.
But also in keeping with trends from the past 50 years, he recently sold his company to an out-of-town owner. The company goes on with confidence.

brownLoganville’s landmark Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market started as a roadside stand, seen here in 1956, and has since expanded to 29,000 square feet. Background post: ‘I didn’t know a peach tree from an apple tree …
Farmers and agribusinessmen are constantly facing change.
When he started as an orchard owner, Stan Brown’s knowledge of his business was minimal.
“I didn’t know a peach tree from an apple tree,” Brown said, “but we learned quickly.”
As sprawl covers former farmland, area residents are increasingly interested in re-capturing the Pennsylvania Dutch country spirit. Brown’s Orchards is an example of a business that has sensed this market and looked ahead to offer customers a step back in time.
Posts in this series:
400 years ago, John Smith explored Chesapeake Bay – 1/31 iconic images
Declaration signer James Smith tops York County patriot list – 2/31 iconic images
Going to market a longtime York County pastime – 3/31 iconic images
William C. Goodridge: From slavery to success story – 4/31 iconic images

Rebs’ short York visit creates long memories – 5/31 iconic images
Artist Horace Bonham captured everyday life – 6/31 iconic images
York County farm vs. factory tension relieved in overnight raid – 7/31 iconic images
York County stood firmly behind Allies on all fronts in WW II – 8/31 iconic images
Downtown thrived in post-WW II York – 9/31 iconic images
After WWII success, Farquhar sells assets to out-of-town outfit – 10/31 iconic images.
Sears, York County Shopping Center in the middle of things – 11/31 iconic images
Three Mile Island emergency indelibly written into memories – 12/2 iconic images.
People of varying religious groups founded York County – 13/31 iconic images
President Reagan: ‘Harley is back and standing tall’ – 14/31 iconic images
York’s mayor: ‘We are no longer unprotected’ – 15/31 iconic images
Grange Hall represented past way of York County life – 16/31 iconic images.
York County Honors Choir product of proud moment – 17/31 iconic images.
Meeting of riot victims brought hope for racial accord – 18/31 iconic images.
Property rights foundational factor in Lauxmont dispute – 19/31 iconic images.
New baseball diamond serves as York cornerstone – 20/31 iconic images
Season 2 of York’s campaign to come back – 21-23 of 31 iconic images
York on knees as its men storm Normandy beaches – 24-25 of 31 iconic images
One image illustrates two long-neglected subjects in York area – 26-27 of 31 iconic images
Images explain changes in York County factories, farms – 28-29 of 31 iconic images
York County still home to unvarnished beauty – 30/31 iconic images
Latinos most recent migrant group to call York County home – 31/31 iconic images

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