Photo album with marbelized cover and 40 plastic sleeves. 12 contain photos and notes related to Lancaster's Bicentennial celebration. Handwritten on card on first page: "June 10, 1992/ These documents from the City Safe were taken to The Conservation Centre for Art, Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia for restoration and preservation. Here are before and after pictures of
a. The Lancaster Corporation Book, 1742
b. The Charter of the City of Lancaster, 1742
c. The Plot Plan of the City of Lancaster, (?)
On page 14, handwritten on a card: "This was the metal box in which the Charter was stored until someone framed it and exposed it to the light."
On page 19: "This is the Plot Plan which needs to be studied. It has the drawing of gentleman X on the reverse side. Who drew this?"
Portrait of young gentleman. Fairly faded out. Water marks/stains, one around right eye of man (viewer's left) in decorative bronze-colored frame with glass narrow gold-colored braid around edge. All with a red velvet rectangle. On the red velvet lining of the lid/cover: "Addis (?) s Lancaster Gallery/ NE Corner of Centre Square & N. Queen St." Black container has decorative motifs on front and back.
Odd Fellows Fraternal Apron. Flat piece shaped like a pocket with blackened metallic braid hand-stitched around sides, bottom and a pocket-shaped edge at the top. The top outside edge is bare. Pleated red silk, 3/4-inch wide, has been sewn beneath the braid. Printed on the silk: An eye, top center, on the faux tab, "I.O.O.F." Beneath is a printed banner with "Friendship, Love & Truth." Back is heavy fabric.
Tag: "From Trunk w. George Willson Chapeaux"
Stamped on back: "From H.A. LANTZ Reading, PA"
All the pleasted silk fringes on the outside edge have broken off as well as some on the inside.
Commercially-made Masonic Cermonial Apron. Top is bound with blue twill tape extending 32 inches on both sides. Front of white lambskin with white leather tab that folds up. Back is blue polished cotton, folded to front to bind sides and bottom edge. Edges of tab also bound in blue cotton. In black ink, beneath flap, "Worn by David B. Willson, Sept. 26 A.D. 1873 - Dedication, New Masonic Temple, acting Junior Warden pro-tempore - Columbia Lodge, No. 186, Col'a Pa."
Dedication of New Masonic Temple, Columbia Lodge, No. 186
Masonic Manufacturing & Publishing, No. 31 S 4th St., Philadelphia
Commemorative ashtray of cast iron with a silvered, sand-textured finish. Oblong functional ashtray has large extension in shape of a porringer handle. This is cast with raised letters: "LAST/HEAT" and a centered date of "6 12 68". Below this is "POSEY IRON WKS./ LANCASTER PA" Apparently made as a memento of some unknown event designated by the words "LAST HEAT".
Ashtray of pressed milk glass, triangular dish form with clipped corners and sloping sides. Indented at top of each corner for receiving cigarette. Three sides are each printed in black ink: "COURSON'S / SUBS AND HAM BOATS / 564 W. ORANGE ST. / PHONE 394-6034."
City Directories of circa 1930s to early 1950s list Harley J. Courson at 564 W. Orange, listed as a confectioner, followed by son? Howard J. Courson in 1954. For a short time, from 1960-1965, Howard was listed under Grocery & Meats, but returning to confectionary by 1966.
See another Courson's advertising piece, a magnifying glass, 2012.12.2.
See Courson's Son's letter from Penn Dairies Inc. in file.