Sunday, November 6, 2016

32 Vintage Snapshots of Daily Life in Harrisburg, PA during the 1940s

Harrisburg is the capital city of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Dauphin County. It is the tenth-largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It lies on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, 105 miles (169 km) west-northwest of Philadelphia and 204 miles (328 km) east of Pittsburgh.

Harrisburg played a notable role in American history during the Westward Migration, the American Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. And considered the second best place in the U.S. to raise a family.

Here is a collection of 32 vintage photos taken by American photographer E.L.Ward that shows daily life of Harrisburg in the 1940s.

Cameron Street at the Farm Show Building, Harrisburg PA, ca. early 1940s

Capital City Airport, Harrisburg, PA

Capitol Building from Soldiers & Sailors Grove, Harrisburg, PA

Capitol Dome from Walnut Street at the Forum Building in Harrisburg, ca. early 1940s

Frozen Wildwood Lake, looking north, Harrisburg, ca. early 1940s

Harrisburg PA Capitol in the snow, ca. early 1940s

Harrisburg pet parade on Commonwealth Ave, July 1940

Harrisburg pet parade on Commonwealth Ave, July 1940

Harrisburg pet parade on Commonwealth Ave, July 1940

Harrisburg skyline at night, ca. early 1940s

Harrisburg skyline

Harrisburg's Bellevue Park, 1947

Harrisburg-York (now Capital City) Airport

Harrisburg-York (now Capital City) Airport

Italian Lake, Harrisburg, ca. early 1940s

Maclay Street Bridge at the Farm Show, Harrisburg, ca. early 1940s

Maclay Street Bridge, Harrisburg, ca. early 1940s

Mid-town Harrisburg in snow, ca. early 1940s

Patriotic Harrisburg boys on Walnut Street in Harrisburg, ca. early 1940s

Reservoir Park (and Capitol dome), Harrisburg

Reservoir Park in Harrisburg, PA

Skating on Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, ca. early 1940s

Skyline from the West Shore, Harrisburg, PA

State Street Bridge looking east, ca. early 1940s

Susquehanna at Harrisburg, Labor Day 1940

Susquehanna River at Harrisburg, Labor Day 1940

Susquehanna River, Harrisburg, PA

The Capitol from State Street Bridge in the snow

Two men on Harrisburg street, ca. early 1940s

Boat dock on the Susquehanna at Harrisburg, ca. early 1940s

Boat houses on the Susquehanna at Harrisburg, 1946

Boathouse on the Susquehanna at Harrisburg, ca. early 1940s

(Photos by E.L.Ward, via kawkawpa)

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