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Forum entry 1, September 1997
Shopping at Levinsons in the dark ages
One of my earliest memories is shopping in mid-fall at Levinsons Department Store, when I was four years old. We lived on an old farm out Buelah road, about halfway between Nanty Glo and Ebensburg, at the time. We had moved there from Vintondale, and stayed there only one year before moving to the house in Blacklick Township, on Red Mill Road near Belsano, where I grew up.
I know it was fall because it had gotten dark early, and Levinsons seemed dim inside, lit by large naked lightbulbs suspended from the ceiling. I was fascinated by the fact that they wrapped all purchases in brown paper (rather than put them in bags), and they had huge spools of string above the cashier's station, which they pulled and wrapped and tied around the paper. That memory has always struck me as somewhat medievalbelonging to an earlier "darker" age...the 1940s.
Update, August 2012Road work on Roberts Street, at that time a segment of the main road through Nanty Glo, provides this rare photo of Levinsons Department Store (in the background), which appears to be located completely on Chestnut Street (I would have guessed it was on Roberts, at its eastern terminus at Chestnut/Shoemaker). By the car in the background I'm guessing this is an early 1950's picture. The building occupied ground that since has been removed to accommodate the Blacklick Creek there.
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