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Archive for March, 2012

Beauty even in the simple things: Hershey Creamery tile work

 

Hershey Creamery and "Model Dairy,"  ca.1940

Hershey Creamery and "Model Dairy," ca.1940

 

 

The Hershey Creamery began operations in May 1930.  The facility served two purposes.  It was a “model dairy” processing milk and producing a variety of milk products including butter, cottage cheese, milk, cream and ice cream. 

 

Hershey Creamery employee, Al Tesno, bottles milk, ca.1951-1959

Hershey Creamery employee, Al Tesno, bottles milk, ca.1951-1959

 

 

The building also operated a soda fountain counter where patrons could purchase drinks and ice cream based treats.  This public portion of the building featured beautiful tile work  and a special mural designed and installed by noted tile maker Franklin Pottery, located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

 

 

Design plan for Hershey Creamery tile mural.  Created by Franklin Pottery, Lansdale, PA.  ca.1930

Design plan for Hershey Creamery tile mural. Created by Franklin Pottery, Lansdale, PA. ca.1930

 

 

The mural incorporated images of cocoa bean harvesting, grazing dairy cows and the Hershey Chocolate factory in the background.  It was placed on the wall behind the soda fountain counter.

 

 

Hershey Creamery soda fountain, ca. 1930-1940

Hershey Creamery soda fountain, ca. 1930-1940

 

 

 

The Creamery was a popular destination for visitors enjoying Hershey Park, the Ballroom and even the Park Swimming Pool.  Brent Hancock in his oral history interview remembered: 

 

We used to go swimming at the Park Pool. You could go swimming and you could lay over there until 10:30 at night, and listen to the orchestra at the Ballroom. Boy, that was beautiful. The women wore their frocks, and with all the lights, it was out of this world, really. Beautiful. The music coming out and all the lights.  At the break, you could go over to the Creamery. The Creamery would be open. They’d take the women over there.  It was very, very nice.

 

Hershey Creamery closed in June 1971.  When the building was razed in 1986, the mural was saved and it was eventually transferred to the Hershey Museum.  Today it is on display in The Hershey Story’s gift shop.

He shoots, he scores!

50 years ago today the Philadelphia Warriors played the New York Knickerbockers in a game held in the Hershey Sports Arena.  At that game Warrior Wilt Chamberlain scored a record smashing 100 points, an achievement that no basketball player has ever duplicated or even come close.

Little remains of the game, no ticket stubs, no video.  Fortunately there are some photos taken by Paul Vathis, an AP photographer who happened to attending the game as a fan and who rushed to his car mid-game to get his camera equipment, . 

Game program, Hershey Sports Arena, March 2, 1962

Game program, Hershey Sports Arena, March 2, 1962

In the Archives collection, there are copies of the game program and remarkably, a recording of the last 15 minutes of the historic game.  The recording was made by an enterprising college student, a Knicks fan, who listened to the game on his AM radio and was inspired to record the broadcast on his reel to reel tape recorder.