old photo friday

Old Photo Friday: Circle Playground

This week’s Old Photo Friday is a photo of Circle Playground, taken in 1980. Not only is it interesting to see how much the playground has changed since then, but there is a news story attached with the photo: “A seven-story building to provide apartments for the elderly will replace the Circle Playground, shown here, if the developer, Neshannock Corp. of Arlington, Va., and the owner of the property, the Ellwood City Area School District come to terms on a purchase price. In the left background is the Robert Morabito home at 315 Fountain Ave. and at the extreme right…


Old Photo Friday: Fashion

This week’s Old Photo Friday theme is… fashion! Check out these photos, ranging in years from the early 1900’s to the 1960’s. Which fashionable decade would you like to see make a comeback? Photos provided by the Ellwood City Historical Society.


Old Photo Friday: Tornado Rips Through Ellwood in 1985

Do you remember when the tornado ripped through Ellwood City, causing damage to homes, businesses, landscape and automobiles in 1985? The tornado, which touched down Friday May 31st 1985, affected numerous businesses and residences surrounding Ellwood City in Big Beaver Borough, North Sewickley Township, Marion Township, and on into southern Butler County. Most notably, the Spotlight 88 drive in Movie Theater was devastated by the tornado. If you do, tell us about your experience and what you were doing at the time this happened! A gallery of photos below, provided by the Ellwood City Historical Society, shows the devastation the…


Old Photo Friday: 1989 Snowy Ellwood City

This week’s Old Photo Friday theme is snowy Ellwood City in 1989. The date the photos were taken is listed as 12/15. These photos bring back a lot of memories for us here at the office, if they do the same for you please feel free to tell us below or on Facebook! We hope these photos get you in the holiday spirit, and we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season! Photos provided by the Ellwood City Historical Society


Old Photo Friday: Borough Property Nativity Scene

Although the photos are not very old, they are certainly a thing of the past after a Wisconsin-based anti-religion group threatened to sue the Borough of Ellwood City in 2011 if they didn’t take down the traditional nativity display, which has since been absent from the property. The group, Freedom From Religion Foundation, promotes nontheism and defends the constitutional separation between religion and government, their website states. The last year the nativity was standing on Borough property was in 2011, after the council members voted 4-2 in favor of removing the scene from municipal property beginning in 2012. A council…


Old Photo Friday: 1975 Water Show at Ewing Swimming Pool

This week’s Old Photo Friday, brought to you by the Ellwood City Historical Society, is a photo from 1975 of swimmers performing during the Bicentennial Water Show at the Ewing Park Swimming Pool. Hard to believe the pool has been around so long!


Old Photo Friday: Time Capsule

This week’s Old Photo Friday is a photo of three men (names not listed) burying a time capsule. The year the photo was taken is stated 1992. There is not much info included with the photo, so we don’t know who the men are, where the capsule is buried (it looks like it’s near the municipal building), or what’s in it, but we would love to know – so comment below or on our Facebook post with any information you might have! Photo provided by the Ellwood City Historical Society.  


Old Photo Friday: Former U.S. Steel Employees With Names

This week’s Old Photo Friday, courtesy of the Ellwood City Historical Society, is a photo of the former U.S. Steel employees at the Tube Mill Woman’s Picnic reunion in Ewing Park circa 1977. Seated from left to right are Ida Schuster, Tillie Schuster, Edna Hill Schlemmer, Bessie Howell, Katherine Houk, Dorothy Custozzo. Standing from left to right is Mary Neghiu, Anna Young, Inez Miller, Ann Portugallo, Jospehine Liss, Stella Cini, Julie Dombeck and Betty Hunt.


Old Photo Friday: 1980’s Business Openings

This week’s Old Photo Friday theme is Business Openings – old businesses, that is! The following photos were taken at the then new Franklin Township Plaza. At the time these were the original businesses setting up shop in the plaza! Each photo is captioned with the year, business and a brief description. Do you know what current businesses took their places? Photos provided by the Ellwood City Historical Society.


Old Photo Friday: 1920’s Elks Officers

This week’s Old Photo Friday, courtesy of the Ellwood City Historical Society, is a photo of the early Elks Officers taken in the 1920’s. Look at that style! None of the names are listed. Do you know who any of these men are?