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800 Block of Penn Street, South Side

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Penn Street looking to the Southwest corner of 9th and Penn, circa 1940s. YOCUM appears in big letters above the 2nd story at 856 Penn Street. For many years, this architecturally interesting structure was painted yellow. Next door was Zeswitz Music House that occupied the oldest building in the block.


Penn Street looking to the Southwest corner of 9th and Penn, circa 1950s. Focal point of the view is Moore's Restaurant at 860, earlier known as Carsonia Restaurant, as the business had originated in Carsonia Park. Penn Plaza Hotel, at 846, was the largest structure removed from Penn Street during the days of urban renewal.


South Side of 800 block of Penn Street shortly before urban renewal took its ugly toll on Penn Street. Seen above is Schlechter Jewelry store, 820 Penn, Ida Schlechter and Alfred Aron . . . Keystone Meat Market, 818, Barney Klevansky . . . Deisher Jewelry store, 816 Penn, Clarence E. Deisher.

Planters Peanuts, 836 Penn, Franklin Kuhns . . . Farmer's Kissinger's Market, 828-834, Charles K. Dick and Warren N. Kissinger . . . Reddig & Co. clothes, 824 Penn, R. Sassaman . . . peanut store, 822, George A. Deem . . . optometrist, 820 1/2 Penn, Leo Hammel . . . Marborough Garage and Apartments/Schlechter Jewelry, 820 Penn . . . Keystone Meat Market, 818, Barney Klevansky, operator.