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Scranton is known as "Electric City" and began to earn that name when electric lights were introduced in 1880 at Dickson Locomotive Works.


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  • 1854 - Scranton / Lackawanna
    Scranton, formerly Lackawanna, a flourishing post-borough of Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, on the left bank of the Lackawanna river, about 7 miles fro...Read MORE...


  • Scranton was incorporated on February 14, 1856, as a borough in Luzerne County


  • Scranton was incorporated as a city on April 23, 1866


  • News 1868 - Explosion
    An explosion occurred at the powder works near Scranton, Pa., recently severely burning a Mr. George Smith, an employe in the works. Twenty-two and a ...Read MORE...


  • The city of Scranton was designated as the county seat when Lackawanna County was established in 1878.


  • News 1886 - Strange Breakup
    Miss Effie Coslett, of Scranton, Pa., has in consideration of ten thousand dollars in cash, consented to release from and engagement her lover, Frank ...Read MORE...


  • News 1890 - A BLAZE AT SCRANTON About Forty Houses and Factories Destroyed by Fire.
    Fire broke out in the works of the BLOOM CARRIAGE MANUFACTURING COMPANY, on Eighth street, in Scranton, Penn., at eight o'clock in the evening and spr...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Scranton
    Scranton, a city, the capital of Lackawanna co., Pa., is pleasantly situated in a valley or plain on the Lackawanna River, 149 miles W.N.W. of New Yor...Read MORE...


  • News 1897 - SUFFOCATED IN A COAL MINE. SLOPE CATCHES FIRE AND SMOKE FILLS THE WORKINGS - YOMASKI'S ESCAPE.
    Scranton, Pa., Nov. 1. - The most fatal mine disaster in the Lackawanna, or Wyoming, coal fields since, the Twin Shaft horror at Pittston over a year ...Read MORE...


  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    A College Education
    50 Cents a Week
    International Correspondence Schools, Scranton, Pa.

    Ladies' Home Journal
    February 1898
    Advertisement
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Promenade, Court House Square, Scranton, Pa.
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton, Pa.
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    St. Cecelia Academy, 1905
    Postcard
  • 1906
    Scranton, a city, capital of Lackawanna co., Pa., is pleasantly situated on rising ground on the Lackawanna River, at the junction of the Roaring Broo...Read MORE...


  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    First Electric Trolley Car, Scranton, Pa.
    First Electric Trolley System in the United States.
    1906
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Girls Convent at Green Ridge
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    First Baptist Church
    Postcard
  • News 1908 - SCRANTON FACTORY FILLED WITH GIRLS A PREY TO FLAMES. FOUR KILLED AND MANY MEET SERIOUS HURTS
    Several Of The Victims Leaped From The Windows.
    FEARFUL JAM ON A FIRE ESCAPE.
    The Flames Gutted the Interior of the Knitting Mill in Which the Girls...Read MORE...


  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    1908 ad

    Fords Sensational Car
    3000 Ford Model T Touring Cars Sold in 48 Hours
    Price only $850.00 F.O.B. Factory
    Conrad Bros.
    No. 245 Wyoing Ave.
    No. 318-20 Linden Street.
    Scranton

    The Scranton Truth
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
    September 15, ... Read MORE...

    Advertisement
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Hahnemann Hospital, 1908
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Albright Memorial Library, 1908
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Scranton, PA. Lily Lake from C. S. Woolworth's Summer Home near Dalton, 1908
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Parochial Residence, Wyoming Avenue, 1908
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Washington Ave., 1908
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    City Hall
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Interior View of Magnificent Auditorium in Clarke Bros. Department Store, Scranton, Pa., 1910
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Coal Pickers
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    St. Peter's Cathedral
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Y.M.C.A.
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Bird's Eye View of Scranton, Pa.
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Board of Trade Building
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    International Correspondence School Printery
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Washington Monument
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Lackawanna County Jail
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Kolb's Bakery, Wash Ave. and Ash., Scranton, Pa.
    The Cleanest Bakery in America, "Seeing is Believing."

    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Luna Park
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    The Fountain and Playground
    Nay Aug Park
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    West Side Hospital
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    New Administration School Building
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Delaware and Hudson Depot
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Pennsylvania Oral School
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Elm Park Methodist Episcopal Church
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    High School, 1916
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Union National Bank, 1916
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Young Woman's Christian Association
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Hotel Terrace
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Bellevue Coal Breaker, Boiler House and Coal Washery
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    1922 ad

    Biliousness
    An all-ever sick condition, that can be relieved by Bosak's Horke Vino "Natural Tonic"
    All dealers sell it
    The great inconvenience you are suffering can be removed.
    Bosak Manufacturing Co., Scranton, Pa.

    The Bridgeport... Read MORE...

  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    New Home, Woman's Institute
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Sky Scrapers and Busy Corner
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    View looking down Washington Ave. from Y.M.C.A.
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Col. L. A. Watres Armory
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Central High School, Scranton, Pa.
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    State Hospital
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Marywood College
    Postcard
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
    Lackawanna Avenue, 1944
    Postcard
  • 1953 - January 1 - WBRE TV channel 28 in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast

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  • 1955 - Hurricane Diane - NINE DEATHS REPORTED IN EASTERN PA. 650 YOUNGSTERS MAROONED; RAIN REACHES 9 INCHES.
    Philadelphia (AP) - Rain-swollen rivers rampaged through eastern Pennsylania today, causing at least nine deaths and isolating towns and cities. The t...Read MORE...




Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA


Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
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A College Education
50 Cents a Week
International Correspondence Schools, Scranton, Pa.

Ladies' Home Journal
February 1898
Advertisement

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Promenade, Court House Square, Scranton, Pa.
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton, Pa.
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
St. Cecelia Academy, 1905
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
First Electric Trolley Car, Scranton, Pa.
First Electric Trolley System in the United States.
1906
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Girls Convent at Green Ridge
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
First Baptist Church
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
1908 ad

Fords Sensational Car
3000 Ford Model T Touring Cars Sold in 48 Hours
Price only $850.00 F.O.B. Factory
Conrad Bros.
No. 245 Wyoing Ave.
No. 318-20 Linden Street.
Scranton

The Scranton Truth
Scranton, Pennsylvania
September 15, ... Read MORE...

Advertisement

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Hahnemann Hospital, 1908
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Albright Memorial Library, 1908
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Scranton, PA. Lily Lake from C. S. Woolworth's Summer Home near Dalton, 1908
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
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Parochial Residence, Wyoming Avenue, 1908
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
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Washington Ave., 1908
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
City Hall
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Interior View of Magnificent Auditorium in Clarke Bros. Department Store, Scranton, Pa., 1910
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Coal Pickers
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
St. Peter's Cathedral
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Y.M.C.A.
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Bird's Eye View of Scranton, Pa.
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Board of Trade Building
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
International Correspondence School Printery
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Washington Monument
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Lackawanna County Jail
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Kolb's Bakery, Wash Ave. and Ash., Scranton, Pa.
The Cleanest Bakery in America, "Seeing is Believing."

Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Luna Park
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
The Fountain and Playground
Nay Aug Park
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
West Side Hospital
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
New Administration School Building
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Delaware and Hudson Depot
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Pennsylvania Oral School
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Elm Park Methodist Episcopal Church
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
High School, 1916
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Union National Bank, 1916
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Young Woman's Christian Association
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Hotel Terrace
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Bellevue Coal Breaker, Boiler House and Coal Washery
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
1922 ad

Biliousness
An all-ever sick condition, that can be relieved by Bosak's Horke Vino "Natural Tonic"
All dealers sell it
The great inconvenience you are suffering can be removed.
Bosak Manufacturing Co., Scranton, Pa.

The Bridgeport... Read MORE...

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
New Home, Woman's Institute
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Sky Scrapers and Busy Corner
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
View looking down Washington Ave. from Y.M.C.A.
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Central High School, Scranton, Pa.
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Col. L. A. Watres Armory
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
State Hospital
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Marywood College
Postcard

Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Lackawanna Avenue, 1944
Postcard
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History and News of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

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  • 1854 - Scranton / Lackawanna
    Scranton, formerly Lackawanna, a flourishing post-borough of Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, on the left bank of the Lackawanna river, about 7 miles... Read MORE...

  • Scranton was incorporated on February 14, 1856, as a borough in Luzerne County
  • Scranton was incorporated as a city on April 23, 1866
  • News  1868 - Explosion
    An explosion occurred at the powder works near Scranton, Pa., recently severely burning a Mr. George Smith, an employe in the works. Twenty-two and a ... Read MORE...

  • The city of Scranton was designated as the county seat when Lackawanna County was established in 1878.
  • News  1886 - Strange Breakup
    Miss Effie Coslett, of Scranton, Pa., has in consideration of ten thousand dollars in cash, consented to release from and engagement her lover, Frank ... Read MORE...

  • News  1890 - A BLAZE AT SCRANTON About Forty Houses and Factories Destroyed by Fire.
    Fire broke out in the works of the BLOOM CARRIAGE MANUFACTURING COMPANY, on Eighth street, in Scranton, Penn., at eight o'clock in the evening and... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Scranton
    Scranton, a city, the capital of Lackawanna co., Pa., is pleasantly situated in a valley or plain on the Lackawanna River, 149 miles W.N.W. of New... Read MORE...

  • News  1897 - SUFFOCATED IN A COAL MINE. SLOPE CATCHES FIRE AND SMOKE FILLS THE WORKINGS - YOMASKI'S ESCAPE.
    Scranton, Pa., Nov. 1. - The most fatal mine disaster in the Lackawanna, or Wyoming, coal fields since, the Twin Shaft horror at Pittston over a year ... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Scranton, a city, capital of Lackawanna co., Pa., is pleasantly situated on rising ground on the Lackawanna River, at the junction of the Roaring... Read MORE...

  • News  1908 - SCRANTON FACTORY FILLED WITH GIRLS A PREY TO FLAMES. FOUR KILLED AND MANY MEET SERIOUS HURTS
    Several Of The Victims Leaped From The Windows.
    FEARFUL JAM ON A FIRE ESCAPE.
    The Flames Gutted the Interior of the Knitting Mill in Which the... Read MORE...

  • 1953 - January 1 - WBRE TV channel 28 in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast

    historyorb.com
  • 1955 - Hurricane Diane - NINE DEATHS REPORTED IN EASTERN PA. 650 YOUNGSTERS MAROONED; RAIN REACHES 9 INCHES.
    Philadelphia (AP) - Rain-swollen rivers rampaged through eastern Pennsylania today, causing at least nine deaths and isolating towns and cities. The... Read MORE...

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