ROYERSFORD PA – “Postcards, Fans, Fly Swatters … and All Things Summer” is the title of a new exhibit opening Sunday (Aug. 13, 2023), and continuing through Sept. 27 at the Spring Ford Area Historical Society, 526 Main St. It features dozens of postcards from the society collections, as well as advertising fans, fly swatters, and other summer-related artifacts.
The exhibit will be on display in the farmhouse behind the society’s Main Street building. The event is free to attend and open to the public during museum hours on Sundays from 1-3 p.m.; Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by special appointment. Parking is available nearby.
Postcards, Fans, Fly Swatters … and All Things Summer “captures a time gone by when folks sat on their porches armed with a fly swatter in one hand in an attempt to keep the bugs away,” a society newsletter explained. The other hand held a fan “in an attempt to keep the heat at bay. They were often waiting for the mailman,” hoping to receive a postcard from those lucky enough to be traveling.
It also includes several recently rediscovered World War I postcards sent by area soldiers from the front lines … complete with government censored portions. The exhibit is accompanied by an 8-page guide offered to all who visit.
Got an old postcard that might fit into the exhibit theme? The society said it is still accepting other postcards for the project. Its donors have offered to contribute $10 to the organization for each post card received. Several contributed postcards are already part of the exhibit. Others must be received by the exhibit’s Sept. 27 close.
Contributed postcards can be mailed to: SFAHS, P.O. Box 312, Royersford PA 19468.
Openings still available for ‘candy-making’
Time remains to register students in kindergarten through sixth grade to participate in the society’s rescheduled activity, “The History of Candy-Making in the Boroughs,” set for Aug. 21 (Monday) at 7 p.m. on the society grounds. It represents the delayed final installment of this year’s summer history programs.
Learners of all ages are invited and welcome to attend, but the society asks that “K-6 children are registered so we have activity packets for them.” Register online.
Photo provided to Travels With The Post by the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society
- Read an earlier story (below), published Wednesday (Aug. 9) by Travels With The Post, that describes the storm-related postponement.
ROYERSFORD PA – The threat of severe storms affecting the Royersford area, issued by the National Weather Service, prompted the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society to re-schedule a candy-related program planned for Monday (Aug. 7, 2023).
The society said it had postponed the last of its special summer programs, titled “The History of Candy Making in the Boroughs,” to Aug. 21 (Monday) at 7 p.m. The change represents a two-week delay made necessary by the storm alerts.
The program remains free to attend and open to the public. It is suitable for all ages. Parents of children in kindergarten through 6th grade, who are expected to attend, are asked to register their students in advance so activity packets can be prepared for them. The society said it revised its online registrations page to accommodate the re-scheduling.