Jul 25, 2009

Weigh In On 1948

1948 was a good year for Allentown and the Lehigh Valley. Mack Trucks, Lehigh Structural Steel, General Electric and almost all factories were going full steam. President Truman stopped by to give a speech. The Allentown Cardinals played the first game in their new ballpark, Breadon Field. The baby boom was going full tilt:

The school district unveiled Lehigh Parkway and Midway Manor Elementary Schools and the new professional style football stadium. Donald Hock was Mayor, and although the last beer was being brewed on Lawrence Street at Daeufer Brewery, the Paddock joined many new restaurants opening that year. Photo's from Dorney Park in 1948.


Anonymous said...

I was born in 1948 at The Allentown Hospital.I left Allentown for good 3 years ago.The Lehigh Valley changed so much in the last 20 years I didn't recognize it anymore.

Anonymous said...

Do you mean General Electric or Western Electric? Ah, Western Electric, those were some days.

michael molovinsky said...

nl, actually there was both, western on union blvd. and general on S. 12th. western evolved into lucent and general into black and decker