Then and Now: Answer Edition

We reveal the answer to last week's photo challenge.

Another banner week for Then and Now readers. Paul G was the first to correctly identify last week's image as Yarnall's stationary store. Below, via our friend's at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area, is the full explanation.

Yarnall’s stationary store was located at 20 South Main Street. The business was run by Karl Yarnall for 20years until his death in 1961. At that time it was sold to become Croft’s stationary. Most recently 20 South Mainwas the customer service center for Comcast. The retail space in the building is now vacant.

Sandra Ames January 02, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I disagree with your explanation of Then and Now today. Yarnall's, later Croft's Stationery (not stationary, by the way), were located at 22 S. Main Street, not 20 S. Main. The current Comcast Building was formerly Druckenmiller's Jewelry Store and is currently occupied by Comcast. However, 22 S. Main Street may be unoccupied.
Ike January 02, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Yes , Croft's Stationery was up a little from the corner, not where the cable place was.
Ike January 02, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Wait it was next door , i think , it now a saloon..
Lynn B. January 02, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Ike, what is your problem with the bars in this town? All your comments concern bars, drinking, saloons. Phoenixville would be dead without the establishments that are now open and some of them don't even serve alchohol. What would you like done with our town?
Susan Marshall January 02, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Sandra, You are correct. I was wrong. Yarnall's Stationery was at 22 S. Main. I thought it was on the corner of Prospect. Thanks for keeping me honest.
Ike January 02, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Ike January 02, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Salon Fiber 22 Main St Phoenixville, PA 19460
David B. Meadows January 03, 2013 at 01:53 PM
The hisoric picture of Yarnell's Stationary likely was of a building located at 18 S Main Street (next to the Comcast office) which was demolished by the Borough in the 1960's. This building and many additional buildings were condemed and purchased by the Borough for the construction of the Prospect Street parking lot. 18 S Main was included to allow a wider entrance into the new parking lot. Just compare the widths of Prospect Street on both sides of Main Street and you can see where #18 would have stood. Also if you compare the width of the side street (Prospect) in the old photo and one of the new ones you can see the original Yarnell's Stationary was much closer to the building on the north side of Prospect Street. I am not sure when Yarnell's moved from 18 to 22 S Main but they were at 22 in 1963 as I used to buy rubber bands from them on windy days to roll the Daily Republican newspapers I delivered. Later Tom and Polly Croft purchased the business.


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