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City of Hyattsville
Hyattsville, MD 20781
The City celebrates our 125th Anniversary in 2011.
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Going green is nothing new for the City of Hyattsville. Back in 1994, we hosted a special event with Roscoe, the recycling mascot. Roscoe is still going strong - kids can learn about recycling on his website. Also appearing was Woodsy the Owl. He's far more famous than his aluminum... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at April 1886
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It takes wheels to run a City - lots of wheels and axles and heavy equipment, too. Hyattsville isn't the biggest Public Works department by a long shot, but our drivers have always taken great pride in their vehicles. Staff believes this was a brand new truck sometime in the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2011 at April 1886
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None other than Winston Churchill once praised this actress thusly: "It is inconceivable to me that anyone should wish to see the Merry Widow without Lily Elsie." Actress Lily Elsie was born in Yorkshire, England. She was a child actor who went on to become a major star of musical... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at April 1886
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That's Mandy the Clown, the closest thing the City has to an official entertainer, working her magic at a 2007 Summer Jam. Time flies, and there's a whole new building taking shape behind the post office, changing the skyline in this photo. Many of the kids so fascinated by Mandy... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at April 1886
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Sunday, May 15, 2011 marks the 32nd Annual Historic Hyattsville House Tour. You'll see groups of your neighbors, as well as many just curious to peek inside our City's graceful homes, crossing streets and clutching guidebooks. Better yet, our House Tour is known for showing off inventive, hands-on restoration, as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2011 at April 1886
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The City's first Easter egg hunt was held in April 1936. Local women dyed 500 eggs for the festivities. So far, we haven't found any photos of those glorious creations in our archives. But the snapshot to the right marks our attempt to reinvent this tradition. The arts programs at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at April 1886
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Thanks to Doug Dudrow for these images from the City's Anniversary Parade in 1936. The images are great, but most are without labels. If you zoom in, though, this is clearly a truck from Harvey Dairy. A historical survey completed by MNCPPC mentions Anton Harker, an employee of Harvey Dairy.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at April 1886
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Note: If you're new here, each month we publish View from the Bird. The Bird in question is Vainglorious, the silver metallic sculpture at Centennial Park on Baltimore Avenue, and the keenest observer of change in the City. Vainglorious can't swivel his head, of course. But as the spring and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at April 1886
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Is this cheating? Today's Flashback Photo Friday takes us back less than a year. Most of our photos have been around for a decade or more. But this one felt especially fitting for this week. If you've been paying attention to the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Jefferson Street, you'll... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at April 1886
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Here's a little something borrowed from the 1927 edition of the Courannual, Hyattsville High School's yearbook. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE "H" The most outstanding feature of our athletic activities is the wearing of the "H". The "H" is merely an insignia which signifies the mental and physical ability of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at April 1886
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Once upon a time, Washington DC was a major city without a subway. The Paris Métropolitain first shuttled passengers in 1900. The New York City Subway system dates to 1904. The London Underground is the grandaddy of 'em all, claiming an impressive birthdate of 1863. We moved a little more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at April 1886
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Once upon a time, Baltimore Avenue was quite the automotive hub. You could buy a new Chevrolet and head off towards Washington DC or points North. The Lustine dealership was established in 1923. The showroom opened its doors in 1950. Back then, it must have stunningly modern with all that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at April 1886
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There are plenty of photos of Hyattsville Hardware, but most of them seem to be of the grainy, black and white or sepia-toned variety. If you're a relative newcomer to the City, you may not know that the front of the building was once blue. This picture was taken circa... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at April 1886
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Been down Route One lately? Check out the progress being made on the new shops and restaurants. If you peer into the Yes! Organic Market, you can see that they're well on their way to finishing the interior. Elevation Burger and Tara Thai have also had signs posted for a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at April 1886
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If you've been to Hyattsville, you know the Hyattsville Hardware Company. Today it is Franklin's Restaurant, Brewery & General Store. The restaurant and brewery are housed in a modern extension, complete with glass windows and corrugated metal. The original structure houses the general store, where you can buy everything from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at April 1886
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The City's businesses have always been an important part of Hyattsville life. We tend to think of great places to get a bite to eat, or the movie theaters where we turned out to see our favorite films. But banks are part of the equation, too. Suburban Bank of Maryland... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at April 1886
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If you've been to one of the City's family-friendly events in recent years, you have almost certainly rubbed elbows with Mandy the Clown. She's an intrepid twister of balloon animals and surprisingly skilled on a unicycle. Hyattsville has a long history of sending in the clowns. This event was probably... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at April 1886
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It's been a while since we checked in with Vainglorious, everyone's favorite metalic bird. From his perch at Centennial Park, he overlooks one of the entrances to the City of Hyattsville. If only he could swivel his head, here's what he'd see developing behind him on Route 1. The new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at April 1886
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So maybe this isn't much of a Flashback. It's barely 365 days since Hyattsville, and the rest of our region, was blanketed with more snow that we'd seen in a century. If you're into charts, you can check out the data at CapitalClimate to confirm that we did, indeed, get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at April 1886
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Here's another one from Hyattsville's Centennial celebration as we enter our Quasquicentennial year. If you don't remember your Latin, that's 125 years young. This is a makeshift float from a civic group known as the Hyattsville Fun Buns. Their purpose, membership and times of activity - whatever those may have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at April 1886
Legend has it that Punxsatawney Phil is also 125 years young. At least that's what the organizers of the Ground Hog Day festivities at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania tell us. Apparently, The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper reported on the tradition back in 1886 - just weeks before the City of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at April 1886
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No, that's not a wedding! This is a photo from the City's 100th Anniversary, celebrated back in 1986. Doubtless you'll recognize some of the faces, including Mayor Tom Bass, located squarely behind the cake. The City's big shindig won't come until the Fall of 2011, but a committee is currently... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at April 1886
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1989 might not sound like the distant past, but it has been more than two decades since this picture was taken. If St. Jerome School in the background doesn't give it away, this is the ceremonial groundbreaking on the current City Municipal Building. Governor Schaefer was in office. A member... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at April 1886
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There's been much talk about traffic in the Fall of 2010. Congestion, delays, hazards to pedestrians. Hyattsville, it has been worse. There's no date on this Flashback Friday photo, but it is safe to say that it was some time ago. Rooms could be had at the Hotel Pennsylvania for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at April 1886
If you've been to Hyattsville, you'll recognize the City's fifth mayor. The City's flagship park is named in his honor. A local businessman, Magruder owned a store, a saw mill, a lumber yard, farms, and a real estate sales agency. He'd been a councilmember before becoming mayor. After serving as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at April 1886