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Watt & Shand Collection, 1880-2003

Call Number: MG-237

4 boxes     59 folders, 1 scrapbook     2 cubic ft.

Repository: LancasterHistory.org (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location: Archives South, Side 6

Description: This collection contains materials related to the Watt & Shand Department Store in Lancaster, PA. Series 1 includes employee handbooks, job description, beauty salon price list, bridal registry information, a history of the store, a Christmas catalog, a Historic Preservation Trust calendar, and children’s books. Series 2 is a record of the property at the downtown location and at Park City Mall beginning in 1880 with deeds, legal agreements, a building inspector’s permit, and insurance policies.

Creators: Watt & Shand Department Store (Lancaster, Pa.)

System of Arrangement: This collection is arranged by series.

Series 1 Items collected by LancasterHistory.org

Series 2 Gift of Penn Square Partners

Conditions for Access: Folder 2 contains restricted items. These items may not be used for research.

Conditions Governing Reproductions: Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language: English

Source of Acquisition: Items in Series 1 were collected by the Lancaster County Historical Society and LancasterHistory.org, unless otherwise noted at the item level. Series 2 was a gift of Penn Square Partners, in memory of John M. Buckwalter, 2 November 2011.

Biographical History: On 22 February 1878, Peter Watt, James Shand and Gilbert Thompson advertised the opening of a new store, The New York Store, featuring new lines of foreign and domestic dry goods as well as fancy goods and notions. The New York Store opened on 9 March 1878 and was an immediate success focusing on customer service. The owners had an unwritten policy stating that they remained open until the last customer left. During that first year, partner Gilbert Thompson died. Watt and Shand purchased a building located at 8-10 East King Street and changed their name from The New York Store to Watt, Shand and Company. Then during 1885, the store name was shortened to Watt & Shand even though the business was expanding to acquire 6 East King Street. The Ladies’ Ready-To-Wear Department was added in 1889 which included coats, suits, dresses, and underwear. The owners proceeded to expand the business over several decades and procured Appel & Weber jewelry store and Hager’s Department Store during the 1950s and 1960s. The branch store opened in 1970 at Park City Mall. The Bon-Ton Stores purchased Watt & Shand in 1992 and the store officially closed in March of 1995.

Note: The Watt & Shand Department Store scrapbook was cataloged and preserved with funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. ME60112.

Administrative Note: Scrapbook cataloged by CB, 2008. Series 2, Folder 1-48 cataloged by ML, Summer 2014.

 

Series 1 Items collected by LancasterHistory.org

Folder 1
Insert 1 Human Resources Performance and Development Program. 3 February 1982.
Insert 2
Sick list codes.
Workers’ Compensation Act, list of designated physicians. No date.
Letter to employees regarding health care. 16 May 1989.
Pamphlet, “Temporary Disability Program.”
Insert 3 Blank gift certificate for Watt & Shand and Appel & Weber, jewelers.
Insert 4 “Planning Guide for Brides To Be.”
Handwritten and typed information about the bridal gift registry.
Advertising card for Bridal Store. No date.
Inter-Office memo regarding Bridal Registry. 12 November 1990.
Insert 5 Job description. No date.
Insert 6 Letter to Kimberly Schaller, Hershey Park, from Donald Swarr, Watt & Shand, regarding the “School’s Out” Promotion. 30 June 1988.
Insert 7 Holiday greeting cards with pocket calendars.

Snowy field and mountain scene. 1982 calendar. 1981.

“A Time to Say Thank You.” Patriotic scene of Watt & Shand building with flags. 1989 calendar. 1988.

Watt & Shand building, Penn Square. 1990 calendar. 1989.

Lancaster’s Penn Square at Christmas Time, by T. E. Hermansader. 1992 calendar. 1991.

Insert 8 Calendar with image of Watt & Shand at Penn Square. “Watt & Shand Downtown Lancaster and Park City.” 1992. Gift of Roberta M. Bruns, 10 June 2009.


Folder 2 Restricted material.

Folder 3
Insert 1 Salaried employees booklet, Principal Mutual Life Insurance Company. Lists life coverage and health benefits. [1988].
Insert 2 Dictionary of Textile Terms, Dan River Inc. 1980.
Insert 3 Employee handbook. January 1991.
Insert 4 Bon-Ton Beauty Salon, price list. No date.
Insert 5 “Watt & Shand History.” No date.

 

Folder 4 Christmas catalog. Diamond Jubilee year. 1953.

 

Folder 5 Historic Preservation Trust calendar, featuring the Watt & Shand building. 2003.

 

Folder 6 Christmas Publications

Santa Claus’ Secret, by Louise Price Bell. Published by the Reynolds & Reynolds Co. 1934. Poem advertising Watt & Shand’s toy department on back cover.

Adventures of Santa Claus. Children’s book printed for Watt & Shand ca. 1940.

Jack and Jill. December 1942 edition printed for Watt & Shand. This children’s magazine contains stories, puzzles, recipes, and other activities.

 

Folder 7 Thirty-second anniversary sale catalog for the Columbia store. 4-7 April 1923.

Folder 8 “Happy Memories for the Bride.” A record book for wedding-related notes, bridal party, gifts, marriage record, honeymoon and wedding customs. Presented by Watt & Shand. Unused. 1940. Gift of Linda Stienstra, June 2011.

Folder 9 Store Topics. Watt & Shand employee newsletter. April 1991. Gift of Judith and Pedro Lopez, 4 June 2011.

Folder 10 Store Topics. Watt & Shand employee newsletter. 1923, 1924, March 1928.

Folder 11 Menu with luncheon and fountain selections. Separate sheet with daily specials. No date. Gift of Barbara Breneman in memory of Robert Posey Breneman, Sr., 12 April 2014.

 

Scrapbook Watt & Shand Department Store, 1910-1968 scrapbook was compiled by D. J. Watt, this scrapbook contains a variety of information about Watt & Shand Department Store and its employees. The main subjects are the 60th Anniversary of the store and employees. There are descriptions of banquets and awards for the store employees, as well as bulletins with updates on current and retired staff members. Building improvements, including the installation of the first escalator in Lancaster, are conveyed through a series of newspaper articles. An assortment of photographs, correspondence, programs and ephemera about Watt & Shand Department Store are housed in this scrapbook.

 

Series 2 Gift of Penn Square Partners

Series 2, Box 1

Series 2, Folder 1 List of Title Insurance Policies of properties in Downtown Lancaster. South Queen Street, South Christian Street, Centerville Road., Grant Street, North Prince Street, West King Street, East King Street, Penn Square, and North Market Street. 1880-1984.

 

Series 2, Folder 2 Extinguishment of Ground Rent for Lot Number 126 on the South side of East King Street from Jacob M. Long, trustee to Gabriel Hirsh. Jacob M. Long was to receive $200 for the extinguishment and would receive rent from Gabriel Hirsh which was set at forty-five shillings. Attached to the document is a note by Jacob M. Long to Gabriel Hirsh noting that Long had received Hirsh’s payment. Signed 2 January 1880. In Record Book M, Volume 11, page 41, 31 March 1880.

Deed from Gabriel Hirsh and Bertha Hirsh to P.T. Watt and James Shand for their property on the South side of East King Street near Penn Square for $22, 750. Signed 30 March 1885. Recorded in Deed Book I, Number 12, page 301 4, April 1885.

Deed from George R. Reed, assignee of James Prangley to P.T. Watt and James Shand for their property on the South East corner of East King Street and Penn Square for $35,000. Signed 3 April 1897. Recorded in Deed Book M, Number 15, page 105, 3 April 1897.

 

Series 2, Folder 3 Extinguishment of Ground Rent for Lot Number 125 of the South side of East King Street from Jacob M. Long, trustee to Isaac Stirk. Jacob M. Long was to receive $244.40 for the extinguishment and would receive rent from Isaac Stirk which was set at fifty-five shillings. Signed 19 March 1880. Recorded in Record Book O, Volume 11, page 604, 4 April 1881.

Deed from Isaac Stirk and Sarah C. Stirk to P.T. Watt and James Shand for their property on East King Street between Penn Square and Duke Street for $24,500. Signed 25 March 1880. Recorded in Deed Book L, Number 11, page 288, 29 March 1880.

 

Series 2, Folder 4 Deed from James Shand, P.T. Watt and Laura G. Watt, James Shand and P.T. Watt trading as Watt and Shand to Watt and Shand for the property on the Southeast corner of King Street and Penn Square for one dollar. Signed 18 March 1918. Recorded in Deed Book I, Number 23, page 220, 28 March 1918.

Series 2, Folder 5 Deed from Albert F. Witmer, substituted Fiduciary of the Trust Mortgage Pool of the Lancaster Trust Company to Watt and Shand, Inc. for the property of Number 12 East King Street on the South side of East King Street between Penn Square and Christian Street for $95,000. Signed 22 May 1936. Recorded in Deed Book P, Number 32, page 480, 22 May 1936.

Series 2, Folder 6 Deed from Jeremiah Rohrer and Mary A. Rohrer to P.T. Watt and James Shand, trading as Watt and Shand for the building on the Southeast corner of Penn Square for one dollar. Signed 2 February 1905. Recorded in Deed Book O, Number 17, page 582, 13 February 1905.

 

Series 2, Folder 7 Deed from D.B. Hostetter to P.T. Watt and James Shand for the building on the South side of East King Street for $40. Signed 13 January 1886.

Deed from Harry Myers and Maria Myers to P.T. Watt and James Shand, trading as Watt and Shand for the property on 23 Penn Square for $25,000. Signed 14 May 1904. Recorded in Deed Book R, Number 17, page 119, 13 July 1905.

Deed from Harry Myers and Maria Myers to P.T. Watt and James Shand for the building at 23 Penn Square for $600 and other valuable considerations. Signed 6 July 1885. Recorded in Deed Book M, Number 12, page 96, 10 July 1885.

 

Series 2, Folder 8 Ground Rent Deed between Henry Lively and Watt and Shand for the property of Lot Number 127 which is located on the South side of East King Street between Penn Square. Henry Lively was paid $350.20 by Watt and Shand and in return, Watt and Shand were to pay a yearly ground rent of three pounds, nineteen shillings and eleven pence to Lively. Signed 2 April 1897. In Record Book M, Volume 15, page 104, 3 April 1897.

Deed from George R. Rohrer and Adelaide C. Rohrer to Watt and Shand for the properties at 24, 25, and 26 Penn Square for $100,000. Signed 2 April 1920. Recorded in Deed Book I, Number 24, page 506, 2 April 1920.

 

Series 2, Folder 9 Deed from Drosos A. Skyllas to Watt and Shand for the building on the Southeast corner of Penn Square and South Queen Street for one dollar. Signed 15 April 1925. Recorded in Deed Book I, Number 27, page 578, 15 April 1925.

Series 2, Folder 10 Deed from George A. Marshall and Maria L. Marshall to P.T. Watt and James Shand, trading as Watt and Shand, for the building on the east side of South Queen Street between Penn Square and Vine Street for $45,000. Signed 8 September 1906. Recorded in Deed Book L, Number 18, page 360, 17 September 1906.

 

Series 2, Folder 11 Deed from John S. Rengier, Eva Rengier Appel, and Miriam Rengier Baker, Executors of Charles F. Rengier to P.T. Watt and James Shand for the building on the East side of South Queen Street between Penn Square and East Vine Street for $22,500. Signed 31 March 1916. Recorded in Deed Book P, Number 22, page 382, 6 April 1916.

Ground Rent Deed between the Lancaster Trust Company and Charles F. Rengier for the property of Lot Number 129 which is located on South Queen Street. Rengier was to be paid $15.60 and Rengier was to pay a yearly ground rent of three shillings and six pence. Signed 27 March 1905. In Record Book W, Volume 17, page 186, 15 April 1905.

 

Series 2, Folder 12 Deed from Fabian Yecker and wife to P.T. Watt and James Shand for the building on the east side of South Queen Street between Penn Square and Vine Street for $18,000. Signed 1 April 1916. In Record Book P, Volume 22, page 381, 6 April 1916.

 

Series 2, Folder 13 Building Inspector’s Permit stating that the Watt and Shand store was to install a fire door between 17 and 19 South Queen Street. This cost was estimated by the building inspector to be $1,000 and there was an inspector’s fee of six dollars. 18 August 1967.

Insurance Title from Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company from Alpheaus S. Groff and his wife to Watt and Shand for the building on 19 South Queen Street for $150,000. Signed 24 February 1960. Recorded in Deed Book Y-48, page 419, 24 February 1960.

Receipt of Purchase for 19 South Queen Street from Alpheaus S. Groff and Ella L. Groff to Watt and Shand, Inc. for $150,000. 24 February 1960.

Articles of Agreement between Alpheaus S. Groff and Ella L. Groff and Watt and Shand, Inc. for the property of 19 South Queen Street. Watt and Shand, Inc. were to pay the Groffs $150,000 for their property and gave them the right to occupy the storeroom and basement of the building until 1 October 1960. Signed 5 February 1960.

Deed from Alpheaus S. Groff and Ella L. Groff to Watt and Shand, Inc. for the building on 19 South Queen Street between Penn Square and Vine Street for $150,000. Signed 24 February 1960. Recorded in Deed Book Y, Volume 48, page 419, 24 February 1960.

 

Series 2, Folder 14 Insurance Policy for 23, 24, and 25 South Queen Street between, Penn Square and vine Street. Watt and Shand purchased the insurance policy on these properties for $80.25 and that any liability fees would not exceed $16,050. Signed 30 March 1940.

Deed from Harry P. Wisegarver, executor of Jennie H. May, to Watt and Shand, Inc. for the building on 23 South Queen Street for $16,025. Signed 30 March 1940. Recorded in Deed Book N, Number 34, page 365, 30 March 1940.

 

Series 2, Folder 15 Empty. Says it should have 5 items from the years 1940, 1960, and 1967. No description of items available.

 

Series 2, Folder 16 Agreement between A and S Realty and Investment Corporation and Hager Realty Corporation. The agreement was made to reestablish property lines after Hager Realty Corporation received property from Oblender’s Furnishing, which was on 33-35 South Queen Street. Signed 12 December 1977.

Agreement between Arden P Reifsnyder, Christine K. Reifsnyder and Hager Realty Corporation. The agreement is to allow Hager to use land the falls under the Reifsnyder’s property to be used for parking at 33-35 South Queen Street. Signed 28 April 1978.

Policy of Title Insurance for the property acquired by Hager Realty Corporation from Oblender’s Furnishing, Inc. which was on 33-35 South Queen Street. The amount of insurance was set at $28,200 for the property. Signed 19 December 1977.

Deed from Oblender’s Furnishings, Inc. to Hager Realty Corporation for the building on 33-35 South Queen Street for $28,200. Signed 19 December 1977. In Record Book U, Volume 72, page 560, 19 December 1977.

Electrical Certificate for the installment of five lights and a parking gate at the Watt and Shand parking lot on the South Queen Street side. The work was done by Kroll Electric Co. Inc. Attached is a note from Kroll stating what the certificate is for and the invoice number and process date. Certificate dated 22 November 1977. Invoice dated 28 November 1977.

 

Series 2, Folder 17 Insurance policy for the change in property owners from John M. Ammon and wife to Watt and Shand for the building at 24 and 26 South Christian Street, between East King Street and Vine Street. Signed 30 June 1937.

Policy of Insurance purchased by Watt and Shand for the buildings at 24 and 26 South Christian Street. Watt and Shand purchased the insurance for $50 and any liabilities could not exceed $10,000. Signed 12 July 1937.

Deed from John M. Ammon and Cora M. Ammon to Watt and Shand for the buildings on 24 and 26 South Christian Street, between East King Street and Vine Street for $10,000. Signed 12 July 1937. Recorded in Deed Book E, Volume 33, page 295, 12 July 1937.

 

Series 2, Folder 18 Deed from R.S. Noonan and Ella Noonan and S. Edward Sherrill and Anita B. Sherrill to Watt and Shand for the building on 40 South Christian Street for $16,500. Signed 30 November 1949. Recorded in Deed Book E, Volume 40, page 501, 1 December 1949.

Insurance Policy change for 40 South Christian Street when R.S. Noonan and S. Edward Sherrill sold the property to Watt and Shand by Commonwealth Title Company of Philadelphia. Attached to the front of the policy is a typed note of the property and the dimensions of whole property and an Objection titled Objection “F” stating a reason as to why Watt and Shand should not be able to own the property. Signed 1 November 1949.

Electrical Certificate from L.H. Rupert when they checked the electrical wiring in 40 South Christian Street, which was being used as Watt and Shand’s Warehouse. 18 January 1968.

 

Series 2, Folder 19 Ground Rent Deed between the Pennsylvania Company for Insurance on Lives and Granting Annuities and P.T. Watt and James Shand, trading as Watt and Shand for the property on Lot Number 130 on the western side of South Christian Street, between East King Street and East Vine Street, for one dollar. Watt and Shand were to pay the Pennsylvania Company for Insurance on Lives and Granting Annuities a yearly ground rent of seven shillings. Signed 17 July 1906.

Deed from P.E. Slaymaker to P.T. Watt and James, trading as Watt and Shand, for the property on the western side of South Christian Street, between East King Street and East Vine Street for $15,000. Signed 20 July 1906. Recorded in Deed Book L, Number 18, page119, 21 July 1906

Blueprint showing the survey of property at the rear of 33-35 South Queen Street. This survey and blueprint was done for J. Herbert Fehl. 7 November 1949.

 

Series 2, Folder 20 Lease agreement between the Lancaster Parking Authority and Watt and Shand for the pedestrian overpass on the east side of South Christian Street. The lease started on 10 September 1986 and ended on 10 September 1987 and would automatically renew the lease annually. Signed 11 August 1986.

 

Series 2, Folder 21 Letter from James Shand, President of Watt and Shand, to George B. Myrtetus, President of Total Energy Leasing Corporation, confirming that Total Energy will by modifying the HVAC system at the Watt and Shand store in Park City Shopping Center. The modifications would include the introduction 100% make-up air and a monitoring and controlling system to measure energy savings. This process cost a total of $36,330. Dated 9 November 1979. Acknowledged by Total Energy Leasing Corporation 30 November 1979.

Letter from James Shand, President of Watt and Shand, to Lee Drukenbrod, Vice President of DUSCO Property Management. The letter is to confirm with the property manager of Park City Shopping Center that the Watt and Shand store in the shopping center would be undergoing modifications to the HVAC system. The new estimated cost on this letter is $36,339. Dated 9 November 1979. Acknowledged by DUSCO Property Management, Inc. 15 November 1979.

Envelope with Watt and Shand logo in top left corner and typed on the side “Agreement letters, DUSCO and Total Energy Leasing Corp., Park City Outside Cooling System.” November 1979.

 

Series 2, Folder 22 Sales agreement between Elizabeth W. Marshall, George R. Roth, Percy L. Appel, May H. Weber, Patricia M. Myers, George W. Marshall Jr., and Elizabeth H.W. Marshall, trustees for Elizabeth H.W. Marshall and Watt and Shand to sell stock between Watt and Shand and Appel and Weber, Inc. a company invested in goldsmith, silversmith, and jewelry sales. The companies sold the shares for $150 per share. Signed 31 December 1958.

Series 2, Folder 23 Permit from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to Watt and Shand to place a historic marker, entitled “James Buchanan”, at the southeast section of Penn Square in front of the Watt and Shand store. Dated 31 October 1950.

Series 2, Folder 24 Installation grant from the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company (PP&L) to Watt and Shand, Inc. for the installation of lights and wires within the building. Signed 1 May 1940.

Series 2, Folder 25 Land Deed from Nathan Loss and Natalie M. Loss to Hager Realty Corporation for unimproved land in East Hempfield Township near Centerville road to help to maintain the road and then, when deemed fit, will make the road a public road maintained by East Hempfield Township. Signed 30 January 1970. In Record Book R, Volume 59, page 439, 3 February 1970.

 

Series 2, Folder 26 Blueprints for the Watt and Shand building for the air conditioning system, specifically for the wiring of the system throughout the store, drawn by York Corporation. Plan number 62-63865. Dated 10 July 1952.

Blueprints for the Watt and Shand building for the air conditioning system, specifically for the wiring throughout the store, drawn by York Corporation. Plan number 62-62835. Dated 10 July 1952.

 

Series 2, Folder 27 Blueprints for the air conditioning system at Watt and Shand, specifically for the wiring of the electronic air cleaner system that was installed with the air conditioning, drawn by Trion, Inc. Plan number. Plan number 17475. Dated 3 August 1954.

Blueprints for the air conditioning system at Watt and Shand, specifically for the electronic air cleaner and how it was to be installed, drawn by Trion, Inc. Plan number 17695. Dated 11 February 1955.

Blueprints for the air conditioning system at Watt and Shand, specifically for the foundation layout for the electronic air cleaner that was installed with the air conditioning, drawn by Trion, Inc. Plan number E-62. Dated 5 December 1952.

 

Series 2, Folder 28 Blueprints for the air conditioning system at Watt and Shand, specifically for the framing around the system, drawn by The Marley Company, Inc. Drawing number 54-4326. Dated 23 February 1954.

Blueprints for the air conditioning system at Watt and Shand, specifically for the framing around the system, drawn by The Marley Company, Inc. Drawing number 54-4226. Dated 23 February 1954.

 

Series 2, Folder 29 Blueprints titled, “Alterations to Heating System in store building for Watt and Shand, Lancaster, PA”. The plan was drawn for the renovations on the first floor of the building. Plans drawn by Architect C. Emlen Urban and Engineer Chas A. Blatchley. Plan number L98-2. Date unknown.

Blueprints titled “Alterations to Heating System in store building for Watt and Shand, Lancaster, PA”. The plan was drawn for the renovations in the basement. Plans drawn by. Plan number L98-1. Date unknown.

Blueprints titled “Alterations to Heating System in store building for Watt and Shand, Lancaster, PA”. The plan was drawn for the renovations on the second floor. Plans drawn by Architect C. Emlen Urban and Engineer Chas A. Blatchley. Plan number L98-3. Date unknown.

Blueprints titled “Alterations to Heating System in store building for Watt and Shand, Lancaster, PA” . The plan was drawn for the renovations on the third floor of the building. Plans drawn by Architect C. Emlen Urban and Engineer Chas A. Blatchley. Plan number L98-4. Date unknown.

 

Series 2, Folder 30 Blueprints titled “Third Floor Offices: Air Conditioning system for Watt and Shand Department Store”. The plans were drawn for expand the air conditioning system into the offices in the department store, in this case on the third floor. Drawn by Gingrich at Gatter and Diehl Consulting Engineers in Harrisburg, PA . Drawing number 0-1. Dated 25 August 1954.

Blueprints titled “Partial Basement Plan showing Revised Air Conditioning Unit Layout: Watt and Shand Department Store”. The plans were drawn up to expand the air conditioning system throughout the store. Drawn by Gatter and Diehl Consulting Engineers in Harrisburg, PA. Drawing number unknown. Date 1956.

Blueprints titled “Partial Basement Plan showing Revised Air Conditioning Unit Layout: Watt and Shand Department Store”. The plans were drawn up to expand the air conditioning system throughout the store. Drawn by Gatter and Diehl Consulting Engineers in Harrisburg, PA. Drawing number unknown. Date 1956.

Blueprints titled “Watt and Shand: 4th Floor Revision”. The plans were drawn up to expand the air conditioning system, in this case, on the fourth floor of the building. Drawn by Gatter and Diehl Consulting Engineers in Harrisburg, PA . Plan number unknown. Date 2 March 1955.

Blueprints titled “Revisions and Additions to the Air Conditioning System for Watt and Shand Department Store”. The prints were drawn up to help to update and expand the air conditioning system throughout the store. Drawn by Gatter and Diehl Consulting Engineers in Harrisburg, PA. Drawing number R-A.C.-1. Dated 10 April 1959.

Blueprints titled “Third floor offices: Air Conditioning System for Watt and Shand Department Store”. The prints were drawn up to help to expand and update the air conditioning system to the offices in the department store and, in this case, on the third floor. Drawn by Gingrich at Gatter and Diehl Consulting Engineers in Harrisburg, PA. Plan number 0-1. Dated 25 August 1954.

 

Series 2, Folder 31 Blueprints titled “Watt and Shand: Fourth Floor Duct Revision”. The prints were drawn up to update the air duct system throughout the department store. Drawn by Gatter and Diehl Consulting Engineers in Harrisburg, PA. Drawing number unknown. Dated 2 March 1955.

Blueprints titled “First Floor Plan Air Conditioning: Renovations to A/C System for Watt and Shand”. The prints were drawn up to help with the update to the air conditioning system throughout the store. Drawn by Engineer Edwin P. Short Jr. in Lancaster, PA. Plan number 6810 AC-1. Date unknown.

Blueprints titled “First Floor Plan Air Conditioning: Renovations to A/C System for Watt and Shand”. The prints were drawn up to help with the update to the air conditioning system throughout the store and, in this case, the first floor. Drawn by Engineer Edwin P. Short Jr. in Lancaster, PA. Plan number 6810 AC-1. Dated 12 July 1968.

 

Series 2, Folder 32 Bill of Materials to Everts and Overdeer from American Blower Corporation for the purchase of materials to fix a fan in Watt and Shand to update the air conditioning system. Order number D-76108. Price unknown. Dated 14 March 1955. Not Approved by Everts and Overdeer 22 March 1955.

Bill of Materials to Everts and Overdeer from American Blower Corporation for the purchase of materials to fix fans in Watt and Shand to update the air conditioning system. Order number D-76108. Price unknown. Dated 14 March 1955. Approved by Gatter and Diehl 22 March 1955.

 

Series 2, Folder 33 Blueprints titled “Isolation Rails for pumps Watt and Shand”. The prints were drawn up to help with the renovations to the air conditioning system throughout the store. Drawn by Everts and Overdeer Inc. Mechanical Contractors. Plan number unknown. Dated 1 April 1955.

Blueprints titled “Isolation Bases- Fan Drives #1, 2 + 4 Watt and Shand Inc.” The prints were drawn up to help with the renovations to the air conditioning system throughout the store. Drawn by Everts and Overdeer Inc. Mechanical Contractors. Plan number unknown. Dated 22 March 1955.

Blueprints titled “Isolation Bases- Fan Drives #1, 2 + 4 Watt and Shand Inc.” The prints were drawn up to help with the renovations to the air conditioning system throughout the store. Drawn by Everts and Overdeer Inc. Mechanical Contractors. Plan number unknown. Dated 22 March 1955.

 

Series 2, Folder 34 Blueprints titled “Unit, Comfort, Air Conditioning”. The prints were drawn up to help to update the air conditioning system throughout the Watt and Shand department store. Drawn by H.A. Stiles at York Corporation in York, PA. Plan number 62-3577M. Dated 3 October 1951.

Blueprints titled “Unit, Comfort (Air Conditioning)”. The prints were drawn up to help to update the air conditioning system throughout the Watt and Shand department store. Drawn by R.R. Berger at York Corporation in York, PA. Plan number 62-3617M. Dated 10 October 1951.

Blueprints titled “Unit, Comfort (Air Conditioning)”. The prints were drawn up to help to update the air conditioning system throughout the Watt and Shand department store. Drawn by R.R. Berger at York Corporation in York, PA. Plan number 62-3616M. Dated 10 October 1951.

Blueprints titled “Diagram, Wiring 208 Volt, 3 PH., 60 Cycle” The prints were drawn up to help to update the wiring of the air conditioning system throughout the Watt and Shand department store. Drawn by J.C. Reichley at York Corporation in York, PA. Plan number 62-42135M. Dated 5 December 1951.

Blueprints titled “Diagram, Wiring 208 Volt, 3 PH., 60 Cyc.” The prints were drawn up to help to update the wiring of the air conditioning system throughout the Watt and Shand department store. Drawn by E.N. Miller at York Corporation in York, PA. Plan number 62-37695M. Dated 25 October 1951.

 

Series 2, Folder 35 Blueprints for the air filters and heating and cooling coils for the air conditioning system renovations throughout the Watt and Shand department store. Drawn by York Corporation in Philadelphia, PA. Drawing number 55B2331. Dated 18 March 1955.

 

Series 2, Folder 36 Blueprints titled “Schematic Control Wiring Everts and Overdeer for Watt and Shand Department Store”. The prints were drawn up to help to update the condenser for the air conditioning system throughout the store. Drawn by York Corporation in Philadelphia, PA and Everts and Overdeer. Drawing number 44-5163-9. Dated 9 March 1955.

Blueprints titled “Condenser, Freon-12 2-Pass 28”x12’-0” Finned Tube” The prints were drawn up to help to improve the condenser for the air conditioning system throughout the Watt and Shand department store. Drawn by I.E. Frantz at York Corporation in York, PA. Drawing number F494993N. Dated 3 August 1950.

 

Series 2, Folder 37 Blueprints titled “Receiver, Oil 10 ¾” O.D. x 8’-0” (Model R0108)” This was to help to update the oil receiver that helped to fuel the air conditioning system throughout the Watt and Shand department store. Drawn by C.C. Fritz at York Corporation in York, PA. Drawing number 67-3075FL. Dated 13 May 1953.

Blueprints titled “Steel Support for Condenser, Freon Receiver and Oil Receiver Everts and Overdeer for: Watt and Shand Dept. Store-Lancaster, PA.” The prints were drawn up to help to update the condenser which helped to run the air conditioning system throughout the department store. Drawn by York Corporation in Philadelphia, PA and Everts and Overdeer. Drawing number 44-5163-3. Dated 22 March 1955.

Blueprints titled “Location Plan Everts and Overdeer for: Watt and Shand Depart. Store”, This was to help to place new steel work for the air conditioning system throughout the store. Drawn by York Corporation in Philadelphia, PA and Everts and Overdeer. Drawing number 44-5163-1. Dated 23 March 1955.

 

Series 2, Box 2

Series 2, Folder 38 Blueprints for the display fixtures inside of the Watt and Shand department store with dimensions of pegboard walls for displays and what was to be painted. Blueprints also included the layout of each floor for where each department would be. Drawn for Hager and Bro. Inc. from Pennsylvania by C.J. Breyer and Associates, Inc. from New York, New York. Drawing number 201. Dated 24 September 1969.

 

Series 2, Folder 39 A list of dimensions and materials needed to build or update display cases at the Watt and Shand department store. Drawer unknown. Drawing number unknown. Date unknown.

Blueprints titled “Plot plan of store property of Watt and Shand”. These blueprints showed the placement of the stores inside the department store. Drawer unknown. Drawing number unknown. Date unknown.

 

Series 2, Folder 40 Blueprints titled “New Hose connections Watt and Shand”. These blueprints were for the update to the sprinkler system in the department store. Drawn by “Automatic” Sprinkler Corporation of America’s Engineering Department in Youngstown, Ohio. Job number 12339. Dated 5 August 1926.

Blueprints titled “Alterations Watt and Shand”. These blueprints were to help with the update to the sprinkler system throughout the department store. Drawn by “Automatic” Sprinkler Corporation of America’s Engineering Department in Youngstown, Ohio. Job number unknown. Dated 1926.

Blueprints titled “New Addition Watt and Shand”. These blueprints were to help with the 1925 update to the sprinkler system throughout the department store. Drawn by “Automatic” Sprinkler Corporation of America’s Engineering Department in Youngstown, Ohio. Job number 11,095. Dated 9 May 1925.

Blueprints titled “Extension to Present System”. These blueprints were used to help with the update to the sprinkler system throughout the Watt and Shand Department Store. Drawn by E.S. from Central Automatic Sprinkler Company in Lansdale, PA. Plan number 1. Dated 23 October 1950.

Blueprints titled “Extension to present system”. These blueprints were to help with the update to the sprinkler system throughout the Watt and Shand Department Store. Drawn by E.S. from Central Automatic Sprinkler Company in Lansdale, PA. Plan number 1. Dated 23 October 1950.

 

Series 2, Folder 41 Blueprints titled “Basement- New Escalators Watt and Shand”. These blueprints were for the installation of escalators in the Watt and Shand Department store. Drawn by E.C. Goodhart in Lancaster, PA. Plan number unknown. Dated 19 July 1949.

Blueprints titled “First Story- New Escalators Watt and Shand”. Drawn by H.J.H. and W.R.D. from E.C. Goodhart in Lancaster, PA. Plan number unknown. Dated 19 July 1949.

Blueprints titled “Second Story- New Escalators Watt and Shand”. Drawn by H.J.H. and W.R.D. from E.C. Goodhart in Lancaster, PA. Plan number unknown. Dated 19 July 1949.

Blueprints titled “Third Story- Future Escalators Watt and Shand” Drawn by H.J.H. and W.R.D. from E.C. Goodhart in Lancaster, PA. Plan number unknown. Dated 19 July 1949.

Blueprints titled “Elevations- New Escalators Watt and Shand” Drawn by H.J.H and W.R.D. from E.C. Goodhart in Lancaster, PA. Plan number unknown. Dated 19 July 1949.

 

Series 2, Folder 42 Blueprints titled “First Story- New Escalators Watt and Shand”. Drawn by H.J.H. and W.R.D. from E.C. Goodhart in Lancaster, PA. Plan number unknown. Dated 19 July 1949.

Blueprints titled “Second Story- New Escalators Watt and Shand”. Drawn by H.J.H. and W.R.D. from E.C. Goodhart in Lancaster, PA. Plan number unknown. Dated 19 July 1949.

Blueprints titled “Third Story- Future Escalators Watt and Shand”. Drawn by H.J.H. and W.R.D. from E.C. Goodhart in Lancaster, PA. Plan number unknown. Dated 19 July 1949.

Blueprints titled “Elevations- New Escalators Watt and Shand”. Drawn by H.J.H. and W.R.D. from E.C. Goodhart in Lancaster, PA. Plan number unknown. Dated 19 July 1949.

Blueprints titled “Basement- New Escalators Watt and Shand”. Drawn by H.J.H. and W.R.D. from E.C. Goodhart in Lancaster, PA. Plan number unknown. Dated 19 July 1949.

 

Series 2, Folder 43 Blueprints titled “Separator, Oil 6” Discharge Line 20” O.D. Welding Connections Screen Type with Float”. These blueprints were to help with the update to the heating and cooling system throughout the Watt and Shand Department store. Drawn by York Corporation in York, PA with the help of Gatter and Diehl Consulting Engineers in Harrisburg, PA. Drawing number 67-1740FN. Dated 11 August 1952.

Blueprints titled “Location Plan”. These blueprints were to help with the update to the heating and cooling system throughout Watt and Shand. Drawn by Everts and Overdeer with the help of York Corporation in Philadelphia, PA. Drawing number 44-5163-1. Dated 23 February 1955.

Blueprints titled “Receiver, Freon High Pressure Horiz. 24” O.D. x 12’-0” LG.”. These blueprints help with the update to the heating and cooling system throughout Watt and Shand. Drawn by York Corporation in York, PA. Drawing number 67-6888FL. Dated 9 March 1955.

 

Series 2, Folder 44 Blueprints titled “Watt and Shand Dept. Store For Fan #3”. These blueprints were to update the fans for the heating and cooling system throughout Watt and Shand. Drawn by American Blower Corporation in Detroit, Michigan for Everts and Overdeer in Lancaster, PA. Drawing number H-125403. Dated 10 March 1955.

Blueprints titled “Watt and Shand Dept. Store”. These blueprints were to update the fans for the heating and cooling system throughout Watt and Shand. Drawn by American Blower Corporation in Detroit, Michigan for Everts and Overdeer in Lancaster, PA. Drawing number K-17985. Dated 7 March 1955.

 

Series 2, Folder 45 Blueprints titled “Unit Compressor Direct connected 3 ¾ x 3” Y-53 W-Type Compr. 15 Cyl Freon 12”. These blueprints were to update the fans for the heating and cooling systems throughout Watt and Shand. Drawn by York Corporation in York, PA. Drawing number 64-5322M. Dated 6 February 1953.

Blueprints titled “Freon Piping”. These blueprints were to update the piping system for the fans that helped to run the heating and cooling system throughout Watt and Shand. Drawn by York Corporation in Philadelphia, PA for Everts and Overdeer. Drawing number 44-5163-2. Dated 4 March 1955.

 

Series 2, Folder 46 Blueprints titled “BLDG.: Steel for Storage House- Air-Conditioning Unit- Rood of 2nd Fl. Watt and Shand- Lancaster, PA”. These blueprints were to help to make a storage spot for the air conditioning system. Drawn by W.E.M. from A.B. Rote and Company Structural Steel Works in Lancaster, PA. Drawing number E1. Dated 12 July 1955.

 

Series 2, Folder 47 Blueprints titled “New Addition Watt and Shand”. These blueprints were for the update to the sprinkler system throughout the second, third, and fourth floors as well as the attic. Drawn by “Automatic” Sprinkler Corporation of America’s Engineering Department in Youngstown, Ohio. Job number 10258. Dated 9 August 1926.

Blueprints titled “New Addition Watt and Shand”. These blueprints were for the update to the sprinkler system throughout the basement and first floor. Drawn by “Automatic” Sprinkler Corporation of America’s Engineering Department in Youngstown, Ohio. Job number 10258. Dated 9 August 1926.

Blueprints titled “New Addition Watt and Shand”. These blueprints were for the update to the sprinkler system throughout the basement and first floor. Drawn by J.J.F. from “Automatic” Sprinkler Corporation of America’s Engineering Department in Youngstown, Ohio. Job number 10258. Dated 28 July 1924.

Blueprints titled “New Addition Watt and Shand”. These blueprints were for the update to the sprinkler system throughout the second, third, and fourth floors as well as the attic. Drawn by “Automatic” Sprinkler Corporation of America’s Engineering Department in Youngstown, Ohio. Job number 10258. Date unknown.

 

Series 2, Folder 48 Letter to Thomas Shand from Raymond Nuytkens of C.J. Breyer and Associates, Inc. regarding the blueprints that were enclosed for Hager and Bro. Inc. that was to be installed at Park City. Dated 17 October 1969.

Packet of blueprints for Hager and Bro. Inc at Park City. These blueprints were for the layout of the store and where each department would go, patterns of each department, such as elevation, details for each department, such as the placements of light boxes, décor details for each department, escalators, display cases, and the wrapping station. Drawn by C.J. Breyers and Associates, Inc. in New York, New York. Drawing numbers 2W-1 through 2W-26. Dated 24 September 1969.

Packet of blueprints for Hager and Bro. Inc. at Park City. These blueprints were for the layout of the display tables, platform display fixtures, counters, curtains, shelving for the pillows, carpeting, window displays, layouts of each department, and cutting tables for fabric. Drawn by C.J. Breyers and Associates, Inc. in New York, New York. Drawing numbers 2L-1 through 2L-26. Dated 34 September 1969.

Packet of blueprints for Hager and Bro. Inc. at Park City. These blueprints were for gondolas, base units, shelf edges, display sets for each department, train cases, and shelving for each department. Drawn by C.J. Breyer and Associates, Inc. in New York, New York. Drawing numbers 2G-1 through 2G-42. Dated 24 September 1969.

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