old amish men

After yesterday’s look into the future, a glance at the past.

hex sign barn lancaster

These images of Lancaster County were adapted from 35mm slides, courtesy of Russ Glasson.

Hex signs, as seen above, are commonly associated with Pennsylvania Dutch culture, though you won’t find them on Amish barns.

amish carriage vintage

These were apparently all taken in 1963.  How different Lancaster County must have looked then.  The county’s population has nearly doubled since.

amish barn raising lancaster

Were barn-raisings more common 50 years ago?  Probably so.  Lancaster’s Amish population has skyrocketed, while farmland has become harder to obtain.

You can find more of Russ’s images on the Flickr website, under “rbglasson”.

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