The takeover of Tamagotchi in 1997; aerial photography 1922 [Lancaster That Was] | History

Excerpts and summaries of news from former Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster New Era and Sunday News magazines that focus on events in the county’s past that are noteworthy, news-worthy or just amazing.

25 years ago

Occasionally there is a passion for toys that seems to take over the landscape of pop culture overnight.

In May 1997, this hobby was Tamagotchi.

Small egg-shaped keychains, which allowed owners to simulate raising a virtual pet with a tiny LCD screen and a few buttons, arrived in Lancaster County just weeks before the May 15 New Age era released an article on the front page about the hobby. .

Tamagotchi flew off store shelves – Toys R Us manager Don Arungwa said the store sold 72 Tamagotchi in one day and has now been sold out. Virtual pet toys were Japanese imports, and Arungwa said local shoppers who read about trendy Tamagotchi had been asking for them even before the store first shipped.

Virtual pets emerged with their share of controversy – since pets could “die” without caring for them constantly, children took them with them to school, where they were distracted by an incessant beep.

Although the Tamagotchi hysteria has passed relatively quickly, virtual pets have since remained on the market in various forms. They have left their mark on pop culture in another way – the term “Tamagotchi effect” describes the tendency of people to emotional attachment to robots or software.

In the headlines:

The shuttle is sent with repair equipment “Mir”.

Celebrities are popular as graduation speakers

Tonight, “Friends” completes the third season

See May 15, 1997, The New Era of Lancaster here.

50 years ago

The 15-year-old was hospitalized on May 15, 1972 after falling 75 feet from a parking lot on Prince Street.

Dennis Hane was believed to be playing on the beams at the top of the spiral garage ramp when he lost his leg and fell to the concrete floor six floors below.

A Lancaster parking administration spokesman said earlier that day a group of teenage boys were being chased from the top floor of the garage. Hane’s friend, 16-year-old Tom Parker, said he was in the garage with Hane at the time of the incident and heard Hane “scream for help.”

Police said Hein landed face down on the concrete. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was in intensive care, ie in a “protective” condition.

In the headlines:

The Supreme Court has ruled that Amish can drop out of school after 8th grade

The United States returns Okinawa to the Japanese

9 killed over weekend in Ulster violence

Check out May 15, 1972, the New Era of Lancaster here.

75 years ago

One woman from Lancaster received flowers for Mother’s Day exceptionally far back in 1947.

Jenny May Carmitchel received two orchids sent by airmail to her daughter Margaret Hoover, who lived in Honolulu.

Hoover’s husband, Harold, spent three years at the U.S. Army base in Hawaii. Margaret Hoover lived there with him for about five months.

In the headlines:

In Stuttgart, the Germans call a strike

Synthetic fluid can be the basis of immunity against tuberculosis

Explosions erupted in areas of Palestine

Check out the Intelligencer Journal of May 15, 1947 here.

This aerial photograph of 1922 shows the West End of Lancaster, which prominently features the Lancaster Theological Seminary, as well as part of Franklin and Marshall College, including the former observatory.

100 years ago

In 1922, the Lancaster Intelligencer published a series of aerial photographs of Lancaster.

The novelty of these photos was clear from the text that accompanied the example from May 15, which became the ninth in the series.

Made by someone referred to simply as “Major Maxwell”, this photograph depicts the grounds of Lancaster Theological Seminary surrounded by the residential streets of the West End of the city, as well as a visible fragment of the Franklin and Marshall College campus, including the former observatory.

“The beautiful arrangement (seminary) of the site is clearly shown,” said the intellectual. Many of the surrounding houses were built recently, making the western part “one of the most beautiful parts of the city”.

In the headlines:

America has asked to talk to European delegates to resolve the Russian issue

The new US Ambassador to Germany is visiting General Allen in Koblenz

Check out May 15, 1922, Lancaster Intelligencer here.

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