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York Heritage Trust asks for help identifying photos

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

This year York's Central Market is celebrating its 125th year and with that anniversary comes some mystery that they need the public's help solving.

Lila Fourhman-Schaull, director of archives at the York Heritage Trust, is looking to fill in the names of some Jane and John Does from a collection of donated photos taken at the York Central Market in the early 1940's.

"Black and White is just a great medium because you start to focus on the content not the colors," said Fourhman-Schaull who spends a lot of time with these photos.

More than 70 years after the photos were taken, the Central Market has become a piece of functional nostalgia in the city. For some, it runs in their blood.

One employee, Gladis Markey, is a staple inside of Central Market. She started working there with her family when she was 9-years-old. She now addresses most customers by name.

Markey, 79, recalls a time when almost everyone inside the market was a member of her family.

They all felt like it - at least.

She says her grandmother used to wake her up for market at 4 a.m. on Saturdays and she plans on staying at the market as long as she has a good mind and her body is able to work.

Markey is exactly the kind of person Fourhman-Schaull is looking for.

"As time passes we lose those people than can identify those pictures," Fourhman-Schaull says.

The exhibit will be open for the next several months or until all within the photos are identified. If you have any information on any of the photos shown contact Lila Fourhman-Schaull at Lfourhman-shaull@yorkheritage.org or call 717-848-1587.

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