One of the hallmarks of early 19th century York PA was the manufacture of some legacy brands in US history.
Can you guess any of them?
The German Pfaltzgraff family began a hundred year run of manufacturing distinctive pottery known world wide.
The York Peppermint Pattie began here, still produced today by the Hershey Company.
The Pullman automobile (pictured here) was manufactured in York including a unique 6 wheeled prototype.
This latter one had a unique niche in the early years of the auto industry as a luxury vehicle. Their advertising slogan was "Not only the best at the price but the best at any price".
Wow, do you think the advertising world has evolved since then?
Their primary competition was the famous Ford Model T that sold for about $500. The Pullman priced their car at 3 to 6 times that based on the model.
The Pullman Auto Company tried to emulate the quality and luxury of the well knows rail car by the company of the same name. However, the Pullman Auto company had not relation to the rail car company.
One of their most innovate attempts was a 6 car model featured above. However, there were safety issues at higher speeds and after much testing the company withdrew their breakthrough design and settled on a more conventional 4 wheel model.
One of the more remarkable feats was a different Pullman model that made one of the first cross country trips. The company wanted to demonstrate it's luxury car and price was well worth it due to it's reliability.
This trip was done on the breakthrough Lincoln highway that went from York to San Francisco. While we take it for granted today it's important to realize they did the round trip in 1 month on road that was not fully organized or completed yet.
We recognize York's early manufacturing prowess in the intro to our latest video.