In my travels to local “junk” stores, I’ve seen all types of vintage advertising from York County, Pennsylvania businesses. Some of the common examples are bottle openers, ball-point pens, and ashtrays while a few unusual pieces I’ve seen have been cloth flyswatters and early 1900s metal dustpans.
An item I recently purchased caused me to chuckle after considering the business it came from and what the item was:
Do you associate ice cream and funeral homes?
OK, I can understand an ice cream scoop coming from a home furnishing store, but the funeral home connection made me chuckle. As I recall, every other piece of funeral home advertising in my collection are hand fans, so this scoop is a welcome addition.
A glance at Geiple’s history…
Over the years, the business remained in family hands and continued as a furniture store and funeral home. In 1982, the business split into two separate entities. Geiple Furniture remained in business until 1993, but Geiple Funeral Home continues to operate today.
Geiple Funeral Home has been maintained by the same family since it began and is currently the oldest continuously family-operated funeral home in the York County area. We wish them luck and hope they have many more years of service to the community.
What types of unusual advertising have you encountered while exploring area junk stores?
- The Shindler Funeral Home was owned and operated by my distant cousin. Like Geiples, it also sold furniture when first opened.