Christmas Greeting and a Special Gift


Just wanted to take a moment to wish all of you the happiest and most blessed Christmas ever! Take time to cherish the memories of the Christmases of your youth, the pride in your heritage, and the love of the town that built us ….. DUQUESNE!!  


As a special treat, I am posting access to the December 23, 1958 issue of Manger2the Duquesne Times. It contains pages of Christmas greetings from many merchants and businesses that existed in Duquesne and the surrounding areas. In order to view the paper, click on the link below. (Since this is my first time trying to post this type of link, if you are unable to connect and view the paper, my apologies. If you ARE able to connect and view the paper, enjoy your journey back!)

Click here ->   1958_1223

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14 Responses to Christmas Greeting and a Special Gift

  1. Cliff Warner says:

    Just reviewed your “Christmas Special” Just a wonderful stroll down memory lane . Thanks again Jim.

  2. Jack Schalk says:

    I hope that everyone had a great family Christmas and wishing that you attain your dreams for the new year.
    Jim, may all your efforts bring wonderful results. You have done well for all of us!

  3. Lolly says:

    Jim, I am so very proud of you and what you have accomplished by writing your wonderful blog about growing up in Duquesne, PA. You continue to touch the lives of so many people – in more ways than you’ll ever know. Thank you for sharing your nostalgic gifts with all of us! Happy New Year!!!

  4. Barry Long says:

    Jim:Happy New Year thanks for all the work you do reconnecting us together again.

  5. Lisa Robertson says:

    Thank you much for all of your wonderful stories from the past. I lost my only son this year in November, so I have spent much of this Christmas Season remembering the past. Even though I have not lived in South-western Pa. for many years, both my son and I were born in Mckeesport Hospital, me in 1957 and him in 1978, so I still consider that area as my home. Keep on writing, and I hope you had a very Merry Christmas.

  6. Dave Forgash says:

    Thanks for all the memories. The 1958 Duquesne Times brings back so many more good memories. I am sure many of your readers had visited, past by, know the location and perhaps the families of the the merchants in the Holiday Ads. I can still see those businesses just as I can recall the youthful faces of those I grew up with and went to school with no matter if they were a few years ahead or a few years behind, I can still see them beeming laughing working and enjoying our town and traditions that you have so religiously helped us all to recall and that means so much to all of us. You provided a forum where old friends have connected, now how cool is that!? You remind us of our roots, traditions, and to hear and read about so many successful people that came from that old Steel Town, Duquesne, Pa (and the surrounding area) can make us look back and be very proud.

    Wishing you and yours and All your followers a Very Happy New Year.

  7. Maryanne Matusovic Lasko says:

    Thanks for the wonderful memories. May you and yours have a very blessed Christmas. from a 1963 Duquesne graduate – Maryanne Matusovic

    • John aka Jack Berta DHS '62 says:

      Merry Christmas Maryanne! What wonderful memories return reading Jim’s posts especially those of growing up in our Crawford School neighborhood. Email me at if you like. It would be nice.

  8. Bob Chermonitz says:

    Merry Christmas to my favorite Duquesne Hunky! Thanks for all you’ve done to keep us all together. Since we can’t actually visit the old city of our youth it’s good to know you’ve shown us a way to relieve it in our hearts.

  9. Michael Ferchak says:

    Once again, thanks for the memories, Jim, and sincere wishes for a blessed Christmas

  10. John Nagy says:

    Jim, Thanks for the great memories. I attended Duquesne High School while W Mifflin North High was being built. I got hair cuts at the Ideal Barber Shop, got hardware at Levines, ate at Paule’s Lookout, bought flowers at Koprivers, played little league baseball for Tarry’s Service Station, and my parents bought our televisions from Groves.

    John Nagy

  11. Jean Welty says:

    Thank you for posting this. Many familiar names! We all appreciate what you do and look forward to your posts. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Jean (Kwietinskas) Welty, Williamsport, Pa. – DHS Class of 1958

    Sent from my iPad


  12. says:

    Thanks for all your labors of love on this. This was great. I really liked those car insurance rates, wish we could still get them.

    I actually remembered a few of those businesses.

  13. Kinndes says:

    Merry Christmas to you from sunny Duquesne Place! Thank you for helping us remember the wonderful city of our youth! Becky Wahly Woolsey

    Sent from my iPhone


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