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Berks County PA - Regional History Collection - Reading Directories (1933-1959)

Berks County PA - Regional History Collection - Reading Directories (1933-1959)

PA-Genealogy

  • 2000


This is a collection of various historical and genealogical reference works on Pennsylvania. These references cover 1000's of individuals, and are an excellent way to start or continue research focused on PA.

This material was scanned from original publications and will be provided as PDFs. You will receive an email with the download link after purchasing online. These files can be read using many PDF reader programs (Windows / Mac / Linux), however Adobe Reader or Acrobat are recommended. Unless notes, each of these files are text-searchable.

Boyd's Reading City Directory 1933 (W. H. Boyd Co. Inc., 1933, 960 pages)
This is a resident and business directory of Reading and vicinity, Berks County, PA for the year 1933. According to the title page this directory also contains information on Berkshire Heights, Hyde Crest, Hyde Park, Hyde Villa, Kenhorst, Laureldale, Mt. Penn, Pennside, Shillington, Springmont, West Lawn, West Reading, West Wyomissing, and Wyomissing. The directory information is present in several ways; first is a section of classified ads for local businesses. Next is the regular directory, listing residents and businesses alphabetically and providing the name of the primary resident, occupation, mate's name and street address. Following this is a street by street directory listing residents and businesses by numerical street address, then is a classified business directory listing area business by trade. The last section contains Rural Route listings for areas outside Greater Reading.

Boyd's Reading City Directory 1934 (W. H. Boyd Co. Inc., 1934, 944 pages)
This is a resident and business directory of Reading and vicinity, Berks County, PA for the year 1934. According to the title page this directory also contains information on Berkshire Heights, Hyde Crest, Hyde Park, Hyde Villa, Kenhorst, Laureldale, Mt. Penn, Pennside, Shillington, Springmont, West Lawn, West Reading, West Wyomissing, and Wyomissing. The directory information is present in several ways; first is a section of classified ads for local businesses. Next is the regular directory, listing residents and businesses alphabetically and providing the name of the primary resident, occupation, mate's name and street address. Following this is a street by street directory listing residents and businesses by numerical street address, then is a classified business directory listing area business by trade. The last section contains Rural Route listings for areas outside Greater Reading.

Boyd's Reading City Directory 1935 (W. H. Boyd Co. Inc., 1935, 940 pages)
This is a resident and business directory of Reading and vicinity, Berks County, PA for the year 1935. According to the title page this directory also contains information on Berkshire Heights, Hyde Crest, Hyde Park, Hyde Villa, Kenhorst, Laureldale, Mt. Penn, Pennside, Shillington, Springmont, West Lawn, West Reading, West Wyomissing, and Wyomissing. The directory information is present in several ways; first is a section of classified ads for local businesses. Next is the regular directory, listing residents and businesses alphabetically and providing the name of the primary resident, occupation, mate's name and street address. Following this is a street by street directory listing residents and businesses by numerical street address, then is a classified business directory listing area business by trade. The last section contains Rural Route listings for areas outside Greater Reading.

Boyd's Reading City Directory 1936 (W. H. Boyd Co. Inc., 1936, 1032 pages)
This is a resident and business directory of Reading and vicinity, Berks County, PA for the year 1936. According to the title page this directory also contains information on Berkshire Heights, Hyde Crest, Hyde Park, Hyde Villa, Kenhorst, Laureldale, Mt. Penn, Pennside, Shillington, Springmont, West Lawn, West Reading, West Wyomissing, and Wyomissing. The directory information is present in several ways; first is a section of classified ads for local businesses. Next is the regular directory, listing residents and businesses alphabetically and providing the name of the primary resident, occupation, mate's name and street address. Following this is a street by street directory listing residents and businesses by numerical street address, then is a classified business directory listing area business by trade. The last section contains Rural Route listings for areas outside Greater Reading.

Boyd's Reading Directory 1937 (R. L. Polk & Co., 1937, 308 pages)
This is a resident and business directory of Reading and vicinity, Berks County, PA for the year 1937. This directory also contains information on Berkshire Heights, Hyde Park, Hyde Ville, Hyde Crest, Kenhorst, Laureldale, Mohnton, Mt. Penn, North Fairview, Pennside, Reiffton, Shillington, Sinking Spring, South Temple, Springmont, Stony Creek, Temple, West Lawn, West Reading, West Wyomissing and Wyomissing. The directory information is present in two ways; first as a numeric street directory listing addresses numerically by street. This sections list simply the street address, primary resident and telephone number (if applicable) for each household and business. Secondly, there is a telephone directory for Reading and vicinity listing residents numerically by telephone number.

Boyd's Reading City Directory 1939 (R. L. Polk & Co., 1939, 1186 pages)
This is a resident and business directory of Reading and vicinity, Berks County, PA for the year 1939. According to the title page this directory also contains information on Greenfields, Hyde Crest, Hyde Park, Hyde Villa, Laureldale, Mt. Penn, Pennside, Shillington, Springmont, West Lawn, West Reading, West Wyomissing, Wyomissing, and Wyomissing Hills. The directory information is present in several ways; first, the regular directory lists residents and businesses alphabetically and provides the name of the primary resident, occupation, mate's name and street address. Following this is a numeric street directory listing addresses numerically by street. This sections also lists telephone numbers for those addresses that had them. Lastly, there is a separate classified business directory of the Reading area.

Boyd's Reading City Directory 1945 (R. L. Polk & Co., 1945, 1344 pages)
This is a resident and business directory of Reading and vicinity, Berks County, PA for the year 1945. According to the title page this directory also contains information on Greenfields, Hyde Crest, Hyde Park, Hyde Villa, Laureldale, Mt. Penn, Pennside, Shillington, Springmont, West Lawn, West Reading, West Wyomissing, Wyomissing, and Wyomissing Hills. The directory information is present in several ways; first, the regular directory lists residents and businesses alphabetically and provides the name of the primary resident, occupation, mate's name and street address. Following this is a classified business directory of the Reading area. Then there is a numeric street directory listing residents and businesses in order of street address. This sections also lists telephone numbers for those addresses that had them.

Cross Reference Directory of Reading and Vicinity
July 1952 (City Publishing Company, 1952, 511 pages)
This is a cross reference directory of Reading, Berks County, PA and its vicinity. The directory information is listed in two ways; one as a numeric street directory and two, as a numeric telephone directory. The first section is the numeric street directory. It is grouped by town and then arranged alphabetically by street, and then numerically by street address. For each street address, the resident and telephone number are listed. The second section is the numeric telephone directory. It is arranged by town and lists all telephone numbers numerically for that specific area. The resident's name is also listed with the telephone number.

Towns Included:
Alsace Manor, Berkshire Greens, Bernharts, Bernsville, Bern Twp., Birdsboro, Boyertown, Country Club, Cumru Twp., Esterly, Fairview, Fleetwood, Fritztown, Glenside, Gouglersville, Greenfields, Greenfields Acres, Grill, Hamburg, Hyde Crest, Hyde Park, Hyde Villa, Jacksonwald, Kenhorst, Kutztown, Laureldale, Lincoln Park, Long Terrace, Lower Alsace Twp., Melrose, Millmont, Mohnton, Montrose, Mt. Penn, Muhlenberg Park, Northmont, Penndale, Pennside, Pennwyn, Reading, Reading Gardens, Reiffton, Ridge Park, Riverdale, Riveredge Acres, Riverview Park, Shillington, Sinking Springs, South Temple, Spring Crest Ct., Springmont, Springs Twp., Spring Valley, St. Lawrence, Stony Creek Mills, Temple, Temple Heights, Wernersville, West Lawn, West Reading, West Wyomissing, Wyomissing, Wyomissing Hills

Polk's Greater Reading City Directory 1955 (R. L. Polk & Co., 1955, 1096 pages)
This is a resident and business directory of Reading and vicinity, Berks County, PA for the year 1955. According to the title page this directory also contains information on Greenfields, Hyde Crest, Hyde Park, Hyde Villa, Kenhorst, Laureldale, Mt. Penn, Pennside, Shillington, Springmont, West Lawn, West Reading, West Wyomissing, Wyomissing, and Wyomissing Hills. The directory information is present in several ways; first is the residential directory, listing residents and businesses alphabetically and providing the name of the primary resident, occupation, mate's name and street address. Next is a section of classified business ads for local businesses, then a classifield business directory listing businesses by trade. Following this is a numeric street directory listing residents and businesses in order of street address. This sections also lists telephone numbers for those addresses that had them.

Polk's Greater Reading City Directory 1957 (R. L. Polk & Co., 1957, 1148 pages)
This is a resident and business directory of Reading and vicinity, Berks County, PA for the year 1957. According to the title page this directory also contains information on Greenfields, Hyde Crest, Hyde Park, Hyde Villa, Kenhorst, Laureldale, Lincoln Park, Montrose Manor, Mt. Penn, Muhlenberg Park, Pennside, Shillington, Springmont, West Lawn, West Reading, West Wyomissing, Wyomissing, and Wyomissing Hills. The directory information is present in several ways; first is a section of classified ads for local businesses of the Reading area, followed by a classified business directory listing businesses by trade. Then comes the regular directory, listing residents and businesses alphabetically and providing the name of the primary resident, occupation, mate's name and street address. Following this is a numeric street directory listing residents and businesses in order of street address. This sections also lists telephone numbers for those addresses that had them.

Polk's Greater Reading City Directory 1958 (R. L. Polk & Co., 1958, 1220 pages)
This is a resident and business directory of Reading and vicinity, Berks County, PA for the year 1958. According to the title page this directory also contains information on Greenfields, Hyde Crest, Hyde Park, Hyde Villa, Kenhorst, Laureldale, Lincoln Park, Montrose Manor, Mt. Penn, Muhlenberg Park, Pennside, Shillington, Springmont, West Lawn, West Reading, West Wyomissing, Wyomissing, and Wyomissing Hills. The directory information is present in several ways; first is a classified business directory of the Reading area. Then comes the regular directory, listing residents and businesses alphabetically and providing the name of the primary resident, occupation, mate's name and street address. Following this is a numeric street directory listing residents and businesses in order of street address. This sections also lists telephone numbers for those addresses that had them.

Polk's Greater Reading City Directory 1959 (R. L. Polk & Co., 1959, 1438 pages)
This is a resident and business directory of Reading and vicinity, Berks County, PA for the year 1959. According to the title page this directory also contains information on Greenfields, Hyde Crest, Hyde Park, Hyde Villa, Kenhorst, Laureldale, Lincoln Park, Montrose Manor, Mt. Penn, Muhlenberg Park, Pennside, Shillington, Springmont, West Lawn, West Reading, West Wyomissing, Wyomissing, and Wyomissing Hills. The directory information is present in several ways; first is a section of classified ads for local businesses of the Reading area, followed by a classified business directory listing businesses by trade. Then comes the regular directory, listing residents and businesses alphabetically and providing the name of the primary resident, occupation, mate's name and street address. Following this is a numeric street directory listing residents and businesses in order of street address. This sections also lists telephone numbers for those addresses that had them.