April 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM
If you are searching for pieces of Lower Providence Township history, you might want to start at your very own keyboard. A quick perusal of the popular, international online auction website, eBay, shows that some of the past is right here, lingering in the future.
One such item up for sale doesn’t take a long trip down memory lane. A Lower Providence Police Department (LPPD) shoulder patch dated around 1990 is up for sale. The three-by-three-inch embroidered cloth badge likely used to don a police officer’s uniform.
Up for sale by “ParaLegalEliot13,” who has 100 percent positive feedback, the item is currently listed under “Buy It Now” for $24.95. Auction buyers might also select to “Make an Offer” on the item to place a bid with the seller. Shipping for the badge is listed at $2.32 for standard shipping.
Those looking to dive in a little deeper might want to check out a used book, also being sold on the popular website. “A Bicentennial History of Lower Providence Township,” is up for sale for just $5.95 on eBay. It is listed as an item to “But It Now” and offers free shipping via the seller, “FairDealDonn” who has 100 percent positive feedback from 579 reviewing users.
The book, which totals 84 pages, was printed in 1976 to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial. It was printed in Phoenixville by Levy Printing. It is listed in “good” condition.
The history doesn’t stop there. Last but not least, real history buffs in the township might want to take a good look at a map of the township. The antique printed map is dated 1871, when the township still had boundaries much like they appear today. For $49.99, the map has sketched upon it landmarks such as the Perkiomen Bridge, Mount Kirk, Providence Square, Whetherill’s Corner, Shannonville and Evansburg. The map is hand-colored and not a print replica, according to its description. It dates from the 1871 Hopkins Atlas of Montgomery County. It is said to measure 13.5 by 15.5 inches, per its written description.
Its seller is offering a “Buy It Now” feature with $3.75 for standard shipping on top of the sale price. The seller, named “GreyPilgrimBooksAndMaps” has 99.6 percent positive feedback from 39,736 reviewing users.
For more information on the historic items for sale, visit eBay.com and search the name of the municipality or click on the hyperlinks above. Happy history shopping, LP residents!