Victor “Swifty” Palmer


Photo & Story Submitted by Tim Weikert

Tim Weikert is a lifelong resident of Gettysburg and landscape photographer, focusing on Gettysburg, Adams County, and the surrounding area. His work can be seen at

“I recently found some old prints from a photography class I took circa 1989. This was Swifty Palmer’s fruit stand on West High Street. I’ll never forget it. The assignment was street photography, and I had never asked a stranger if I could take their picture before. As intimidating a figure as Mr. Palmer was, he didn’t even make me ask. As soon as he saw my camera, he grabbed a couple clusters of bananas and struck a pose. The pictures have faded a bit, but the memory hasn’t.”

Did you know?
According to his obituary, Swifty had been an auctioneer for 50 years, fought in World War I in 1918, and “was never without his trademark cigar.”


About Author

Jessica Dean

Born and raised in Adams County, Pennsylvania, Jessica and her husband, Troy, created Celebrate Gettysburg magazine in 2007. Before starting the publication, Jessica was the art director for Frederick Magazine, a successful regional publication based in Frederick, Maryland. She was the president for the AIGA Blue Ridge chapter and has won numerous awards for her graphic design. Always eager to give back to the community, Jessica has helped to promote many local activities and has volunteered her design services to a variety of regional nonprofit organizations. She lives in downtown Gettysburg with her family.

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