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Thursday, September 21, 2017

1916: The SWAMP ANGEL NEIGHBORHOOD AS IT LOOKED IN 1916


My friends from Camp Olden Civil War Round Table will enjoy these graphics that how an R.C. Maxwell photograph showing the intersection of Clinton and Lincoln Avenue on a bright sunny day, That young fellow walking in the photo could be a 57 year old Civil War veteran walking only a few feet away to the historic Swamp Angel which was on Perry, Clinton and Lincoln Avenue intersection.
The original of that Maxwell photo was "cloudy" and a bit dark and easily enhanced. I hand colored the Swamp Angel from an 1897 engraving. Truly a beautiful relic of the war between the states.

1912: HAMILTON TERRACE FROM THE "NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT" FOLDER

Years ago I created a "NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT folder in the Hamilton Township Public Library digital Local History Database. Here is a plat map of Hamilton Terrace which is in the Chambers St, Howell, William Street area and was laid out in 1913. The newspaper article was extracted from a 1912 ad advertising homes in that area. FASCINATING!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

1966: A BREATHTAKING VIEW OF "JUNIOR 4;" AKA GRACE DUNN MIDDLE SCHOOL

We should pay full attention to these BEAUTIFUL examples of QUALITY architecture and do all in our power to see that they do not deteriorate and require replacement with glass encrusted replacements. Every time a pass by my original Hamilton High School on So. Clinton Avenue, I realize the quality that was the hallmark of the generation that built these beautiful red brick neighborhood schools. The shameful neglect  of Trenton Central High School, Trenton's most beautiful high school should never have happened.  PREVENTIVE maintenance should have been the order of the day instead of "kicking the can down the road" until the mold, mildew, rust and lack of attention resulted in its demise.

1936: A :"ZOOM IN" EXTRACT SHOWING A VIBRANT STATE AND BROAD ST.



That sign  on the right was the shop of Mr. Leonard Goldenbaum who was the photographer who took the wedding photos of my dear Judy and me back in 1954. "Uncle Leonard" was indeed Judy's uncle and an expert in photography

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

1944: RC. Maxwell's Trenton State and Warren Streets


These will be the final R.C. Maxwell graphics that I will be posting on Facebook, I am going to post these R.C. Maxwell Trenton area photos exclusively here on the Hamilton Township Public Library Local History Website, abiding by the procedure set by the Duke Archive Librarian. Back when I requested the proper way to display their credits in order to obey the copyright rules of "Fair Use" as told to me by the Librarian, who indicated on his return email to me that there was a definite "uptick" in downloads from a number of other local sources, and indeed there was. Due to Facebook graphic size limits does not allow for large over 100 dots per inch graphics.  Using software that can enhance these exquisite photos and allow them to be displayed in screen filling size provides future generations of historians and scholars to get dramatic visual views of the way we lived in the area in years gone by. The aforementioned "uptick" as imparted to me in that email resulted in at least two of Maxwell photos (and probably more) that were posted with no accreditation at all and I want to be sure that I abide by the "Fair Use" doctrine.. I am in the process of trying to find any and all of my few very early posts so they can be properly credited.

1941: TAKE A WALK TO PETE LORENZO'S STEAK HOUSE ON A BRIGHT AND SUNNY SEPTEMBER DAY

These R.C. Maxwell photos are showing up in proliferation on Facebook and most of them are dark and in need of tweaking in order to make a sunshiny day bright,and a cold and gloomy day dark. Here's still another R.C. Maxwell Hartman Collection which is being posted as I was instructed to da by Mr. Joshua Wright of the Hartman Archives with the link and the library "xxx" call number inserted on the bottom of the photo.  The incredible clarity of the photo is typical of the R.C. Maxwell cameraman who has created a pictorial history of both Trenton and Atlantic City along with a few Lawrence, Hamilton and Hightstown photos as they were in years past. My guess is that the Maxwell camera man used an old "Graphlex" or perhaps a German "Rolliflex" camera in order to get such a detailed pristin photograph. 

As to the photo's subject which in this case is the legendary Pete Lorenzo;s, many a political meeting was held over lunch at Pete's as were many industrial and commercial discussions lunches and dinners. Unfortunately Pete's is no longer with us, having been closed and dismantled many years ago. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

1936: A SPLENDID VIEW OF PERRY STREET AT NO..WARREN

What an exciting photo! Herewith an extract from the Duke Library R.C. Maxwell Collection showing the view just in front of St. Mary's Cathedral, looking north. If you look very closely, you will see the Blakely Laundry smokestack in the distance. Note also the "Frigidaire" ad for the coin operated appliance that was a common site in the more affluent areas during the "Great Depression."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

1897: TRENTON LOOKING SOUTH FROM THE SPIRE AT ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL

In 1897, the Daily State Gazette published a 16 page full size supplement entitled "189b INDUSTRIAL EDITION," and it is now well preserved in the Hamilton Township Public Library's Local History Collection, and what a treasure. For years I have been opining about the number of libraries who fell for the "microfilm" conversion of their huge volumes and sold millions of reels to libraries who had no idea at the time that there would be such a thing as digital duplication! In return for ordering those space saving microfilm reels that fit in a small cabinet, the libraries gained much needed space, but time has proven that they should have been preserved. Modern technology allows me to duplicate these incredibly beautiful engravings, photo graphs and articles in as good and many times better than the original. Thankfully our huge 100-plus year collection of Trenton newspapers are taking up half of my local history workshop, but I get a warm and fuzzy feeling every time I think of the treasures I saved for posterity!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

1921: AMERICAN-ITALIANS aka ITALIAN-AMERICANS: A WELL DESERVED HERITAGE

I spent over an hour piecing this graphic together in order to allow for comfortable reading. The original was on the front page of the Trenton Evening Times and on column spanned the entire page from top to bottom with a continuation on page 4 which had the balance of the column spread out over multiple columns. To my Italian-American visitors, you will be proud to read of the remarkable accomplishments your ancestors made when the came to America for a better life. This graphic is quite apropos as we confront differing views on immigration in this 21st century. FASCINATING article and quite informative.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

1915: FAMOUS HOSTELERIES IN TRENTON'S HISTORIC PAST

One subject dear to my heart and at the same time a very fascinating study lies in the history of Trenton's hotels, inns and stage coach stops. The above article is an incredibly interesting look back at the Trenton of the 18th through the early 20th century. Dowling's Hotel in Mill Hill, the legendary Eagle Tavern, the United States Hotel, and COUNTLESS historic inns, taverns and hotels provide interesting insights into the Trenton of old.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TRENTON'S CITY HALL - AN HISTORIC ARCHITECTURAL TREASURE

 The above Duke University R.C. Maxwell Trenton collection is a cut and past of a circa 1923 view of State and Broad as it looked back in the 1920's. This mansard roof edifice was built back in 1837 at the intersection that was then known as Greene and Second Street.
Few people realize that the building came into the possession of Anthony R. and John L. Kuser who ultimately sold it to Benjamin Lissner whose family owned another store in the area. I am looking for the transition from the time the Lissner brothers purchased the building and how it ultimately became the legendary "Yard's" Department Store. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

1952: MY THS CLASS OF 1952 FRIENDS ARE HAVING A REUNION!






1952: It was a very good year! Trenton High's class of 1952 will be hosting their 65th reunion and here is the announcement I have put together for them; requested first by my Facebook buddy Mike Kuzma )who is my Trenton History authority ) and ultimately from Ms. Estelle Scannella who has taken on the awesomely complicated task of organizing the reunion. That intriguingly lovely gal in the photo immediately above was the object of my affection back in my teen years as she made frequent trips to Art and Bonita ("Betty") Sneath's 129 Hartley Avenue home. Ahh, such sweet memories!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

1947: WEST STATE STREET APPROACHING BROAD

Another high definition view of downtown Trenton as it was in 1947. To we old timers, the store signs in view bring some very pleasant memories. Note that these photos are owned by the Duke University Hatman collection of R.C. Maxwell photographs and may be used ONLY for historical research and non commercial purposes. As required, the Duke Library Call number is placed ON THE PHYSICAL photograph.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1930' and 1940's "Golden Agers" will remember this very fondly!

From my Hamilton High Class of 1951 classmate, Bob Shinkle. This treasure from the past when good grooming was a clean shave. As you can see by the column I wrote many years ago, Burma Shave signs were all the rage back when I was a boy

I'm sure that Burma Shave actually saved some lives.  People laughed and then were more careful! It was a REAL "service" to America, even though it was an advertisement and it was one of the
RARE "really useful" ones!

To My Old-As-Dirt Friends and Relatives who qualify as "old as dirt."

For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's and '40's.
Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old 2 lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers' fields.  They were small red signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each containing 1 line of a 4 line couplet' and the obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream.

Little Bo Peep
  Has lost her Jeep
    It struck a truck
      When she fell asleep
           Burma Shave.
A man, a miss,
  A car a curve.
     He kissed the miss,
        And missed the curve.
                 Burma Shave.

DON'T STICK YOUR ELBOW
OUT SO FAR
  IT MAY GO HOME
   IN ANOTHER CAR.
      Burma Shave

TRAINS DON'T WANDER
  ALL OVER THE MAP
   'CAUSE NOBODY SITS
     IN THE ENGINEER'S LAP.
        Burma Shave

SHE KISSED THE HAIRBRUSH
  BY MISTAKE
    SHE THOUGHT IT WAS
      HER HUSBAND JAKE.
         Burma Shave

DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD
  TO GAIN A MINUTE
    YOU NEED YOUR HEAD
      YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT.
         Burma Shave

DROVE TOO LONG
  DRIVER SNOOZING
    WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
      IS NOT AMUSING.
        Burma Shave

BROTHER SPEEDER
  LET'S REHEARSE
    ALL TOGETHER
      GOOD MORNING, NURSE.
         Burma Shave

CAUTIOUS RIDER
  TO HER RECKLESS DEAR
    LET'S HAVE LESS BULL
      AND A LITTLE MORE STEER.
        Burma Shave

SPEED WAS HIGH
  WEATHER WAS NOT
    TIRES WERE THIN
      X MARKS THE SPOT.
        Burma Shave

THE MIDNIGHT RIDE
  OF PAUL FOR BEER
    LED TO A WARMER
      HEMISPHERE.
         Burma Shave

AROUND THE CURVE
  LICKETY-SPLIT
    BEAUTIFUL CAR
      WASN'T IT?
         Burma Shave

NO MATTER THE PRICE
  NO MATTER HOW NEW
    THE BEST SAFETY DEVICE
      IN THE CAR IS YOU.
        Burma Shave

A GUY WHO DRIVES
  A CAR WIDE OPEN
    IS NOT THINKIN'
      HE'S JUST HOPIN'.
        Burma Shave

AT INTERSECTIONS
  LOOK EACH WAY
    A HARP SOUNDS NICE
      BUT IT'S HARD TO PLAY.
        Burma Shave

BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL
  EYES ON THE ROAD
    THAT'S THE SKILLFUL
      DRIVER'S CODE.
        Burma Shave

THE ONE WHO DRIVES
  WHEN HE'S BEEN DRINKING
    DEPENDS ON YOU
      TO DO HIS THINKING.
        Burma Shave

CAR IN DITCH
  DRIVER IN TREE
    THE MOON WAS FULL
      AND SO WAS HE.
        Burma Shave

PASSING SCHOOL ZONE
  TAKE IT SLOW
    LET OUR LITTLE
      SHAVERS GROW.
        Burma Shave

AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE…

SPRING HAS SPRUNG
  THE GRASS HAS RIS'
    WHERE LAST YEARS'
       CARELESS DRIVERS' IS…
          Burma Shave

Do these bring back any old memories?
If not, you're merely a child.
If they do - then you're old as dirt.
LIKE ME! I loved reading them.