Thursday, December 30, 2010
"belly flopping" on my steel runner sled. (Note: I could never afford that "Flexible Flyer.") I have closely watched today's kids, and they are all outfitted with that newfangled molded plastic where they sit on their sled and slide down the hill. Belly flopping is much more exciting and far more fun...a running gallop, an airborne leap in the air with our trusty sled, our bodies following close behind. We land on the sled while in motion, the sled's steel runners skimming through the snow at breakneck speed, and we are on an exhilarating and very speedy ride to the bottom of the hill.
As you can see by the 300,000-plus "hits" on this blog, there are many visitors who are interested in history, genealogy, or just plain love to page through the thousands of posts that have been added to this blog over the past 5 years. Who knows where technology will lead us in this ever-changing era of electronic miracles? It has been my goal to post local interest material ranging from nostalgic to historic, to photos and articles that relate personally to our many visitors. There are literally millions of pages found in the huge (and heavy) volumes in the Hamilton Township Public Library's Local History Collection. Indeed, at my ripe old age of 77 going on 78, the source material will outlive me by many years. Future archivists will add still more, and I suspect succeeding archivists will continue to add to this incredible database of history, nostalgia and other things ephemeral. As I continue on this monumental journey, we will be viewing photos of local people who served in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War, grammar and high school articles and photos, views of our area long before we were here, and other posts calculated to spur your imagination. Unfortunately, my collection ends in the early 1940's. However, you will agree that there are many hidden historic secrets still to be uncovered in my collection of papers that begin in 1868 up to the early 1940's.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Did you know that there was another Bijou theater before this Chambersburg Bijou. Back in the early 20th century another Bijou was located on North Broad near Perry Street. It is complete speculation on my part, but I would bet that the old Garden Theater took up that spot.when the theater closed. The North Broad Street Bijou was a vaudeville theater. Stay tuned. More to come on Trenton's interesting theater history. Look for future posts featuring the "Double B"theater the Nicolette, and others that repose in the deep dark recesses of my "THEATERS-TRENTON" folder.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Many of the eateries, saloons,bars, and restaurants in the above graphic are no longer with us. However, it's fun to look over the list and the depression era prices for a night that I always stayed up to experience.....uhh, wait, let me expand on that statement. I loved to welcome in the New Year with Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians, and that old New Years eve standard, "Should Auld Acquaintance be forgot." I abandoned ship when they decided to bring in Dick Clark, did away with that "treacly" (sugary, syrupy) music, and decided we all wanted a "Rockin' New Years Eve." No thanks, I'll pass on that privilege. I prefer that treacly, syrupy music instead raucous noise.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The old photo of Prospect Presbyterian is from "Trenton Illustrated;" a pictorial treasure with exquisite engravings of scenes in and around Trenton in 1891. Note the un-paved Prospect Street in the foreground. Many old Trenton families attended this beautiful church in the 19th and 20th century. Unfortunately, "white flight" resulted in the Presbyterians abandoning the beautiful historic structure. One wonders if God still abides in the old church with a new religious group has taking over the historic house of worship.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Jake Tarr was a year ahead of me in Hamilton High's Class of 1950. Even then, he was a sports talent, excelling in baseball, soccer, and basketball. I will be posting his obit as soon as I process it. To Jake's family and also to my class of 1951 classmate and brother of Jake, know that he is in our prayers. The graphic above lists those from the class of 1950 who have gone to be with the Lord; may they Rest In Peace.
This page was printed a year before I was born. However, in listening to my Mom and Dad when they were with us, the early 1930's were really tough times for our family and I dare say many families during those years of the Great Depression. The newspapers didn't focus on the depression, rather, they tried to focus on the positive aspects of those dark years. I took the liberty of adding a hearty "MERRY CHRISTMAS" to all the many visitors to this blog. I hope you all have a delightful Christmas day, and a very happy 2011.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Sorry folks, but I am addicted to these ads which list some of the places my Mom and Dad and other of my relatives and friends attended back when the city of Trenton and environs were far different from today. A large beer for a dime, a turkey or steak dinner for a quarter, Ravioli and meat balls at Casa Nova for another quarter, and the beat went on! We were in the depth of the Great Depression and even with those incredibly low prices, many families could ill afford an evening out. Poverty was rampant.
"Toy land, toy land, dear little girl and boy land,
While you are within it, you are ever happy there.
Childhood joy land, dear little girl and boy land,
Once you've passed its portals you may never return again.."
How often we sang that old Victor Herbert song back when I was a boy! Who among my visitors, male and female hasn't experienced the joy of a trip to downtown Trenton to visit Swern's, Goldberg's, Hurley Tobin's, or the numerous other department stores that proliferated in a bustling city? Some years ago, I wrote a column entitled, "No bee bee gun, and that's final." How I wanted that same Daisy air rifle that was coveted on Jean Shepard's "Christmas Story!" Yup, my mom even saw to it that I never got that childhood treasure with the same "you'll put your eye out" story.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Long before the advent of the scanner and comprehensive image editing software, I manually transcribed many hundreds of local articles from my "CHRONOLOGY" collection of Trenton newspapers. The above is one of the many that will be appearing on this blog in future posts. The newspapers such as those cited above were devoid of accompanying graphics or engravings. Accordingly, I have manipulated my imaging software and inserted appropriate photos from the Hamilton Library Local History Collection; in this case the "HAMILTON SQUARE BAPTIST CHURCH" and "HAMILTON SQUARE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH" folders. I hope you agree that we have a timely and historically interesting entry on this blog.
From my very substantial "CHRONOLOGY" folder, this Farmingdale School item which was transcribed from the original copy to an "RT F" word processor file. The Christmas art work and the photo have been added to provide a necessary embellishment.