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Friday, June 08, 2012

1947: BRUNSWICK AND PHILLIPS AVENUE IN TRETON

I seldom went into the neighborhoods and streets in 1949 when I was only 16 years old. I did make numerous visits to the old McKinley Hospital on Brunswick Avenue and Fuld Street.

Anonymous said...

And a year before, in "48", I was delivered in the old McKinley Hospital. That gas station is now a car lot and the Rustic, was a bar where "Queen Trinket" performed in her later days. Behind you would be Jimmie's Barber Shop on the corner of Fuld and Brunswick and then the Original Mike's Steak & Tomato Pie. Just ahead on Paul and Brunswick would be Bernie's Schwinn (later on Route 33) and the factory was the Trenton Pipe and Nipple Company. Lurking in the background were the PSE&G gas storage tanks that rose and fell as the tanks filled.

Ed Millerick

SJBill said...

I don't know where to file this memory - pleasant or otherwise.
Back in the 50s - 60s the Texaco station was gone, but the little white building remained as (Johnny) Sabatini's Used Car sales. I bought my first care, a red (with white top and trim) 57 Pontiac Star Chief convertible from this place. It had a big 347 V-8 and a 4-bbl carb.

Fast.

The letters P-O-N-T-I-A-C on the trunk lid spelled P-I-N-O-C-A-T.

The car had two unusual features: a left cracked left rear leaf spring and a blown head gasket, neither of which would Mr. Sabatini consider fixing.

"You bought what you bought!" I can hear those words to this day.

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Anonymous said...

And a year before, in "48", I was delivered in the old McKinley Hospital. That gas station is now a car lot and the Rustic, was a bar where "Queen Trinket" performed in her later days. Behind you would be Jimmie's Barber Shop on the corner of Fuld and Brunswick and then the Original Mike's Steak & Tomato Pie. Just ahead on Paul and Brunswick would be Bernie's Schwinn (later on Route 33) and the factory was the Trenton Pipe and Nipple Company. Lurking in the background were the PSE&G gas storage tanks that rose and fell as the tanks filled.

Ed Millerick

SJBill said...

I don't know where to file this memory - pleasant or otherwise.
Back in the 50s - 60s the Texaco station was gone, but the little white building remained as (Johnny) Sabatini's Used Car sales. I bought my first care, a red (with white top and trim) 57 Pontiac Star Chief convertible from this place. It had a big 347 V-8 and a 4-bbl carb.

Fast.

The letters P-O-N-T-I-A-C on the trunk lid spelled P-I-N-O-C-A-T.

The car had two unusual features: a left cracked left rear leaf spring and a blown head gasket, neither of which would Mr. Sabatini consider fixing.

"You bought what you bought!" I can hear those words to this day.

SJBill said...

My meoray fogged out on teh dealer name. It was Santini Motors. Sabatini owned a garage in the Burg.

Sorry, Tom, I do not recall Mitchel Bissel (but that doesn't mean much).

BTW, my Dad used to buy his roofing materials from Mercer Hardware and Roofing supply down the road a bit at Brunswick and Evans St. Looks as though that building has bit the dust recently.

That business was owned by the Olinsky (or Olin) family.

rayfromvillapark said...

Hi Tom, Your memory serves you well. Motor Sales and Service, was the De Soto-Plymouth dealership for the Trenton area. It took up the whole block of Brunswick Ave, between Evans Ave. and Race St. It was a huge building, with a large showroom, and Service entrances on Evans Ave. I say, was, because, I was told recently, that the building was demolished. Their used car lot, was on the Race St end of the block. Neat old building. Also, if you blow up the photo of Brunswick Ave., way down on the left, you can see a portion of a sign, which in it's entirety says Mercer Motor Co. another of the many used car dealers in the city. A small lot with light bulbs hanging from the wooden sign surrounding the property, lit at night to illuminate the cars.

Anonymous said...

Mitchell Bissel tile and another factory were at the rail tracks that ran to the north of McKinley (at Heil Avenue); across from the hospital was Fink's Floral that also sold exotic fish. Oh, the paint store of note in the ad was on the corner of Spruce and Brunswick. Tom, with the exception of the one noted, there were no other car dealers in that neighborhood. The "tracks" was the dividing line between the "Little Burg", which was served by Saint James, and the Polish section of Saint Hedwigs.

Ed Millerick