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Friday, December 28, 2012

1946: WEST STATE AND WARREN STREET

I have a tremendous soft spot for photos of the downtown Trenton of my youth. It is truly an wonderful experience to maximize the size of these beautiful Maxwell photos. With a bit of imagination which is innate in most of us who knew and loved the Trenton of the 30's, 40's and 50's we can spend a few fleeting moments gazing upon a scene that will never again be experienced.

IN 2013 MY DEAR WIFE JUDY AND I WILL REACH THE GOLDEN AGE OF 80. WITH AGING COMES MENTAL LAPSES. WHY AM I TELLING YOU THIS?  

WELL, IN A CLASSIC CASE OF SENILITY, ABSENT-MINDEDNESS, OR JUST PLAIN STUPIDITY, I LABELED THIS PHOTO AS STATE AND WILLOW AND I KNEW AS WELL AS ALL YOU FOLKS WHO CORRECTED ME THAT IT WAS WARREN STREET. 

 THANKS TO ALL YOU FOLKS FOR KEEPING ME HONEST! PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR FUTURE GOOF UPS BY THIS AGING BRAIN! 

5 comments:

RALPH LUCARELLA said...

HI TOM...STATE AND WILLOW IS WHERE I STARTED MY MAIL ROUTE IN THE EARLY 50'S. ALL I HAD WAS W.STATE ST.TO CALHOUND BUT IT WAS THE HEAVIEST MAIL ROUTE IN THE CITY. THE REGULAR CARRIER WAS ON SICK LEAVE SO I WAS SELECTED TO FILL IN. I HANDLED ALL THE MAIL FOR THE STATE, MANY DOCTORS AND POLITICANS AND MOSTLY PROMINENT PEOPLE WHO RECEIVED 3 DELIVERIES A DAY. THE WINTER TIME WAS PRETTY TOUCH WITH THOSE HIGH STEPS IN MOST OF THE BUILDINGS. I MADE OUT FINE DURING THE XMAS HOLIDAYS SO IT TOOK OUT MOST OF THE HARDSHIP OF THE STEPS. I CARRIED THAT ROUTE FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS THEN SWITCHED TO PARCEL POST. IN 1955 MY BROTHER LOU AND I LEFT THE POST OFFICE TO BUILD THE HAMILTON BOWLING LANES ON ROUTE33

Sally Logan Gilman said...

Hi Tom: You know how much I love the shots of downtown Trenton -- I loved walking through there and have wonderful memories of the stores and the atmosphere. It is truly a joy to see the pictures and rekindle the much loved spots of my childhood. I miss it still but thanks to you I can "visit'' often. Regards

Anonymous said...

Tom:

Hate to be a spoil sport, but I would bet my bottom dollar that this photo is mis marked.

It sould be W. State and Warren.
Lookiing East, you see Reid's which was our family jewelers, and always at the same spot.
When elarged, you can see all the way to state & Broad.

Mike Kuzma
With best wishes for the happiest of New Years.

RALPH LUCARELLA said...

YOU'RE SO RIGHT MIKE! NOW THAT I GAVE THE PHOTO A GOOD LOOK, IN MY OLD AGE I'M SEEING THINGS. THAT IS STATE AND WARREN FROM THE LOOKS OF REIDS JEWLERS. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.

rayfromvillapark said...

Hi Tom, I have to agree with Mike Kuzma, this view appears to be East State St, looking East from Warren St. You can see the billboard advertising Coca Cola at State & Broad. Also, the Father & Son shoe store, to the right, is on this block. The very interesting thing for me, is the 1941 Chevrolet, to the right. We had this exact car, and my father's license plate number was LL 25 L, during the war. You kept the same plate during WWII, with just a tab, showing the year. Can't make out all of the letters, on this plate, but it does begin with an L, which I think denoted Mercer County. The 1940 LaSalle, to the left, is an extremely rare Series 52 Convertible Sedan. Total production for this body style was 75 cars. Edith and Archie Bunker sang about the old LaSalle, in their opening theme song; Those were the Days. rayfromvillapark