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Saturday, March 23, 2013

1947: The 800 block of S. Broad Street

Once again, I have segmented this photo in order to highlight the notable merchants who did business in the then busy 800 block of South Broad Street.

2 comments:

RALPH LUCARELLA said...

HI TOM....DELIVERING MAIL DOWN TOWN WAS ALWAYS ACTIVE TO ME, I GOT TO KNOW A LOT OF FINE PEOPLE AND SOME EVEN GAVE US A BREAK ON THE PRICES. THEY GOT 3 DELIVERIES A DAY AND I WORKED MOST OF THE ROUTES UNTIL I MADE REGULAR. ONCE AGAIN THIS WAS ANOTHER PART OF MY LIFE THAT WAS ENJOYABLE. REGARDS.

SJBill said...

What a great image from when I was a one year old. South Broad was a vibrant business area when I grew up.

Deutz Jewelers had not yet remodeled the store front to the black glass fa├žade. I had no idea that the business originated back in 1860. Mr. Deutz replaced the mainspring of my first watch, an original Howdy Doody watch, which I'm sure was of otherwise excellent quality, especially the leather strap.

Not sure if the sign after that is of South Broad Street Import Store. That business started I think in the 50s.

Down the street is Goldy's, Perlstein's Plumbing, and I can see Sam Abram's Furniture sign.

Further down S. Broad past Hudson Street and barely visible is the sign for Salvatore "Sam" DeLia's La Roma Tomato Pie restaurant - a neighborhood favorite. Oh to taste one of his pies today!

Across the street is Allen's Department Store, which was a great clothing and shoe store, the Glass Bar, and the still standing but vacant Mercer Trust and Trenton Trust building.

Kiddie Town, a children's clothing store was owned by a Mr. Cohen whose son Arnold was a kindergarten classmate.

I'd love to identify the markings on what was Home Furniture. I think you mentioned it was a theater once, making for two theaters in one block. The Victory Theater was on the corner of Hudson Street across from the bank.