Aging has its good and bad moments. One of the bad ones involves our daily look to the obituary page of the morning newspaper. We senior citizens remember in our younger years seeking the wedding announcement section of the daily paper to see which of our classmates tied the knot. Now we check the obits to see if we know anyone who has gone to be with the Lord. Some of those obits touch a warm spot in my heart. Above is the 1944 photo of my cousin Charlie Gaudette whose dad (my Uncle) was the Superintendent of Trenton's War Memorial building for so many years. Charlie was movie star handsome and Mom Glover used to say he had a remarkable resemblance to MGM's Peter Lawford. Rest in peace, Charlie. You were still another tribute to those who were members of the legendary "GREATEST GENERATION.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
Once again, R.C. Maxwell comes through with this incredibly in focus photo of Wittman's at 33 E. State Street in Trenton. Included is an ad I found in the "BUSINESSES-TRENTON" folder and brought the duo together to form a pretty nice example of this particular Trenton merchant's organization.
To a hopeless romantic such as I, visions of dark walnut paneling and deep maroon Victorian wallpaper would be part of the ambiance that would be found in this Victorian pool hall. The ad has been extracted from my "BUSINESSES-TRENTON" folder and superimposed on this splendid photo of the first block of East State Street. Note that the photo is dated 1921 and the ad from 1907.
Reading this interesting article on what appears to be the formal founding of the Historical Society of Trenton also suggests that it may be the genesis of Trenton's renowned "Trentoniana" collection. I could find no concrete information of a formal establishment of the society until I uncovered the above article. However, there are numerous articles from the 1840's indicating that there was some form of a society even back then. I have always had an abiding love for the city of my youth. Trenton had a very unfortunate setback in the 1960's when much of the town was plunged into social unrest with rioting, looting and what turned out to be irreversible destruction.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Today, the imposing J.B.Van Sciver building on South Broad Street occupies the site of the late, great Roseland dance palace.One can easily have a mental visualization of a 1920's "Flapper" girl on the arm of a boy as they enter for and evening of dancing. Perhaps the young man has a flask of illegal hootch in his breast pocket after paying a fast visit to one of the many local Trenton speakeasies in the area.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Another exquisite view of State and Broad looking north taken during the second decade of the 20th century. The old City Hall is on the immediate right. This photo has been modified from the original by zeroing inn the scene above, sharpening the image, tweaking the signs along the street, and lastly, bringing the dental office sign on the side of city hall into better legibility via Photo Shop.
Unfortunately, these photos cannot be viewed full screen on those that I am posting on Facebook. They are spectacular here on "Blogger." To view this photo full screen, right click "Open link in New Window." a magnifying glass icon will appear. Click on it and you should get the full screen version. On my 19 inch "all in one: computer monitor, you feel like you uare a part of the crowd on the streets. Watch out for those Model "T" Fords!
This old church was founded in 1858 and prior to construction of this edifice, Sunday services were held in the old City Hall building now standing on the North East corner of State and Broad Streets.
I'm so very proud of my daughter! Not only did she inherit those Glover-Britton genes, she included her love of music and the practice of enjoying life to the fullest. An accomplished runner with her husband Joe, along with cross county skiing, and for the past few years an instructor in the very heart and physical healthy art of "Spinning." Love 'ya "Sis!"
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Just found your scrapbook and I will be up all night now! Thanks so very much for bringing back the memories. 'These were the days , my friend, we thought they'd never end'... (Class of '61, Steinert)
Here's another pair of zoomed photo that will place you smack dab in the middle of South Broad Street as you approach Front and then Broad Street. A bit of sign enhancement on that "Hamilton Jeweler" sign and clarifying the feature move at the RKO Capitol gives an incredible view of Trenton as it was nearly 80 years ago. I have also digitized the other side of the street and it is in the photo below.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
I have carefully digitized and included in my Hamilton Township Public Library Local History Collection which is being added to on a regular basis. I am also going to post it on Facebook, but the size of the map will probably not be as vibrant and legible as it is here at www.glover320.blogspot.com.
Friday, March 20, 2015
This zoomed in photo gives the viewer the feeling that he or she had better get out of the middle of the street. The cars in these photos are completely fascinating as we see them as they were during their "prime." Once again, the signage and dark shadows have been tweaked in order to bring out the fullest legibility. I leave it to our auto expert Ray Paskiewicz to identify that car in the center of the photo with the two piece front bumper. He will also be able to identify most of those in the photo that are visible enough to identify.
Since I discovered these Duke University photos 6 months or so ago, I have found that working on them reminds me of the years I spent at Juanita Crosby's Bordentown art class back in the 1960's. This time, I am gazing at a photograph rather than one of my pastel or pen and ink drawings. This photo has been carefully enhanced as PhotoShop allows me to zero in on the signage and bring it into full legibility. The policeman's jacket was all black and a slight tweak brought contrast. All of which gives us an incredibly beautiful photo of Trenton's West State Street as it was some 80 years ago. As I work on these Maxwell "canvases," I am magically feel a part of the scene.
What a delightful photo! Roseland, 162 South Broad Street is directly across the street from the historic J.B. Van Sciver building. The article describes the dance hall which was apparently a luxurious venue for song and dance.
This full page DAILY TRUE AMERICAN graphic is a challenge to one's ocular abilities, but my 81 year old eyes are able to discern the text albeit marginal. The city of Trenton has so much to offer to the public with its countless points of interest from Riverview Cemetery on the west, Battle Monument on the north, St. Michael's P.E. church, the historic Mill Hill area and center city with its numerous historic venues. The above graphic is page 1 of 4. I will eventually get to the other 3 pages as time allows.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
My dear wife Judy and I spent many happy years as a parishioner at Sacred Church in the Mill Hill section of Trenton. Indeed, there are nearly 450 various photos and news articles which relate to that wonderful old Trenton church. Sacred Heart parish (not church) is the oldest parish in the state of N.J. Additionally, the Mill Hill area in which Sacred Heart is located is also of special interest to me. There are over 200 files relating to that historic Trenton neighborhood,.
This garage was located on East State Street between Monmouth and Chambers Street. The photo in black and white shows the company which dates back to 1930. Below is the building as it is today; a mere shadow of its former glory.
These two photos puzzled me until I did a bit of research relating to Trenton's very unfortunate attempt to be the rubber capital of America. Akron's Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., was instrumental in taking that title to Akron Ohio when it sued one of our rubber companies for patent infringement and won. Even so, Trenton had a respectable number of rubber companies; two of which are illustrated in the graphic above. As can be seen in the article posted next to the two photos, the Empire Rubber Co.went bankrupt and was taken over by Mr. E.C. Murray who established the Murray Rubber Company. Apparently the Maxwell company furnished the signage for both companies as is seen in the graphics above. The plant was located on North Clinton Avenue near its intersection with Nottingham Way and Mulberry Street.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
A few posts ago I posted the home of Walter P. Wilson who set up a printing company on this, the site of a prominent Trenton physician. That beautiful building in the background is presented here in enough clarity you can plainly see the "writing on the wall" of this location of Rider College back in the early 20th century. In the ensuing years, Rider College has morphed into Rider University and I am proud to say that my granddaughter Jessica Saiia was on the Dean's list.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Here's a good example of what historians do as we attempt to tie two or more documents into a complete subject:
The photo shows the new home of the Wilson printing company. It was located on E. State Street in close proximity to Rider College. The photo is an R.C. Maxwell photo. A quick search of my records turned up the accompanying article which I posted next to the company's new home. As can be seen in the article, it was the home of one of Trenton's more prominent physicians,
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Note: I originally dated this erroneously from another Maxwell photo. The correct date is changed in the photo to 1946. Thanks to Ray Paskiewicz who was kind enough to advise me of the error. Ray, you know I was caught napping and you also know that I know there was quite a difference in 1930's autos as opposed to the 1940's
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I remember the outrage expressed by many of the population back in the 1930's when the motion picture "Ecstasy" was brought to the screen. It was the talk of the town when the scene shows the very beautifil Hedy Lamar swimming completely in the nude with ripples of the water blurring out any details. There was just enough to be seen to make the movie the talk of the town....(especially with the guys.)
I was in my Sophomore year at Hamilton High, having spent my Freshman year at Kuser Annex on the second floor of Kuser School. Class mate Joe Sweeney and I were assigned to the alto section of the choir because our voices still hadn't evolved into my today's baritone. But oh what sweet memories attend that year of 1949! You will note that I was a member of the chorus for this presentation and how I wanted a male lead. But who would consider a 95 pound 5 foot 2 blond haired little boy for one of the romantic leads? My Kuser singing partner Shirley Whitebread had the voice of an angel and played the part of "Debby." Thanks to the lovely Joanne Feeser, a fellow choir member from the class of 1949 for this very nice photo. The lovely gal in the middle of the photo standing with the gentleman whom I can't identify, is Bette Beiger who married classmate and the very handsome Eddie Farmer. I still see Bette at the library and she looks as lovely as ever. What a voice that gal had! I really miss those 3 years I spent in Hamilton's choir with Louise Baird in room 300 or as we called it, "The Tower."
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Monday, March 09, 2015
Here we see the cost of living for the food budget as it appeared in1942 mere 5 days after the "dastardly attack on Pearl Harbor.") I would guess that the average guy was earning 30 to 35 dollars per week before taxes, and as you can see by the prices (compared to2015) his dollar went about as far as our dollar does today. "Standing Rib Roast 27 cents per pound!
Sunday, March 08, 2015
This is another exquisitely detailed edited from the larger photo. Look closely and you will see Traver's Book Store with a dark colored sign, The others stand out quite well. Love that Plymouth rounding the corner from West State at the corner of North Warren Street. Also love those vintage cars! This was wartime Trenton.
Saturday, March 07, 2015
I have been writing "Sentimental Journey" for many years and I am happy to say that it is popular with many "mature" (AKA senior citizens) who like to recall the wonderful years of their youth. Here's a link that THE TIMES publishes so you can sample my columns.
Friday, March 06, 2015
The Savoy, Donnelly, Kaplan's and even a doctor's sign is in there along with other very familiar stores that lined the south side of West State Street. I particularlu like that "No. Broad St." sign!