Thursday, June 28, 2012
Only the more senior visitors to this website will remember Perry Como's Saturday night 1950's TV show when the weekly "Letters to Perry" arrived with the song, "Letters, we get letters; we get stacks and stacks of letters, Dear Perry will you,,,,."
" Thus it is with this website. The many comments that are attached to many of the posts on this site provide a rare historic embellishment to sections of town with which I, and many others are not familiar. This is one of the goals I wanted to accomplish when I started this website way back in 2005. As a result, we have many "old timers" who add their knowledge of living and growing up in sections of the area in which I am completely unfamiliar. Ray Paskiewicz, brings his knowledge of autos, Lucarella, Kuzma, Gilman, "Omad," Belardino, "SJ Joe," " Lakeside Girl," Millerick, and many other frequent contributors lend their remarkably and historically relevant retrospectives to certain posts, resulting in a treasure trove of first person local history. These comments are not only of great interest to many contemporary visitors, but will be even more important to future generations should this website somehow survive the rapid advance of digital technology. With an average "hit" count Monday through Friday of anywhere between 300 and 450 hits per day (Much lower on weekends (250 to 300), It is gratifying to know that there are so many people interested in our fabulous historical heritage; still more gratifying that there are local old time residents who will share their memories of our local neighborhoods.
Way to go Tom: Congratulations on a great job. Your website keeps us all in the loop and gives us a place to remember and share memories. Please keep it up. We need you. Regards
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
HI TOM....LAKESIDE WAS A GODSEND DURING THE 30'S AND 40'S. I LEARNED TO SWIM THERE AND MADE GOOD USE OF THE DIVING PLATFORM ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE BEACH AND THE STORE. OUTSIDE OF THE CANALS, GROPP'S LAKE WAS ABOUT IT WHEN IT CAME TO COOLING OFF AND ENJOYING THE WATER. IT WAS NEARBY THE CITY AND EASY TO GET TOO. BEST REGARDS.
Love this picture. When the AF sent me back to NJ, we bought a house on the other side of Gropp's Lake. When I left in 1970, I wanted to keep the house, to come back to and maybe retire in, in 79. When I came back the lake was a swamp, when the damn burst. Sad site to see it as a swamp.
Ron Bound HHS 56
And sadly, as the town changed in the early 1970's that Sun Ray Pharmacy would become the classrooms for Sociology, Philosophy and Psychology in the newly forming Mercer County Community College. They had courses in the old Industrial Arts School by the State House Annex, The Kelsey Building and even many offices in the Hotel Hildebrecht. Who need a gym with the kid running all over town?
What a prosperous time for Trenton. In looking at all these photos it appears that the signpainters were very busy during that era -signs everywhere!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Ah! At last the dark side of the real Mister Glover was about to show itself and especially after the statute of limitations has run it's course for most crimes. I thought we may have been in for a treat with Tom as the mastermind behind that rash of hub cap that went missing in the late 50's. My two "favorite" words are lose and loose. Wasn't there a place out by Yardville or Groveville whose "stock in trade" was imperfections? I believe it was called "The Shoe Barn" and it seems that I remember shoes and sweaters? Or how about "Cheap John's aka, John's Bargain Store next to the Capitol Theater on South Broad?
Tom what really struck a cord .. or was it chord .. was the kids reader of the 1950 that addressed the recession of the times. I remember a "Dick and Jane" reader where "Father" was without a job and the family was faced with summer without a vacation? But "Mother" saved the day and with spare change and a box lunch managed to save enough for a day at "The Amusement Park" with a simple ice cream cone making them feel like royalty. My own Dad was between jobs back then and seeing it in print took much of the sing out of the situation.
Our family bought allour clothes from south street in philly.
All our clothes were "2nds" which meant they were slightly mismatched
or someyhing else.the difference Guys would stand in front of the stores and dag you in. My father always negotiated and never paid full price.imes wete tough for all of us.But we survived right?
Spent lots of time standing near that "red light" when waiting for my school bus to Villa Victoria and then later for Trenton Transit to Cathedral. Tracy's was "THE" place for lots of last minute shopping when couldn't get to town. I honestly can recall standing at some of the bins of items there and trying to make up my mind. Gosh Tom, that was over 60 yrs ago and those good memories are still there. Thanx again for stirring them up.
I thought all 5 & 10 stores were called Tracys as a kid :)
HI TOM...1936 WAS A PRETTY GOOD YEAR. THE PRICE OF GAS WAS CHEAP, I WAS CLOSE TO GRADUATING FROM SCHOOL, I WAS PLAYING WITH THE SCHROTHS AND WE JUST MOVED INTO A HOUSE ON FRANHLIN STREET. MY FATHER WAS WORKING ON THE COSTRUCTION OF JUNIOR 2 AND THINGS IN GENERAL WERE GETTING BETTER. THAT PHOTO OF SOUTH BROAD STREET WAS VERY COMMON WHILE WE WE WERE ATTENDING JUNIOR 4 DURING THE PAST 3 YEARS. BEST REGARDS.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Hi Tom, I think you are absolutely correct. I believe this is South Warren, between Front and State. That 1947 Chevrolet is traveling North, and it looks brand new. The Casa Lido restaurant was located, probably, where the parking lot is in this photo. Can you make out the letters on the vertical sign to the very far right, just about out of the picture. Does it say CHRYSLER? That would be the location of Capitol Motors, before they moved to South Broad St., in 1949. rayfromvillapark
Monday, June 25, 2012
Ah, but for a hip flask of "Golden Wedding Whiskey", served in Trenton's finest establishments especially after being aged in that brown bag while it was being consumed.
A snoot full of Golden Wedding and a pack of Fatima Cigarettes; all the makings of a fine time indeed. "And I think my piano has been drinking" .. from a song by Martin Mull