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Thursday, June 20, 2013


This must have been a store similar to Tracy's "five and dime" which was located in our neighborhood. Perhaps one of our visitors can identify the adjacent barber shop and luncheonette in the photo.


Anonymous said...

As indicated in an earlier post, Lew Rosen DDS was a Jr#4 classmate of mine when this photo was taken.

Having been in both "Tracy's" on Hamilton next to Ritter's bar at Olden Ave. I can assure you there is no comparison. Rosen's was actually a dry goods store ( there's a term you seldom if ever hear) What you might call a percursor to the Walmart of today; a workingman's store decent qualiy at a minimum price.
Lew took over this property and turned it into his lucrative dental practice. Me and my wife Joan were one of his first patients. Last I hear his son Scott DDS practices near 5 points in Mercerville.
The luncheonette as I recall, was owned and operated by a local Hungarian family.
Barber shop does not seem familiar, since I seldom used one in those days with my long greasu hair combed back into a "D A "

Mike, "gray and balding" Kuzma

SJBill said...

During the 50s, the corner luncheonette was owned by the Kiraly family and the fare was very good Hungarian food. There were faded pictures of Chicken Paprikash and other dishes in the windows to entice you to enter. If I recall, the place was called Anna's Restaurant (most likely after this image was taken in '49). Their daughter, Aniko, was a classmate of mine through Harrison, Jr 4 and THS - she was a very lovely and sweet person. The first girl I ever saw with pierced ears.

The barbershop was (possibly Steve's, as shown on the window) was absorbed by the post office next door when the facility was expanded. The barber shop had a red, white and blue striped rotating barber pole that fascinated me as a tyke when we walked by. How did the stripes keep going up?

When the new post office was being built, there was a lot of structural modification. During construction we were allowed to use the front counters during construction for buying stamps and shipping packages, but we had to walk across the floor joists on narrow boards that were laid down to help get to the counters.

Outside, the post office had these large metal signs out front to recruit for the armed services, and they swung to and from in the wind.

Across Roebling Ave. you can see the corner lot is still vacant, before the Varga - Apai photo studios were built.

To the left was S. Broad, and across the street was Deutz Jewelers, Stanley Radios and a bit further down, Goldy's Feed Shop.

You didn't have to go far to get just about anything you wanted in our old neighborhood. Only during the holiday parades and shopping season did we go to "Broad and State" (as my grandfather used to call it).