Saturday, October 22, 2016

Visit the Historical Society's Museum - Bloomfield

Thomas Manley Morris Canal Painting

One of New Jersey’s foremost Impressionist painters, also an etcher and lithographer, Thomas Manley was known as “...the Dean of Montclair artists." Born in Buffalo, New York in1853, Manley first attempted to study law. Not inspired by the legal profession, he scraped together enough money to study for two months at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Thomas Eakin’s life class.

While in Philadelphia he met Joseph Pennell and became intrigued with the famous etcher's work. He moved to New York to freelance in etching and painting and although primarily self-taught, he quickly became successful selling his own work. Newspapers and magazines were publishing Manley’s illustrations at a time when it was still technically difficult to print photos on newsprint. New York's leading print dealer, Frederick Keppel began to sell his etchings and Manley began to supply plates to New York dealers and publishers for years to follow.

Manley married in 1887 and moved with his wife to Montclair, New Jersey in 1893, where he set up a studio and resided permanently until his death.

Manley painted bright colored landscapes with a unique style of applying a thick impasto in short dashing strokes giving his paintings a textured pointillist effect. His most common subjects are scenes of rural New Jersey and views of the Morris Canal.

He was a member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Arts Club and the New York Watercolor Club. He exhibited at the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis(1904 medal) Society of Independent Artists, the National Academy of Design and the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, 1915.

Dog Number 2474. "Otto"

Take a ride Sam

Monday, September 19, 2016

Save the Date

Vintage Bloomfield

​On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Historical Society of Bloomfield (HSOB) will hold a Museum Attic Treasures Sale. 

Historical items from the HSOB museum and other Bloomfieldiana and New Jerseyana will be available for purchase, as well as other vintage items... 
All proceeds go to support the Historical Society of Bloomfield. Come and find some cool and nifty hometown items! Help spread the word and bring your friends for some old-school retail therapy. Images of sale items to follow...

  • The Historical Society of Bloomfield, NJ (HSOB)  Museum Attic Treasures Sale 
  • Saturday, October 1, 2016 
  • 10am-3pm 
  • Bloomfield Library Esplanade, 90 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 

IN CASE OF RAIN: Sat., Oct. 110am- 2pm (note early closing), Bloomfield Library Theater, 90 Broad St. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Jonesing for beautiful Bloomfield architecture

265 Belleville Avenue (just east of Oakeside), built 1895. Architect: Charles Granville Jones who also designed Oakeside, Bloomfield High School, and Brookside and Fairview Elementary Schools. All of the houses pictured were demolished to build the Garden State Parkway. The house on the right was on Walnut Street which intersected Belleville Ave. HSOB

HSOB  - R.Rockwell text

Oakeside today

Friday, August 19, 2016

Stop!, before going north at Broad at Liberty

The Independent Press - 1941

"Have I convinced you, dude?"


Hail a taxi on Washington Street

Not so long ago...

Credit: HSOB

What did "U" stand for?

Guessing Ulysses. 

Credit: HSOB

Wearin' the Sweats

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Didn't exactly "give" to the world.

This should go a long way in reducing the next payment. (Although in 2016 dollars it's $11.20)

Credit: C. Debold

Friday, July 29, 2016