Thursday, April 19, 2018

Art Deco Athletics

Bloomfield High School main entrance steps.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Our "Pit"

Modern gyms can be bland, antiseptic, utilitarian. Here is our 1920's Bloomfield High School Gymnasium"The Pit"

Color photos by Jerry Simon

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

Funding ideas needed for the Church on the Green

Our 1796 Church needs help. 

Money yes. But ideas are needed to raise the money

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Save the Date - March 27th 2018

Historical Society Gears up for an Exciting Spring

Did you know that the first batting cage, catcher’s mask and even professional baseball itself, originated in New Jersey? On March 27 at 7:30pm in Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad St, the HSOB will present historian Linda Barth speaking about her book “A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone.”

Learn about the New Jerseyans who brought sound and music to movies and built the very first drive-in theater, the vacuum cleaner, plastic and Band-Aids, ice cream cones and M&Ms. Barth's book will be available for sale at the event, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Contact 973-743-8844 or for information about membership and upcoming meetings.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Need a script?

"Our phones don't hunt, so if the 8-number is busy, call the 9-number."

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

Baptist Church

With the Davis Homestead's security bollards* shown across the street. 

*a now common post 9-11-2001 feature. Obviously in 1900 it was just a fence.

Spring is on the way...

Baseball with Coach Foley

Is that a Hearse?

Friday, December 15, 2017

View the Innumerable Bloomfield Maps

Museum Hours
Wednesday: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturday September to June: 10:00am - 12:30pm
and by appointment

The "Fuze" for Special Ordnance

(Ninety-Eight Years Ago Tomorrow)

International Arms and Fuze Company, Inc.
Makers of Special Ordnance
Bloomfield Avenue
Bloomfield, NJ

Friday, December 8, 2017

Greenway Nocturne

Morris Canal Greenway 

New Waymarker December 2017

Newark Avenue near West Street. Bloomfield, NJ

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Kick their Axis

See the big picture

Partial view of a painting of the Morris Canal by Thomas Manley (1853-1938).

See the whole painting up close, at the Historical Society of Bloomfield's Museum. 

Originally posted HERE, with information on the artist, but worth a second look. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Old Morris Canal Trench

Near today's "Old Canal Inn" East Passaic Avenue at Hoover Avenue. 
Courtesy Mark Sceurman

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Morris Canal - Near Lake Hopatcong - 1885 - "Drones and Workers"

But the scene could have been same when the Canal came through Bloomfield.  

"Frank Leslie's Illustrated" September 1885.

Explanation (below) By Tim Roth via Richard Rockwell.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Hurry it fills up!

...not the Canal, the historic hike. 

Saturday, November 4

Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Hike
10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
On this three mile hike, conducted by Rich Rockwell and Ron Rice, we'll explore the path of the Morris Canal through Bloomfield using historic maps and photos, then take a bus ride for an additional 2 miles stopping at the newly reclaimed section of the canal at Oak Tree Lane. Space is limited - reservations are required. $5.00 donation requested to cover the cost of the bus and 20-page handout with historic photos and color maps. To reserve a space, email

Sponsored by the Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Committee, Historical Society of Bloomfield, and the Bloomfield Recreation Department

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Flu Shot

Mark your calendars!

Don't miss the Historical Society's October presentation


Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Walter Reed Hospital flu ward." One of the very few images in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919, which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe.