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

BC best foot forward - 1941



Not much of a buffer early on...

Merkel Drive houses with the new Garden State Parkway in the back.

(Don't stray too far in your backyard)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Visit the new Bloomfield Morris Canal Destination

From Baristanet:

The Township of Bloomfield along with the Recreation Department and the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee will celebrate the Township’s newest park, Morris Canal Park at Oak Tree Lane, with a ribbon‐cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 14.

The park, a surviving section of the historic Morris Canal, features a trail that once served as a mule tow path and canal bed. You can walk along the actual route coal boats once traveled through Bloomfield as they made their 102‐mile journey across northern New Jersey. The Morris Canal’s five‐mile stretch through Bloomfield has now been transformed into the Morris Canal Greenway, part of a statewide effort to retrace the former canal’s footprint. The Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield connects the Park at Oak Tree Lane in the northern part of town to Wrights Field on the southern end while highlighting the canal’s remnants, other historical sites, parks and environmental assets.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Bloomfield Checks

Mr. Cadmus Letter

Tree People

"If you lose the word 'tree' that would be a good name for a rock band."

Other comment that didn't make it: "That 20K figure seems arbitrary"


Wait till you try the "speed gun"

1941 South Junior High - Industrial Expo


Times a-change


Friday, June 24, 2016

Annin Flag Co. and today

Practice at Watsessing Park


You pay shipping

F.O.B. = Free On Board
Refers to the legal fact that the buyer assumes title of the goods the moment the freight carrier picks up and signs the bill of lading at the origin pick-up location.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

61 in '61

61 Summit Road October 10, 1961

Is that a '59 Ford?

76 Gillespie Road - October 10, 1961

Inside Our Municipal Building

Fred's First Auto

On the Brokow Farm (now Brookdale Park)

Fred Brokow's first auto

"Our First Joy Ride"

Friday, May 27, 2016

Some South Junior Designs

Save the Date - June 11th

The Historical Society of Bloomfield, NJ (HSOB) will be holding an Ice Cream Social to commemorate its 50thAnniversary on June 11, 2016. There will be free ice cream for all adults and children who visit the HSOB Museum at 90 Broad Street (located on the third floor of the Children’s Library) between the hours of 11:00am and 2:00pm.

​The event is open to the public and free of charge, so bring a friend! Parking is on Broad Street and in the Library Parking Lot on State Street. More info:, 973-743-8844,

The HSOB is an outgrowth of the Sesquicentennial Celebration of 1962 and was incorporated in 1966. The HSOB Museum is dedicated to the culture, people and history of Bloomfield. The collection consists of furniture, clothing & accessories, tools, household articles, paintings, toys, posters, memorabilia, dioramas, maps, newspapers, postcards, letters, deeds, documents, books and much more.