Manville Fisherman • Click Photo to Enlarge
Ok everyone this is another collection of mystery photos. This is part of the Anne Sullivan photo archive (circa 1939-1941). I have a whole load of photos that are just of random people. I don’t really want to present them without context, but at the same time I would love to put some names to the faces. I think what I’ll do is try to group them into events and see if you guys can identify any of them. To start, here are a couple of great photos of some Manville fisherman… looks like the little guy cleaned up! Anyone know who they are?
Ok, that last post was kind of thin for following up a few month hiatus. So I decided to digitize another issue of the Old Manville News. This one is from the week of December 12th, 1941. There are a number of great articles in here including a debate to put in the underpass on Main Street (you know the one the trucks alway crash into). Previously it had just been a regular crossing just like the one over on 13th, which started to cause a major traffic jam every time a train came through, which if you think about it… back then, right next to a major factory, would have been a LOT. Back in the early days of this blog I did a big huge post about it… you can see it HERE
Here is a link to the digital issue Manville News 12-12-41 OCR
In the meantime I’ll remind you that the text in these issues are mostly searchable if you are looking for names or specific information. You can download them, and I recently realized that on most phones you can actually view the pages right on your phone. I’m working on a system to make these actual posts searchable as well… it’s proving to be a challenge. In the meantime enjoy.
I have already covered the Manville-Weston station A LOT in the blog, so I’m not going to go into any factual info here. If you want to check out the original post and lots more photos you can go HERE. If you want to see the old schedule for the station you can go HERE. What this particular post is, is just two random photos that a reader sent me.
Unfortunately I do not have dates for these, but I know the top one would be early 1900′s based on similar ones I’ve seen. The bottom one would be after the place burned so maybe late 70′s or so? These are pretty small, but great… so i figured I’d share. These were both sent to me By Michael Kull… Thanks so much Mike!
Main Street School • Click Photo to Enlarge
So I have already posted a few photos of both of these school with and areal shot HERE. But these 2 are slightly earlier. The time period for this set is around 1940. Also, the above photo of the Main Street School is from a different perspective than the old post.
This next photo is Camplain Road school. It will also enlarge if you click it. I thought these photos were pretty great and definitely worthy of a look.
203 Main Street around 1940 • Click Photo to Enlarge
Hey guys. So I figured a lighter post was in order. I have a handful a these great photos which feature The building on the corner of Main & Camplain roads. Some of them have appeared on this blog before, but I wanted to reintroduce them in this new historical context.
I don’t know if it’s the official name, but I’ve always known it as “The Blumberg Building” officially located at 203 Main St. The above photo (c. 1940) is the earliest one I have, and I guess at some point an addition was put on as shown in the photos below.
These next two photos were taken by Neal Ranauro and take place at some point in the mid 1950s. The top photo is dressed with buntings for the Silver Jubille, Manville’s 25th anniversary celebration… which would date it in 1954. The bottom one still has no traffic light, so it would be slightly earlier. If you look real close you can see the building has been freshly altered. The photos will expand if you click them!
They put up those cool marble looking facades across the whole front of the building & you can see the fresh brick that was the addition. I’d love to know the date of construction if anyone can verify. I’m a little jealous of Manville’s vibrant Main Street culture when it was a boomtown… looks like no one wanted to go home. The building is still there, a shell of it’s former beauty. Here is a modern photo…
Manville Fire • Click to Enlarge
Awhile back I did an article on the old Manville / JM Shanty Town that had sprung up on the site of the old creosote factory. Which most of you know later became the Rustic Mall, and then became a Superfund site, and now sits empty as a nice fenced off, perpetual middle finger to the people of Manville. If you’ve never heard of the creosote factory it made the black slime that they use to waterproof and coat railroad ties and telephone poles… and I think some other stuff. It closed sometime around 1960 and looked like this…
Federal Creosote Factory 1954 • Click Photo to Enlarge
According to some of our readers on here, who have had relatives on the Manville P.D. the shanty town were a bunch of folk who lives in boxcars and old handmade shacks. There were a lot of fights, and it was just a rough part of town. Dangerous. The police were summoned back there… a lot. If you have never heard this place I encourage you to click that link in the previous paragraph to see some photos.
Rumor has it the place burnt to the ground. People died. A lot of people were hurt. I’d be going out on a limb here to assume the above photo was the actual fire that burned the shanty town down, so I’ll just say it could be. Regardless it’s a great photo Taken by Neal Ranauro, to whom we owe a great deal for his very comprehensive collection of almost everything Manville.
Thanks to Gary Carmon for bringing this photo to my attention. He also is deeply interested in Manville’s history and has a great site with some more of Ranauro’s photos, which are not featured on this blog. You can see those HERE.
Steve’s Tire 1958 • Click Photo to Enlarge
So I poached this photo off of a great message board from a site called Jalopy Journal. The gentleman that posted this photo is the owner of that 1933 Ford pickup. He recalls the photo being taken in 1958. For a while I used to hang around this garage in the early 90′s having known the owners at the time. The photos of the garages look pretty much exactly the way I remember them. Anyway Manville folks will be familiar with Steve’s tire, being formerly located on Main Street up near Kennedy Blvd. The building is still a garage and the service garages are still there. Now it looks like this.
On a side note, Jalopy Journal has a pretty great archive going of old photos from users. I notices some great quality ones especially involving classic cars. trucks and classic accidents. If you want you can check that out HERE.