Manville fisherman…


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?





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More Weston-Manville Station photos

1798061_10201893999775116_1109602827_nI 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!

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Main Street / Camplain Road Schools

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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.

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203 Main Street

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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!

DSC04006 DSC04005They 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…

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Classic Trucks • Steve’s Tire 1958

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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.

Screen Shot 2014-01-17 at 11.26.35 AMOn 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.

Mystery Manville Man…

8a01212aOk Manville, I’ve got another mystery photo for you… I found this photo of a Manville guy which was untitled and dated 1939. In the reflection of the window you can see a building with a Manville sign, and what appears to be railroad tracks. Still I could not confidently decide where this was taken… What a cool looking dude. Anyone know him?

Manville Paving… Part 2

1st download 4504OK guys. So I have a bunch of more paving photos. This is sort of a companion post to the previous one. These seem to be geographically located all over the place. I know these huge photo streams are a lot to take in, but these all go together so I figured I’d just throw them out there. Any help I.D. ing the men would be appreciated. The photos will expand if you click them… This one below is the corner of Washington Ave. & South 8th!

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In this group you can see the water tower in the back. It’s funny how revealing that thing is for history. The fact that you can read the beginning of “Manville” tells us this is on the North side close to the tracks above North 11th or so. Maybe Brooks Blvd? What an awesome machine!
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This next photo is interesting. I’m wondering if that building back and to the left could be the old Manville Polish Home building that was formerly on North 4th. Manville will surely recognize the name Kupper from the Airport. I wonder what the relationship was here.1st download 4457

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Manville Memorial Day Parades

0005Well it’s Friday, and that means we should run with a celebratory post. And lets face it, what is more fun than a Parade? I’ll tell you what… 2 Parades! This is going to be a long photo heavy post, so just know that every photo will expand if you click on them. Enjoy!

It’s been an amazing 2 months of photo submissions and I want to thank Rich Hamernik for sending in this first batch of great photos from an early 50′s Manville Memorial Day parade.

Rich grew up across the street from Memorial Park where this flag raising ceremony took place.






The parade marched from Memorial Park down Camplain Rd. and out to Main St. Unfortunately I cannot identify anyone in these so if you can add anything please do.



This next bunch is from Anne Sullivans Manville photo collection. I believe this is a Memorial Day parade as well, but these are a lot earlier. Around 1939-1940

I think you will all recognize that these are mostly on Main St, which is just barely paved at this point. You can see the old Movie theater off in the background. Thanks again Anne. These are amazing.

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1960 Weston-Manville Station Train Schedule


Weston-Manville Train Station • Click to enlarge

I always talk about the many Manville Train Stations. Awhile back I did a post about specifically about the Weston-Manville stop, which was the main passenger line serving Manville between Trenton and NYC. I recently lucked into an actual 1960 train schedule from the station. I am a bit of a railfan, so I hope this doesn’t bore the pants off of everyone else that comes to this site. Let’s face it though, if you are from Manville trains are a way of life. It’s the very thing that made the town so accesable to so many people in the beginning. Also, I had this gorgeous photo of a Reading Railroad passenger train passing through Manville…

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Mainly I guess it felt like finding this schedule was a personal victory, and another crucial entry into my personal Manville ephemera archive. When you went over to the Manville station the first thing you had to do was go see this guy… Michael Persinko.

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cover chartIf it was 1960 and you were headed from Manville to NYC your schedule would’ve looked like this… (It will expand if you click it)

chartAnd if you were interested in the reverse schedule, or just owning a digital copy of this I actually scanned the whole thing.

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ScanEven though I do enjoy the many freights still pulling through town, I think it’s still a disaster that there is no passenger lines servicing Manville. In a town full of tracks, it seems like a no brainer. Hopefully one day. But for now, here is a photo of some lonely train tracks to hold you over…

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Washington & South 11th Ave. 1940

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I had a few photos that seemed to be a complete documentation of the dead end block of South 11th Ave (right across from the Manville Library). So I decided to throw them in photoshop and stitch them together. This photo will expand twice if you click on it, and I would recommend doing so for full appreciation. If I had to take a guess here I’d say there was no such thing as 12th yet, and we would probably be standing on 13th to get this view. I mostly Identified this by the recently removed water tower and that really cool building on the corner of South 11th and Washington. The building still exists and has always been one of my favorite Manville buildings. It’s the one that currently looks like this…

Screen shot 2013-09-03 at 9.23.48 PMAt the time that top photo was taken (1940), Washington Ave. was still a muddy mess of a road still waiting to get itself paved. And by 1941 I believe it actually was. I’m sure right now you are probably thinking “man, it would be really great to have been able to see what that looked like back then” The thing is, you’re in luck because I happen to have this great photo that was sent in by Anne Sullivan! Must have been hell to try and get around on “streets” like this back then! You can click the photo to enlarge it… twice!

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