Ok, well I said I was going to need some help identifying places. In this case though I know where I am at geographically. This is The corner of Knopf and North 6th ave looking down towards Main St. Obviously it had not been paved yet. If you look real hard you can see Johns Manville at the end there. Most of the houses in this photo still exist… including that store on the right there, which most Manvillians will affectionately remember as Al’s Market. Obviously at some point in the late 30′s Al’s was a bike shop. I know Quigley’s was eventually located right down the street on Main and Knopf so here is the question I’m posing to you. Does anyone remember this bike shop? and was it in fact an early incarnation of Quigley’s? If you want to see a modern version of this view you can click HERE.
You can see the situation with Manville streets was still pretty terrible in 1938, when these photos were allegedly taken, except for maybe on a nice dry week… and if you had a fast car…. Thanks again to Anne Sullivan for contributing these…
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was contacted by a woman named Anne Sullivan, who had unearthed a cache of great Manville photos, which at the time I had not yet seen. Today I got a flash drive in the mail. It includes 789 photos from 1938-39. They are incredible. There is definitely a narrative behind the photos, and as soon as I figure out what it is I will explain it.
Meanwhile, I am going to be slowly rolling out the photos on this blog. They revolve around a family or a group of friends. I am going to need lots of help sorting out who the people are. Hell, who knows… one of em might even be you. Whoever took these was obviously a hell raiser, well to do, a passioned cyclist, and had a pretty sweet eye for photography and capturing emotion. If you know anyone in the photos please comment or contact me.
Out of the batch I’d say at least 60% of them are in the actual town of Manville. I’m actually not familiar with the person/place pictured above, so I’d just like to start with a mystery… can anyone identify the guy/place in the photo at the top of the page?
And just for good measure, here is a great, albeit damaged photo of the Manville Movie Theater…
Thanks Anne for sending these. I’m very sure everyone will appreciate these photos… Manvillians past and present… wait until you see these.
Well if you’ve been paying attention to this blog awhile you know that awhile back, I found a great old professional photo of The First Manville Band. You can click that link to see the old post, which is complete with names. This version though is pretty amazing, because THIS photo of the Manville Band is of an earlier incarnation. I know this for 2 reasons. The first being that they don’t have a uniform yet… and second, the band is a lot smaller in this photo. This photo was submitted by Rich Hamernik, whos grandfather Pat was actually in the band. He gave me these along with a couple of old Manville Royals baseball photos, which date back to the mid20′s, so I imagine this photo is circa the same time, and possibly on the same day.
I’m still trying to sort out the location of this… but on a side note, the typography on that bass drum is phenomenal.
I’m always excited to get some new material up here, particularly stuff I was completely unaware of. The Manville Royals were a baseball team we have not seen on this site yet. Thankfully Rich Hamernik contributed these excellent photos, which he thinks are from the 20′s. I think I agree with him. Rich’s Grandfather Charlie “Butch” Hamernik was the team’s third baseman (and allegedly a pretty good one). Unfortunately I do not have a list of names for all of the folks on the team, but I’d love to update this post if anyone can identify them! In the meantime though here is a great photo of Charlie suited up for a game… as always click the photos to enlarge! These photos are awesome Rich! Thank you!
Also, don’t forget if you want to print, email, or share this post check the icons on the bottom!
I can’t even post a public service announcement around here without a bonus photo. Due to the recent surge in traffic on this site I decided to do some updates, which are pretty much all amazing. It’s a lot so bear with me here.
First of all… I bought this site from wordpress. You can still use the old web address, but to make things easier I simplified it. The web address for this site is now simply manvillehistory.com PRETTY EASY RIGHT? If you notice ads on the site, they are there to help pay for the domain. You can click them or ignore them either way they help keep the site running.
Also, I also added social media buttons that will now appear under every post. That means with just the click of a button you can now share posts to facebook, pinterest, twitter, reddit, google+, linkedin, and stumbleupon. For pinterest, you will be sharing only the photos, which I think is pretty amazing. But this should make it easier to share this stuff with friends and family. And by the way, the more people that share the links… we reach exponentially more potential folks to contribute long lost photos. So it’s important and fun!
I also added an email button. I noticed a lot of people share by email on my site, so you no longer have to copy links. just click the little envelope icon and type the email address in and press send. It’s like magic!
Finally I added a print button as well. I know a lot of people like to print the articles, and I haven’t tested this out just yet, but it should set you up with a print ready document.
Hope everyone has been enjoying the site. If you have any feedback on the new updates, please feel free to leave a comment.
I have already posted a couple of articles on here about Van Nest’s Mill, and it’s tragic collapse into the MIllstone river. You can see the most comprehensive post HERE. But I just wanted to share this great photo from a 1982 newspaper article. Everyone seems to remember Wilbur Smith, but I don’t think I had ever seen a photo of him until I found this article. I just thought this was a pretty great shot.
Hello everyone. It’s a great morning! After I slugged back a few extraordinarily large cups of coffee and made some advertisements at work I noticed a new Manville related email. It was a Gem. This is a photo of the first Manville parade from 4th of July in 1923. If you know anything about the history of Manville, you know that in 1923 Manville was more of an idea in a forgotten corner of Hillsborough than an actually town on paper. So this photo is rare and incredible. Furthermore, I’m still trying to sort out the exact location of this, but I have never seen this particular vantage point from this early. Like always if you can shed some light on this photo or know anyone in it please feel free to leave comments. On behalf of all of Manville’s residents, I would just like to thank Rich Hamernik for this incredible and valuable contribution.