The M. Butkus library of New Jersey and the Jersey Shore Post Cards


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I have been a Jersey Boy for 50+ years. My early childhood had my parents and I visit Lavallette N.J. every year for two weeks during the summer for some 18 years.  Seaside Heights was my favorite hangout when I  grew older.  Just a long walk along the beach at evening to check out the night time action.  These are some old postcards of NJ, the Jersey Shore and I'll get to post some photos I took when visiting.  Somewhere in the late '80s I tool a trip to Asbury Park and photographed the last of the buildings.  I'll hunt them down. The main pier was still open and I did shoot a number of shots inside the buildings.

If you have any postcards you would like to add to this page, write to the address above.

Links to other "postcard" sites I have found

Click on the names to enlarge the postcards

Atlantic City - Postcards

Jersey Shore - Ocean City, Asbury Park, WildWood - Postcards

New Jersey Towns - Postcards

Point Pleasant - Historical Postcards

 Delaware Water Gap

Lakewood - Historical Postcards

High Bridge / Clinton and surrounding towns Postcards

Lake Solitude Dam - 1924

High Bridge
Taylor's Dam - 1910

High Bridge Reformed Church - 1915
Church St.

River Road - 1920s

High Bridge, NJ
Lake Solitude

High Bridge, NJ
Mountain Falls


I have no idea where this is except it must be by River Road.
The only place where it's that steep.

High Bridge, NJ
Foundry Bridge

High Bridge
The Arches - 1941

Bloomsbury Foot Bridge

Main Street, High Bridge - 1950s

   
 

 

The High Bridge High School - 1910
now the Middle School

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CLINTON, NJ

Clinton House - 1903?

Clinton House - 1920s

Old Red Mill, Clinton (no date, but 1900's)


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Sunset Motel - Rt. 69 (now Rt. 31)

Blossem Hill Milk Bar

I bet it was one of the few places on Rt. 22

Clinton Twp. Rt. 31
White Swan Restaurant - 1950s

This was suppose to be the "light on the highway" for many, many years
on Rt. 69 (Now Rt. 31).

Original Blossem Hill Restaurant and Milk Bar

There is a Blossem Hill Rd. but no signs of any of this
along Rt. 22. Lebanon
 

Old Mill - Clinton


Clinton, Main St., 1908. - Looking West
You can see the bridge in the back.

 Coach and Paddock - 1980s

This has been renamed and turned into a fancy Catering / Wedding place as of 2007
 after some additions/alterations.  Always packed on weekends.

Clinton Baptist Church

 

   

FLEMINGTON, NJ

Rockerfellow's Dam

Located by River Road and Rockerfellow Rd.
There is now a house on the left side
Click here for a current 2009 image from the bridge  

Click here for another shot showing the huge tree
hanging over the dam from Hurricane Floyd.

Main Street - 1912

 

 

Flemington New Jersey
Flemington Cut Glass (closed - 2002)


Flemington town used to be the place to walk around in the '1970s -'80s.  Living in High Bridge since '78, and at a local college before that,  you could not move on the sidewalks during the weekends on Main Street. Every house on the main street was a store selling something.  Now, most of main street is residential.  A few of the main street houses are restaurants.   Just the big stores remain on main street. Flemington Cut Glass closed, according to the papers, due to changes in taste for gifts.  No longer are vases and glass art objects given as gifts.
The Flemington "Turntable Juction" (1965) and "Liberty Village" (1982) are still there.  Turntable Junction is trying to hold on since 2000.  Many vacant stores and the crowds are no longer what they were.  With the opening of so many other "outlets" in N.J. the multiple busses that used to travel to Flemington have dwindled.  The Liberty Village outlet shops have kept the area alive and more larger stores have recently opened right next door (2006-'08) .  Check out http://mainstreetflemington.com if you would like to visit.  One of the few place to catch a short ride on a real steam train, when in operation.

 

Flemington Circle Diner - 1970s

Union Hotel, Flemington - 1920s

Flemington - Union Hotel - 1940s

Flemington Circle diner -1950s


 

Yes, the Flemington Circle is still there.  I'm sure hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on many, many plans to replace it.  Rt. 31 from the High Bridge light to Flemington were widened to two lanes.  Just up to Flemington.  Then driving through Flemington lanes appear and disappear, a center turning lane was added.  Flemington Speedway became a Walmart mall.  But alas, the circle still remains. In July 2010, yet another new plan, was revealed. The town council, of course didn't like it.  This, after spending another ton of money on plans.

Flemington Fair 1900s - reprint

Flemington - Main St. Raggedy Ann Museum
What was one of the many houses turned into stores

Iorio Cut Glass

Flemington Fair - 1920s -
Note the stage is still there at Turntable Junction

Main Street Flemington - 1912

Danforth's Restaurant '60s-
Cooking the modern way, electrically
Check out the old post office box

 

Flemington Mine Street

 

 
   
   
   

Local Towns

Lambertville house - 1970s

This was closed around 2003 but has since reopened in 2008
 

Washington, NJ - Birds Eye View 1930's ?

Washington, NJ  High School - 1930s ?

Lambertville, Union St.  1920s ?

Lambertville House - 1953

Lambertville Station - 1980s

 

   

Ringoes - Main Street 1918

Washington - Eckel's Pond

Hide and Hair - 1971

 

Bloomsbury Foot Bridge

Lebanon Hotel - 1905

Bloomsbury - M. E. Church - 1919

 

Ryland Inn - Whitehouse - aerial view

Ryland Inn - Closed as of March 2008

 

   
   

 

Oldwick Weathercock Farm - 1979's

Oldwick Weathercock Farm - 1980s

   
   

 

Sister Island, Lake Hopatcong, NJ

My niece lives up there.  Wonder if this is still there ?
 A quick web check, yep.  More houses were added.
Click on link to see photos in 2002. Not my site.

Castel Edward - 1911 ?

According to the Lake Hopatcong historical site,
this had a few stories added on during the years.
It was destroyed in a fire.


Aeroplane View of West Shore and Islands
Lake Hopatcong, NJ - 1927

 
   

Easton - Phillipsburg
Since we visit these towns a lot.  I figure it would be interesting what they looked like a few years ago.

Easton, PA Road Bridge - 1900s

Not sure were this is, but must be by the river.
Possibly by the three bridges ?  Note the trolley tracks.
<<The postcard captioned Easton Road Bridge was of the previous bridge
 on South Third Street.  The view is looking north.  That church is still up on the hill. 
The bridges in the back are carrying the Jersey Central and LVRR tracks
and they will cross the Delaware River on the right out of the picture. 
The bridge pictured has been replaced by a concrete monstrosity.>>

Easton Circle - 1905

The monument is still there,
I bet that store in the back is too.
<<This card is facing east and the store on the corner
in the background was replaced by a Merchants Bank building
in the 1920s or 30s, which is still there.>>
 

Easton - Phillipsburg toll bridge - 1940s

This is the current Rt. 22 bridge

Phillipsburg - Main / Market - 1910

Phillipsburg - Birds eye view - 1900s

Delaware Valley
Port Jervis to Water Gap - 1927

 

Phillipsburg - Ingersoll Rand Building

 
   
   

Vacation Spots
Places we've visited over the years

Niagara Falls - after 1941

The new rainbow bridge was build in '41
but no Observation Tower is seen.

Virginia  - Natural Bridge

Nice place to spend a day

Niagara Falls - 1950

 
   

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