New Jersey January 17, 2016
These 20 Houses In New Jersey From The 1930s Will Open Your Eyes To A Different Time
Drive through any town and you’ll see unique bits of history everywhere – homes. Both inside and out, each New Jersey home reflects the time period in which it was built. Every home tells a story, and these diverse homes from the 1930s (many built during the Great Depression) have a lot to say. A picture is worth a thousand words…
1. Though space is abundant, these Manville homes have been built closely together in anticipation of future development. February, 1936.
2. Lack of proper housing forces workers and their families into shacks along the river.
3. Though this photo was taken in 1936, it could just as easily have been snapped today. These lovely homes were (and may still be!) located in Bound Brook.
4. This family moved from Philadelphia in hopes of a better life on the farm. Taken in Burlington County circa 1938.
5. A Camden County kitchen circa October, 1938. The tenants of this shack were migratory apple pickers.
6. A model home in Hightstown, circa June, 1936.
7. And 35 more homes in the same development, set to be completed by June, 1936.
8. A very industrial-looking home in Bound Brook, off of Lincoln Highway. February, 1936.
9. Though this home appears to be brick, it is actually a tarpaper-covered wooden house, typical of homes in the New Brunswick-area neighborhood.
10. Radburn (in Fair Lawn) was a privately funded model town which furnished some of the ideas for the Suburban Resettlement Administration's Greenbelt towns. This photo highlights the belief that it was important to keep homes set back from main roads.
11. A Hightstown homesteader in her living room circa December, 1936.
12. The floor plan of a four-family home to be built in Green Brook, New Jersey.
13. Mill workers call this abandoned truck body and neighboring outhouse home. Millville, 1938.
14. Another unique Millville home, this fishing boat housed many male mill workers.
15. I wonder how low the property taxes were back then. Taken off Amwell Road in Bound Brook.
16. Another Bound Brook home, this one constructed with tar paper.
17. Row houses occupied by factory workers in Camden.
18. Migrant agriculture workers lived in this Camden County home.
19. A farmhouse at the "Eighty Acres" development in Glassboro.
20. A one-room shack in Burlington County.
What stories do you think these New Jersey homes tell? Which photo did you find most interesting?