It’s always fun to take a trip down memory lane or explore the past through stories and images. Whether you’re reliving your childhood or taking in a time before you were born, old photos are a piece of history worth treasuring. These photos will take you back, some a few decades and others, much longer.
1. Traymore Hotel, Atlantic City
The Traymore hotel got its start as a 10 room boarding house in 1879. By 1906 it was expanded into a full service hotel. Very popular until the 1960's, it was abandoned by the 70's. This photo was taken circa 1930.
2. Madison Lackawanna Train Station, Madison
This Madison train station had several incarnations. Built in 1838, it was rebuilt in 1879 and 1916. This photo is circa 1910.
3. Neptune Fire Truck
This 1967 fire truck was in service until 2006 when it was sold by the city of Neptune to a private buyer in Portugal who allows for visitation by appointment.
4. Crescent Avenue, Plainfield
Some parts of Plainfield still look like this 1907 photo.
5. The derailment of engine 751
Taken by train engineer George Birdsall sometime in the 1940's, there do not appear to be any casualties. My research indicates that there were no fatal train accidents in New Jersey throughout the decade. However one of the largest train disasters in history occurred just years later. A train in Woodbridge, NJ, derailed in 1951 killing 85 people.
6. Ford Model T
A 1917 Ford Model T on the road near Ford Dix (then known as Camp Dix) in Lakehurst.
7. Ford Model S
This photo of a Ford Model S is over 100 years old. You can tell it pre-dates 1908 because there is no year on the licence plate.
8. Halloween, 1918
These Lakewood college students are all ready for their Halloween party. Costumes have changed quite a bit over the years.
9. Stanley Theater, Jersey City
First opened in 1928, this was once the second largest theater on the East Coast (Radio City Music Hall was the largest). In 1983 it was bought to be used a a Jehovah's Witness meeting hall.
10. Flashbacks Arcade, Seaside Heights
The photo may not be vintage but the games certainly are. Sadly, the arcade has since burned down but you can enjoy your retro favorites at YESTERcades in Red Bank.
11. Football in the seventies
The Rowan University football team in the 1970's, back when it was called Glassboro State College.
12. Route 46, Saddle Brook
Near where Walmart stands now, this is what Route 46 in Saddle Brook looked like in 1965.
13. National Guard, 1970's
The New Jersey National Guard Maintenance Battalion circa the 1970's.
14. 24th Street Motel, Wildwood
Built in 1957, the Doo Wop themed motel was demolished in 2005. This photo was taken sometime in the 1960's.
Feeling nostalgic yet? I sure am! Add your own old photos below and we can all revel in the past for awhile.