These 15 Photos of New Jersey In The 1970s Are Mesmerizing
The 1970s were an important era in New Jersey history. In the midst of the Cold War, 14 Nike anti-aircraft missile batteries were constructed in New Jersey to protect the metropolitan areas around Philadelphia and New York City. A regional command center was built in our state along with multiple defense systems. Along with the Cold War, New Jerseyans were protesting Vietnam, concerned about an energy crisis and in the middle of an economic recession.
It wasn’t all chaos and crisis though. We were partying at the Stone Pony, which opened in 1974. In fact, it was this week in 1974 that the Stone Pony had its opening celebration, featuring the band, Rathbone. We celebrated our country’s bicentennial, along with the 5 Declaration of Independence signers from New Jersey. We spent summers at Action Park (Class Action Park) which opened in 1978. There’s so much worth remembering, and these photos will take you back.
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If these vintage New Jersey photos didn’t bring you back, these videos of Atlantic City (by jhand350), Trenton (by Ear of Corn Productions), and Seaside Heights (by GreenRoseTV) surely will!
Were you living in New Jersey in the 1970s? Share your photos and memories with me!
Kristen is a writer, editor, and social media maven who loves her state. Born and raised in New Jersey, sharing all it has to offer is her passion. After attending Montclair State University, she continued her education online, obtaining certifications in social media management.
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