Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Grove Street Lackawanna Station Area During and Following the Elevation Project, 1921-1924

Photos courtesy of Steamtown NHS (National Historic Site) Archives

Above 8/1922
Below 1/1922
                                         Above: Looking WSW across Greenwood Avenue in 1922; tall building is Lincoln (later Lincoln-Mayflower) Storage building; Firehouse #2 with training tower in left center; top of Grove Street Congregational Church is at far left, 1922

Below: the rear of homes on the south side of Eaton Place near its intersection with 14th Street; this is the inclined section of track that leaves the depression or "cut" at Roseville to become the elevated part going through the Oranges, 1922

Above: looking north across the railroad  along North Grove Street; the railroad was being elevated about 10 feet and then Grove Street was lowered to create an underpass, Grove Court Apts. on left, 1922

             Below: looking east along the railroad from North Maple Street bridge  toward the intersection with Grove Street, 1922

Above: looking west from North Maple Street bridge, Commonwealth Building (Main Street and Arlington Avenue) in background, 1922
Above: looking east from North Grove Street, tall Lincoln (later Lincoln-Mayflower) Storage building on right, Grove Street Lackawanna station in center, Greenwood Apts (NE corner of Eaton Place and 19th Street/Greenwood Avenue) in distant left, 1924 

Below: looking east, Grove Street station in foreground, Sacred Heart Cathedral in left background, 1924

Above: looking east from pedestrian bridge that replaced the North Maple Street bridge after elevation, 1924

Above: looking west across North Hollywood Avenue, Grove Street station on right, Grove Court Apartments (fronting on Grove Street) in background

Below: looking ENE, Grove Street station at bottom, Sacred Heart Cathedral in center distance one mile away

                              Below, 3/1921: looking NW across Eaton Place, The Oval to the left

                         Above (X1825) and below (X1826) east side of Greenwood Avenue between Eaton Place and the RR

                             Above (X1836) and below (X1837) east side of Greenwood Ave near Main St

     Above (X1845): Grove Court Apartments, west side of Grove Street between the RR and Main Street

                        Above (X1839): The Grove Apartments, west side of North Grove Street at RR

                                                                    Above (X1838): looking ESE toward east side of Greenwood Ave a few feet south of the RR

                                                                    Below (X1831): looking SW at the north side of Hollywood Place; Grove St station is to photographer's right

 Above: looking east from Greenwood Ave, back of homes on Eaton Place to the left, Libman building on N 15th St in center ,distance, 1921
             Below: looking NE across RR toward houses at the intersection of Eaton Place and N. 16th St

                     Below: looking NW at the SE corner of Greenwood Avenue and Eaton Place

                       Above: looking SW at the intersection of Main St and Greenwood Ave, 1921
Below the SW corner of Main St and Greenwood Ave, 1921

Above and below: looking NW toward houses on west side of Greenwood Ave between RR/Hollywood Place and Main St

Above X1840, 3/1921: 1st house next (south side) to RR, east side of Grove Street
Below, X1841, 3/1921: 2nd house from (south side) to RR, east side of Grove Street

Above X1842, 3/1921: 3rd house from (south side)  RR, east side of Grove Street
Below X1843, 3/1921: 4th house from (south side)  RR, east side of Grove Street

Above X1844, 3/1921: west side of Grove St between the RR and Main St

Monday, February 23, 2015

Apartment Buildings in the Early 20th Century

Above: The Hamilton, built in 1911, considered the first apartment building in East Orange; SE corner of Central Avenue and South Munn Avenue

Above: 31 Washington Street (NW corner of Washington Street and Essex St); built in 1912, demolished 2001.

                                    Below: Charlotte Apartments, 175 Main St, SE corner of Main Street and South Maple Street; behind it at 2 South Maple Street are the Maple Apartments; both built circa 1911

                               Above and Below: the NE corner of North 19th Street and Eaton Place; The building that fronts on 19th Street is the Greenwood Apartments; the narrow one next to it on Eaton Place is the Stockton Apartments; both built about 1910.

 Above: Carolyn Apartments on the east side of North Grove Street near Eaton Place, probably built circa 1911

         Below: Grove Court Apartments on the west side of North Grove Street near the railroad tracks, probably built circa 1910

Below:The Fairbanks Apartments in Orange, on Main Street about 300 feet west of the Orange/East Orange line; built circa 1908

Monday, February 9, 2015


Sabloff's confectionary store at 101 Eaton Place was one one of the most important places for kids in the Stockton neighborhood for several decades. It was on the SE corner of Greenwood Avenue and Eaton Place, just a block from Stockton School and a few hundred feet from the Eaton Place entrance to The Oval. The store was best known for ice cream and candy, but it also had magazines, newspapers, comic books, and fountain drinks.

Below: The building (on the left) in 1916 that eventually was Sabloff's; view is looking south along Greenwood Avenue across the Lackawanna railroad toward Main Street

Sidney and Ida Sabloff, both Russian immigrants, operated the store and lived above it.

Below: Herbert Sabloff, son of Sidney and Ida, as a senior in the University of Maryland Dental School yearbook

Here is an image from the 1940 census form. Sidney (8/11/1889-5/1/1967) and Ida Sabloff (12/10/1890-12/1981) were born in Russia. Their son Herbert (8/24/1913-11/1976) is listed as a dentist. Their business is listed as a "confectionary store" on the census form, and it looks like they lived over the store at 101 Eaton Place. Sidney's brother Morris is shown as living with them, and Morris is listed as a widower and shown as living in Berlin in 1935. Looks like he made it out of Germany just in time.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Roy's Barber Shop

In the 1950's, one of the most popular spots for boys in the Stockton neighborhood was Roy's Barber Shop. The shop was at 6 North 19th Street in that storefront shown above under the fire escape. While Roy did give a good haircut, the main incentive to visit the shop regularly was Roy's giant collection of comic books which he sold or traded or just left out for reading while waiting for a haircut. In a back room, he had what appeared to be hundreds, if not thousands of comics; many of them were new ones left unsold at retail stores. The stores then cut off the top half of the cover and sent those top halves back to the publishers for credit, and somehow, probably for a very small fee, Roy ended up with the rest of the comic. 

The building shown above was built about 1910 and was named The Greenwood Apartments.

Roy was Leroy Z Rutger, born 9/10/1894 and died 12/01/1971. He lived with his mother Rose at 1 North Sterling Street near the NW corner where Main Street, Hedden Place and North Sterling Street converged. Rose had a boarding house there. That area including Sterling Street was destroyed during the work on I-280 in the mid-1960's.

The last listing for Roy's Barber Shop is in the 1963 city directory. 

Below: an early 20th century photo of The Greenwood Apartments

Roy lived on the right side of where the #402 is and his business was where #542 is (from a 1911 map) 

Below: Leroy Rutger in the 1940 census