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        This stately home, known as the Gen. Alexander Macomb House, stood at 125 Main St. in Belleville, fronting on the Passaic River just a couple of blocks south…

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      Top Photo: KPD Bottom Photo by Karen Zautyk With our ‘Then’ pictures, it is often difficult to determine what year they were taken. That’s…

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        Our last ‘Then & Now’ featured a 1930 Harrison photo of N. 4th St. (now Frank E. Rodgers Blvd.) viewed from Harrison Ave. This…

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      Once again, we venture into yesteryear Harrison, the specific year being 1930. The specific day, Jan. 30. The horse-drawn trolleys cited in last week’s ‘Then’…

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      This week’s ‘Then’ photo is of Harrison Ave. in Harrison and dates from 1895. We have scant information about it, so we can only hazard…

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      That rather ornate structure in the ‘Then’ photo is the Jackson St. Bridge, linking Harrison to the Ironbound section of Newark at the southern end…

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      What you are looking at ‘Then’ is a photo taken at the 1921 Kearny High School cornerstone laying ceremony, which, considering all the bunting…

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      Last time, ‘Then & Now’ featured the Old Soldiers Home on Belgrove Drive in Kearny. This week, we focus on the statue of the Civil…

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    Regarding the site depicted in this week›s ’Then’ photo, the following description is by William C. Brigham Jr. published in The Observer in 1933: ‘The New…

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        Officially, it was known as the Catholic Protectory, an orphanage for boys in the Diocese (later, Archdiocese) of Newark.  Eventually, it was called Boystown,…

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    This was one of those mystery postcards. ‘Midland Ave. looking Northwest, Arlington, N.J.’ it said. But looking northwest from where? Then, as luck would have it, we…

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    Yes, there it is. Eagan’s. Long a landmark at the northeast corner of Schuyler Ave. and the Belleville Pike. While just over the border in North…

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    The ‘Then’ photo, from what was apparently a local postcard, is not dated, but those postcards usually come from the pre-World War I years. The…

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        Here, we have a mystery. The ‘Then’ image is from a postcard dated 1920 and apparently published by Knox Presbyterian Church of Kearny. The…

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        In honor of Memorial Day 2014, we bring you a ‘Then’ photo of Memorial Day 1926. Placing flags on the graves in the Veterans’…

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      The lovely red brick building with the white Doric columns has stood on Kearny Ave. since 1907, housing the main branch of the still-vibrant…

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          In early March, ‘Then & Now’ featured a 1906 view of the Erie Railroad Cut as seen from the Kearny Ave. bridge between…

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      When we first saw this postcard marked ‘Belgrove Drive,’ we knew instantly we wanted to use it for Then & Now. But where exactly…

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        Except for the red brick building on the far left, the houses in this nearly century-old postcard view of Devon St. at Wilson…

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      The old postcard view of the Kearny Town Hall is undated, but it had to be taken before June 9, 1913 (we’ll explain in…

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    The elegant looking, dome-crowned, brick firehouse on Midland Ave. at Argyle Place, Kearny, was little more than a decade old when this postcard photo was…

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          Here, on the left, is another one of those delightful local-scene postcards from the early 20th century, this one postmarked 1914 and…

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            What you’re looking at on the left is the Kearny Fire Department’s Truck No. 1, a 1920 American LaFrance model. Although…

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          What makes this circa 1911 photo of Terrace Place at Midland Ave., Kearny, a bit more special than your usual street scene…

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    For a change, the ‹Now’ photo shows a scene more bucolic than the ‹Then’ image. That’s because what you’re looking at ‹Now’ is the long-disused…

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        This week’s ‘Then’ photo comes from a 1908 postcard, which unfortunately does not identify the photographer or the exact location, other than ‘Along…

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