Monday, November 7, 2016

Great Walls of the Past

Historic walls.
Amorite Wall 21st century BC
Long walls of Athens 461 BC
Alexander's Barrier 5th century BC
Great Wall of China 14-17 century AD
Walls of Constaninople (fell 1450)
Harridan's Wall 122AD
Siegfried Line/Westwall 1917
Maginot Line 1932
Berlin Wall 1960-1989
North Korean Border 1977
Israeli West Bank Wall 2004
Hungarian Border Barrier 2015
A further list of walls here

All built to keep out "others".  Is that who we are? America, where our motto has been
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

Let us not build walls of exclusion. Build roads to compromise. Let us not build walls to divide. Build roads to unite.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Foxey Loxey

Our handsome fox was hurt (by a car?) and was in our drive last Wednesday.
His front paw is injured. He sat with his friend the feral cat for a while.
He sat around in the sun for quite a while before heading off to the front yard.

We called an animal rehab guy, but he got here too late to see Foxey.  If you are local and see him please call Buck Taylor at 703.615.4812 or 703.440.0800.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Milltown Road

 The Smith Family home is being sold and torn down.

c 1930
c 1947
Bill and Peter in the front yard with the Stoudts (boarders) and Oma (H Beck's grandmother). Note the fluttering chicken in the foreground. Many an Easter chick was dropped off in the front yard. No walking under the trees, no sleeping in.
My painting of his home for my husband"s Christmas present.
History gone like the Lawrence Smith Orchard and Farm up the road.

Update with some pictures from Facebook 

Wheel with tree grown around it.  I hope this gets saved!

Some photos from real estate listings .... 3+ acres, 1890 house.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Class of 2020

675 Ocean: Further Comment on Elberon

After writing about our old house, comments on my Facebook Hometown Long Branch page and getting feed back for Nancy I think I'll add on.  Nancy mentioned a Mrs. Wolf living in the house.  I'm betting that was Florence Wolf.

She owned a house where Harbor Island Spa was built. Here's a great article about the house.

That was there when I knew her and her son Sammy Wolf.  They were friends of my Aunt Jean and uncle's crowd.  That included  Marty Schneider.  He delighted in taking off his wooden leg to shock folks.  At his parties the kids would collect champagne corks.  He was rumored to have been a rum runner in the old days.  "Boardwalk Empire" anyone?

There was Jack and Gwennie Wagner who lived in the "servants" part of 1023 Ocean.  He sold ambulances and hearses and she was a special friend of our friend Bam.  It was complicated.  Bam used to entertain at lunch with cocktails and gourmet food (my introduction to poached salmon) on his patio.  I think of him every time I poach a fish.

Frank Holmes was also in the group.  In 1946 as Director and Sec. of the State Department of Conservation, Division of Commerce and Navigation Council in Trenton.  he was partly responsible for the "T" jetties being built on the Elberon ocean front.  This group were heavy drinkers all, on the order of  "Mad Men".

Any whoo...Sammy gave great parties.  Barbecues on the beach.  I've never had better hamburgers.  They were really not kid parties by anyone's standards.  His mother Flo was strange even then.  She would appear on the third floor balcony that circled the central hall of the house, what ever the weather, in a bathing suit or the all together, a sight to behold either way.  Sammy always wore a bathing suit, even to go to the store in winter.

From what I can gather Flo had a falling out with her son over the house.  Here's a Red bank Record article about the fire in her house.  This link goes to a great issue, have a read.

And here's a second article.  Having lost the house to the mafia I think she was living at 1165 Elberon with her cats in August 1963.

I wish I had pictures from this era. I love digital.  This would have been some group to record.
Read the whole six part series about Harbor Mansions.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Jersey Coast: Long Branch to Sea Girt, Then and Now

I took a group of pictures when we were in Elberon a year or so ago (or maybe more). Along with images from my postcard collection and a New York Times article I found on Hometown Long Branch describing the area in 1888 I give you a view of the area now and then.  I remember my Nana talking about riding down Ocean Avenue in a carriage.  She was born in 1891.
Here she is (center) at her high school graduation around 1907. 
Here's the NY Times news clipping, part 1.  Click to read the whole thing.
Elberon houses now.  (Some of what's left anyway.)

This was a coach house originally.

A photo shoot was happening here.
For sale. 1.5 million.  Pool.  Needs work.
This is old time Long Branch boardwalk and Ocean Avenue.
 1910 Note the dirt roadway.  This postcard image I found on Facebook's Hometown Long Branch.
 Shadow Lawn in the West End.  This building burned and was replaced with what is now the home of Monmouth University.
These old post cards from my collection hint at the grandeur.  This is the Elberon area.
 Early Deal.
 NYT article part 2.
Early Asbury Park. Deal Lake
1907 7th Avenue, 2nd Avenue
 Natatorium and Boardwalk at night
 1938 looking south, fishing pier
 Looking north

This 3 fold panoramic card is my favorite of Asbury Park. It was sent to my MIL's mother Minnie in Zwittau Austria by her sister Theresa in NJ. My MIL, also named Theresa, immigrated in 1922. Zwittau was later the site of the Schindler's List factories.

Asbury Park today. (Seriously, I want to cry.) Convention Center. Many a concert and Monmouth College basketball games seen there.
Beach to the south. Wreck of the Casino, scene of ice skating and Merry go rounds.


"New" motel from the 50's replaced the grand old structures.
Looking north.
The  Berkeley-Carteret Hotel still stands.
Looking south
Ocean Grove boundary.
Old view into Ocean Grove.
The Great Auditorium, constructed in 1894.  Originally seating 10,000, now reduced to 6,00 it is the center of concerts and summer attractions.
Looking south.  No swimming on Sunday by order of the Camp Association.
Looking north.
Old view toward Asbury Park.  I was a waitress in the low white building.
Restored Victorians.
Highly sought after tent housing.
Further south.  NYT article part 3.
Belmar.,_New_Jersey  1911.
Spring Lake.  One of the grand hotels.  It was the site of a 1916 shark attack that inspired the film "Jaws".
NYT article part 4.
I love collecting the old postcards. Some were sent between family members and some I've scored antiquing.  My high school reunion is coming up this fall and I'll be back in town to see the changes. Everything changes, not always for the best.