Rahway River in Taylor Park, Ca. 1950s
This image provides a view of the Taylor Park pond and its footbridge. Many of the small homes built along the east side of Main Street were destroyed in order to build the park. In the 1940s, Taylor Park was home to many activities, such as fishing and ice skating. The pond also served as the town swimming pool until the current pool was built in White Oak Ridge Park. The historic St. Stephens Church can be seen in the background.
View of Taylor Park, Ca. 1939
This image provides a view of the Taylor Park pond and its footbridge. Many of the small homes built along the east side of Main Street were destroyed in order to build the park. In the 1940s, Taylor Park was home to many activities, such as fishing and ice skating. The pond also served as the town swimming pool until the current pool was built in White Oak Ridge Park. The card was sent to Mrs. Charlotte M. Krause in Milton, PA. and the sender, E. Shoemaker, wrote: "Dear Mrs. Krause: Today has been a very rainy day, but I am enjoying myself nevertheless. I am afraid when I come home I will not want to work. I do not get up until 8:00 and 8:30 and am getting fat. Can you imagine that? We have been in town every other day, also to the movies. Was going over to see Aunt Eunice today, bu they had other arrangements. Just as well, for it would of been an awful day to go. See you soon."
Millburn Avenue, Ca. 1950s
This 1950s postcard looks at Millburn Avenue from Main Street, toward Maplewood. The red awning just beyond the white and tan car on the left was the Millburn Delicatessen, across the street from its current location as of 2013. Next to the Millburn Deli was Charm Footwear at 329 Millburn Avenue. Next to Charm was Radio Sales Corp.
Main Street at Millburn Ave, Ca. 1957
An identical postcard in the historical society collection has a special postmark commemorating Millburn's centennial celebration in 1957, so it is presumed that this postally-unused postcard dates to that same period. The picture was taken from Millburn Avenue, looking up Main Street. Note the two drug stores on opposite corners; Whelan's is on the left and Kaiser's is on the right. Above the entrance door to Kaiser's, was a landmark clock, under which people often made arrangements to meet.
Anderson Bros. Cards and Gifts
The historical society's business directories, online at the Millburn library website, facilitate searches for the residents and businesses of Millburn from 1850 through 1981. Directories seem to have been published approximately every other year, and a search for Anderson Bros.' card and gift shop at 728 Morris Avenue, as the back of this card tells us this is, shows nothing in 1958, but the store first appears in the 1960 directory. From 1960 through the 1970 directory, the store was owned by Newark borthers Gordon and George Anderson. In the 1973 directory the business was owned by former baker Raymond P. Shelter, from the Bloomfield/Glen Ridge area. Shelter was 76 years old by 1973 and he still owned the business in 1981, which is the last directory year online. As can be seen in the postcard, the store sold greeting cards and small gifts. In 2013 the site is home to the Supercuts hair salon.
Investors Savings--63 Main Street
Until the current Millburn Post Office opened in 1939, this Investors Savings and Loan Association building at 64 Main Street was home to the Millburn Post Office. As of 2013 it is still home to a bank--the Hudson City Savings Bank.
The New B. Altman & Co at the Mall at Short Hills
A circa late-1950s advertising-postcard view of B. Altman & Co. at the early Mall at Short Hills. B.Altman & Co. was built in 1956 and became the first store at what eventually became the Mall at Short Hills. The Altman's telephone exchange "Drexel 9..." is the reason for many of the "379-..." area telephone numbers. An exchange name is used to represent the first two letters of a 7-digit telephone number (exchange names have nothing to do with area codes or country codes). The first two letters of the exchange name are the first two digits of the phone number, when they are spelled out on a telephone dial or keypad. Telephone exchange names were used until the 60s and even into the 70s in some places.
Current Millburn Post Office Opened in 1939
A May 1939 Item article reported on the construction of the new Millburn post office on Millburn Avenue: "The work of foundation preparation and excavation was going rapidly forward when underlying quicksand was discovered and contractor and government agents went into a quick huddle. Work on pouring foundation walls was halted and now all waits on word from Washington as to pile driving and other means of meeting ths situation..." by July 1939 the newspaper reported: "Millburn's post office building met difficulties in the early stages of its construction, quicksand holding up work on the foundation and entailing considerable work in overcoming it. Now, however, the walls are up to a point where roof beams are being set and it is expected the end of this month will see plastering and finishing being rushed so that it may be opened in the Fall." The historical society has in its collection an envelope commemorating the dedication of the new US post office at Millburn NJ and it is postmarked Nov. 13, 1939, so the contractors apparently successfully met their fall deadline. This postally unused postcard was likely issued aorund that time, to commemorate the opening of the new building.
Investors Savings & Loan Assoc in the 1950s
Until the current Millburn Post Office opened in 1939, this Investors Savings and Loan Association building at 64 Main Street was home to the Millburn Post Office. As of 2013 it is still home to a bank--the Hudson City Savings Bank. The back of this postcard, on which someone wrote "Feb. 12, 1955," notes that savings are "insured up to $10,000."
First National Bank Ca. 1910
The barren ca. 1910 landscape around the First National Bank building, still at the intersection of Millburn Avenue and Main Street, always elicits expressions of surprise from viewers accustomed to the much more congested downtown Millburn we find today.
First National Bank and Millburn Post Office
This postcard view of Main Street, near Millburn Avenue, notes that it is a view of the First National Bank (the taller brick building on the left) and the post office. The "post office" was the Millburn post office before it moved to its present location and that building on Main Street is now home to the Hudson City Savings Bank, at 62 Main Street.
First National Bank Building--1918
Another First National Bank postcard in the historical society's collection has a hand-written message that it is the tallest building in town and "we are very proud over it." This building at the intersection of Millburn Avenue and Main Street may still be the tallest building in the area--and we are still very proud over it. The postcard is postmarked August 20, 1918. Note the fashionable long-skirted woman, with the large floral hat, headed toward the building, and the gentleman lounging against the front of the building, apparently enjoying "standing on the corner, watching all the girls go by."
Looking Up Main Street From Millburn Avenue
The pre-1907 photographer of this Millburn view was standing in the intersection of Millburn and Main when the photo was taken and was looking up Main Street toward what is now the middle school. A trolley can be seen coming down Main, toward the photographer, and the elevated RR tracks can be seen behind the trolley. A horse and carriage are parked at the curb, to the right of the trolley.
Main Street From Millburn Avenue, Ca. 1908
This real-photo postcard is postmarked Dec 29, 1908 and was sent to Mr. James Dickson, Jr., Cor. Swan & Jefferson Sts., Albany, NY. The sender, "A.B.," wrote: "Where I am hanging my hat tonight." That hat-hanging place was the Millburn Hotel, which was later moved just a few feet down Millburn Avenue (toward Morris Ave) and in 2013 is the site of Starbucks--where you can still hang your hat.
Millburn Avenue, Circa 1905
A postally unused, circa 1905, real-photo postcard image of Millburn Avenue, at Main Street, looking toward Morris Avenue. The Millburn Hotel, on the right, was moved down the street a short distance and that original corner site is home to Starbucks as of 2013.