Author Topic: George Stimmel - 4 more Hackensack Watercolors  (Read 3907 times)

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George Stimmel - 4 more Hackensack Watercolors
« on: April 05, 2009, 03:40:28 PM »
There are 2 auctions (same seller) on eBay - each for 2 George Stimmel watercolor images of Hackensack scenes. The first two are Hackensack River scenes and the other two are Hackensack churches. I'm sure you'll recognize all 4 scenes (actually, I'm not sure which swivel bridge that is, so if you know for sure, please post the info).

I've alerted the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in case he wants that image of his building.

The seller originally thought the river scenes were lakeside scenes, but changed the title after I contacted him. That's why "lakeside" is still in the auction's URL.

Each set of starts at $99.00 - well worth it.

BTW - I've spiffed up the seller's scans a bit for posterity so we'll have nice images to look at long after the auction is over. I don't know how accurate the seller's scans are, but take a look:

http://cgi.ebay.com/2-George-Stimmel-of-Hackensack-NJ-Watercolors-Lakeside_W0QQitemZ120402158039QQihZ002QQcategoryZ551QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/2-George-Stimmel-of-Hackensack-NJ-Watercolors-Church_W0QQitemZ120402159640QQihZ002QQcategoryZ551QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


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Re: George Stimmel - 4 more Hackensack Watercolors
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2009, 07:03:47 PM »
Great finds!! My guess is that it is the Court Street Bridge under construction.  It's not New Bridge because there is no iron work above the bridge at New Bridge. 

Here's a picture of the completed Court Street Bridge:
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(caption says that the bridge opened in 1908)

I realize the Stimmel painting is dated 1952, so perhaps he did it from memory or had another image reference. Stimmel was born in 1880 and would have been 28 when the bridge opened. 

It could also be the midtown (Salem Street) bridge: Click here for picture.
(The caption says it opened in 1900 but that a 1964 alteration rendered swing span inoperable)

There are other swing bridges along the Hackensack River.  I suppose the old Anderson Street Bridge is another candidate, but I don't think it was swing bridge. But perhaps Stimmel's bridge is not a swing bridge at all, but a stationary bridge floating in the river during construction.  Very interesting.


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Re: George Stimmel - 4 more Hackensack Watercolors
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2009, 08:58:16 PM »
You know, I looked at the same Flickr page of Hackensack bridges before I posted those images, but there was nothing absolutely definitive. If I had to guess, I'd say it's the Midtown Bridge because it's flat on top, but, like you said, it could be something that hadn't reached its destination yet.

It might not even be a fully-constructed piece.
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Re: George Stimmel - 4 more Hackensack Watercolors
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2009, 11:41:22 AM »
This is Harold " Dukie " Dillard - HHS Class of 1965.
Always had a smile on his face.

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