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#4 of 6

This postcard shows a steel truss railroad bridge over railroad tracks leading into a Rail Yard. There is a sign just before the bridge that reads YARD LIMIT and a switch just past the bridge.

Any idea where this might be?

#3 of 6

This card is the only ID'd one of the 6 - a concrete arch bridge over a railroad tracks adjacent to Hackensack's Prospect Avenue Station.

#2 of 6

Card 2 in the series shows a stone arch bridge over a rural creek. There is a horse-drawn Standard Oil Company wagon on the bridge along with an early automobile.

Any idea where this is?

The auction:

#1 of 6

A series of 6 real-photo postcards from around 1907 put out by a Hackensack company of builders/engineers showed up on eBay today. I wanted to address them all in one post, but because there would be about a dozen images that I would have to put at the bottom of the post and no way to ID them there, it would be very confusing for me to refer to specific images or for anyone else to reply about them, so I will have to make 6 posts.

The postcards were produced by the F. R. Long Co Engineers & Contractors of Hackensack to advertise their Bridge Building and Engineering Services. It's highly unlikely that the images were all taken in Hackensack - there's only one that's definitely Hackensack - but it's possible that many or all of the others are local. If you have any info about any of them, please post it with regard to item 1-6.

The first card is the only one with a postmark (1907) and the rest are unused. This one was mailed by someone named Bettie, who the seller claims is Frank Long's wife. It says "THESE ARE FRANK’S NEW ADV CARDS". All 6 cards would fit that description.

I will clean up the images as much as possible. Hopefully, someone knows the location of the image. Here is the auction and below are the images:

I hate generic postcards that just slap on lots of town names to the same image from who-knows-where. They may give out-of-area people a serene feeling about Hackensack, but we know better.  ::)

Below are 4 such cards that just popped up on eBay:

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.

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:

Online Auctions/Local Images (Moderated by BLeafe) / Charles Banta
« on: March 31, 2009, 10:45:03 AM »

Someone is selling a silhouette/profile of him on eBay. The dates on the second image are 1840 and 1898.

Hackensack Discussion / Hackensack: It's Like Day and Night
« on: March 28, 2009, 10:48:46 PM »
Through a dirty window in my back room:

1890s trade cards, according to the seller on eBay:

Anybody know:

if this is Holy Trinity?

the recipient's family?

what "Scout Law No. 12" is?

Hackensack History / Re: Alice Ramsey
« on: March 22, 2009, 01:43:12 PM »
From today's The Record:

Trailblazing ride made history

Sunday, March 22, 2009

One hundred years ago, a spirited Hackensack homemaker named Alice Ramsey did something remarkable: She drove an automobile from Manhattan to San Francisco.

Alice and three female passengers made the 41-day, 3,800-mile journey in a four-cylinder, 30 horsepower Maxwell touring car. They traveled mostly on dirt trails, a half-century before construction of the Interstate Highway System. The trip, which began on June 9, 1909, was a publicity stunt sponsored by the motorcar's manufacturer, the Maxwell-Briscoe Co.

History records Alice as the first woman to drive across the United States.

Acclaim, however, was decades away. At the 1960 National Automobile Show in Detroit, she was honored as the First Lady of American Automotive Travel. Forty years later, she was inducted posthumously into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

With the centennial of "Alice's drive" around the corner, Alice will be getting her due once again. A Seattle woman plans to commemorate the feat this summer by retracing the 1909 route in a rebuilt Maxwell.

The more attention, the better, says Alice's daughter, Alice Ramsey Bruns.

"She was not recognized at the time," said Bruns, who is 98 years old and lives in Clearwater, Fla. "The car should have gone into the Smithsonian, but instead, Mother said it burned up in a garage in Passaic.

"Nobody thought too much at the time about what Mother did. There wasn't television and all this stuff."

Alice Huyler Ramsey lived at 325 Union St. in Hackensack and learned to drive in 1908, when she was 21. Her husband — Bergen County lawyer and politician John Rathbone Ramsey, known as Bone — bought her an automobile after the horse she was riding, in a scary moment, bolted away.

A horseless carriage has got to be safer than a horse, he figured.

Alice, a mechanically inclined Vassar graduate, took to driving right away, and even competed in endurance races. Maxwell-Briscoe couldn't have picked a better woman to guide one of its spanking-new, open-air motorcars across America.

Alice left her baby son in the care of her supportive husband.

"He let Mother do anything that Mother wanted," Bruns said.

Accompanying Alice were Bone's two sisters, Nettie Powell and Margaret Atwood, and a friend, Hermine Jahns. None of the other women knew how to drive. Alice told of their cross-country odyssey in her 1961 book, "Veil, Duster, and Tire Iron," but here's the thumbnail version: Shadowed from coast to coast by Maxwell-Briscoe representatives, the women followed a route through upstate New York, along Lake Erie and through the nation's midsection and the foothills of the Rockies. They drove into many ditches and through much mud. They broke an axle. They broke wheels. They met up with Indians. They never tested the Maxwell's maximum speed of 40 mph. And they made their destination, none the worse for wear.

Back in Hackensack, The Evening Record devoted eight paragraphs to Alice's great adventure.

"Mrs. Ramsey and Party at Chicago," the newspaper reported on June 21, 1909. The four-paragraph article said the only trouble the women encountered was in Auburn, N.Y., "when the carburetor acted off."

"Mrs. Ramsey Has Returned," proclaimed the headline atop another four-paragraph article on Aug. 16, 1909, two days after Alice returned home by train.

"On the whole, our trip was very successful," she said. "We had some trying experiences in heavy storms and bad roads, but on a trip covering four thousand miles one must expect some unpleasantness. … Our tires troubled us some, due to the rocky roads, but that was also expected.

"All of the party enjoyed excellent health on the trip. Miss Jahns and I gained a little in weight. All of us are pretty well tanned by the constant exposure."

Alice was widowed in 1933. She moved to Ridgewood and then to Covina, Calif. She died at age 96 in 1983, a year after she quit driving her Mercedes-Benz.

Bruns said her mother made 30 cross-country trips, never had an accident and got just one ticket — for a U-turn — in 75 years behind the wheel.

Alice was a pioneer, her daughter said. The Automobile Manufacturers Association said much the same when it honored Alice at the 1960 auto show:

"Your feat, and the fact that you were with three feminine companions, helped unleash those forces which have put America and the rest of the civilized world on rubber-shod wheels. That trip through all but trackless land helped mightily convince the skeptics that automobiles were here to stay — rugged and dependable enough to command any man's respect, gentle enough for the daintiest lady."

The courageous Alice Ramsey did not have the right to vote in 1909 — the 19th Amendment would be ratified 11 years later — but she broke a barrier nonetheless.

You won't find a plaque or marker in Hackensack honoring that city's most famous long-distance driver. That's a shame, said Barbara Gooding, who has written two books on Hackensack's history.

"It's amazing, just amazing, what she did," Gooding said. "Alice was definitely ahead of her time."


Today we have images of a record cleaning pad from the Bergen Talking Machine Co. and the interior of the Hackensack Elks Club Restaurant (circa 1938, says the eBay seller).

Hackensack Discussion / Storm Over Hackensack
« on: March 20, 2009, 11:52:53 AM »
I thought maybe this belonged in the "2009 Hackensack City Election" topic, but it's really just a 1985 book of poetry selling on eBay:

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