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From eBay: this program is from the First Annual Hackensack Horse Show, held on October 27, 1900 at the Oritani Field Club grounds. I guess we all missed the 109th Edition a few months ago on the tennis courts.

Here's the auction if you want this program:


No, not the one in The Record this week - this one's from four score and seven years ago:


This 230-page survey covers the public school education plan and the school building program, dated November 1921.Covers population growth, groups of students, types of desks, heating systems, blackboards, classroom size, toilets, gyms, teacher lounges and so much more! If you are an educator or administrator anywhere, but especially in and around the Hackensack NJ area, be sure to check this out. Loaded with historically-significant information regarding the deplorable school conditions of the era.

Want it? Here's the eBay auction:


Hackensack Discussion / A Hackensack Girlfriend
« on: January 19, 2009, 07:17:43 PM »

Beauty, ain't she? That's what you're missing out on by living in Hackensack NJ instead of Hackensack MN.

She's 17' tall and she's Paul Bunyan's girlfriend. Babe the Blue Ox might be cuter.

The town held a contest to name her and they came up with this gem: Lucette Diana KENSACK!

One day, Paul just couldn't take that face anymore and called in "Extreme Makeover: Statue Edition". This was the result:

I guess that's an improvement, but it looks like they left the spackling crew under her skirt. Maybe they house the town's snowplows there or perhaps THAT'S what a kensack is! Whichever, it's not exactly flattering.

She looks like she's Italian now, so I guess this is appropriate:

Of course, the pizzas are 5' in diameter and cost $83 each.

I think I'll stay put.


« on: January 10, 2009, 11:36:05 AM »

A fire destroyed the Historic Anderson Street Train Station early this morning.

The historic Anderson Street Train Station in Hackensack was destroyed this morning by a three-alarm fire.

According to Matthew Wagner, Hackensack Deputy Fire Chief, the blaze started just before 6AM and grew into a three-alarm fire. Mutual Aid from surrounding communities helped battle the fire. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The station was built in 1869 and was one of the stations on the Erie Railroad.

The station was listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1984.


Happy New Year!

Well, here's a first.

About an hour ago, I heard something outside that sounded like a high school band, but I couldn't see anything and the sound just vanished after a minute or two.

15 minutes ago, I heard it again and much louder. It seemed to be coming from Anderson St. Suddenly, I saw some sort of procession with a police escort going east on Anderson between Union and Main. They turned left on Main and the music stopped. I don't know what happened after that.

Anybody have any idea what that was?


Hackensack Discussion / What Passes for Humor in That "Other" Hackensack
« on: December 26, 2008, 11:28:36 AM »


Hackensack Discussion / George Stimmel: Riverside/Foschini Park
« on: December 08, 2008, 03:11:12 PM »
I found this George Stimmel landscape on eBay.

Here's the auction:

The seller identifies it as "River Side Park. Hack", which I imagine would be Foschini Park, and thinks it's from the 1950s. That may very well be, but I'm wondering about those buildings and smokestacks (?) behind them.

Does anyone recognize them and might this be from an earlier time?

Hackensack Discussion / The Eyes of Hackensack
« on: December 04, 2008, 10:53:46 AM »
"Cross eyes made straight without using knife or drugs" (!)

Just call 972:

Free Classifieds and Announcements / The Hunger Site
« on: November 27, 2008, 10:06:42 AM »
This is my annual Thanksgiving reminder (first time here) for you all to go to and click the button to give food EVERY DAY. It's in my Favorite Places and has been the first site I visit daily for about 8 years now.

That's it! You don't have to give any information and no one will ever contact you. It takes two seconds. It's 100% hassle-free and won't cost you a penny.

How can anyone say no?

Mom strikes again!

I just found the negatives for these. She took pictures in 1956 and 1957 of the old and new Holy Trinity School.

The first image is the old building where the parking lot is now. The second is the foundation for the new HTS. You can see the backs of the apartment buildings at 46 and 50 Anderson St. These were taken on August 9, 1956:

The next two images show the convent, which looks almost completed, and the school, which has a way to go. These were taken on February 25, 1957:

The "new" school, according to her Daily Events book, opened a half-century ago on Monday, September 8, 1958 ("half-day!", she notes).


Any of you guys in here?  ;)

This was the only familiar surname I saw:

Hackensack Discussion / Halloween Decorations on Clinton Place
« on: November 01, 2008, 01:15:04 AM »
I went to Clinton Place on Thursday afternoon and took these pictures with my cellphone:

These are not real people! Streams of reddish-brown something were continuously coming from those containers:

(It was a Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory scene, in case you were wondering about that something)


Hackensack History / Hackensack - A City in "Motion"
« on: October 31, 2008, 01:32:54 AM »
Mom strikes again!

I wonder if this June 1975 image that she took from a car on Route 4 indicates exactly what type of motion the city was engaged in.  ;)

Hackensack History / The 1962 Wally Schirra Main St Parade
« on: October 30, 2008, 01:40:09 AM »
On October 15, 1962, Original 7 Mercury astronaut Wally Schirra of Oradell (born in Hackensack Hospital) was given a parade on Main St, Hackensack. I just found these pictures taken by my mother, from whom I seem to have inherited the photo gene.

Mom appears to have been running after Wally all over Main St, from David Burr to Womrath's and...............Vic Tanny's?

(maybe that's where the Riviera girls stayed in shape)

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