Readerpix: Old Hoboken!

9/18/2009:

Here’s an extra awesome Reader Photo Gallery today, courtesy of Al Ferriulo – who was a Hoboken resident up until 1975 (he lives in Texas now). He found some old photos and thought that the Hoboken411 readers would enjoy them! See gallery, history and descriptions below!

Hoboken411 reader photo gallery of the day – 9/18/2009

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History: Stevens Photo

“The Steven’s pic was part of a family album. The man’s name who took it was Coyle McCabe. Coy drove a hack in New York and also was a teamster who many times took his horse and wagon across the Hudson via the ferry. I never met him but he was a friend of my Grandpa. Unusual too, because, my Grandpa was from Italy and Coy was an Irishman. I got the pic from one of his great niece’s who lives in Hoboken to this day. Her name is Eileen McManus.

History: “The El”

“The photos of the El have inscriptions on the back which I sent to you along with the photo scans. An odd but nice fellow nicknamed Jimmy Gimp lived in my neighborhood on First and Monroe. He had a nephew named Shoehorn and a brother named Cowboy that I was also friends with. I think he fancied himself a historian and a recorder of history. He would try to come off high toned in his conversations by using $1.50 words but he misused them kind of like Leo Gorcy or most recently the Don’s son in the Soprano’s. I was always fascinated by the Elevated trains, don’t ask me why, and Jimmy one day gave me these pictures when I was a around 13.years old. He had lots of lower Hoboken photos I wish I had gotten a hold of them. Poor Jimmy was found dead in his apartment in the late 60’s. He lived alone and it was a while until he was found.”

Al also said that his Uncle still lives in Hoboken (across from Benny Tudino’s) – and they both remember when slices of the “world’s largest slice” were only 25 cents!

Thanks again for your submission, Al – and look forward to the next one!

[Stay tuned for the next Readerpix entry! – Note: one reader’s photo(s) will be featured from time to time. Unless your photo is time-sensitive – it will be published in the order it was received! Additional note: Your pictures will have a better chance of being published if they’re in “landscape” mode, as opposed to the taller “portrait” modes… ]

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8 Comments on "Readerpix: Old Hoboken!"

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

Next to davis bkg powder was cut rite on 50 harrison st ..Made wax paper and toilet paper during ww2… Moved to Chester Pa in 1957 and now makes various products including scott paper towels.

escaped68
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My father worked at davis baking powder for 20 years. It was a family owned and run business for a long time then it went through a series of sales and resales over 5 years and then it was turned into a warehouse. But in my house there was always plenty of cocomalt and my-fine pudding.

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

Shoehorn’s name just came to me while watching an old movie. Frank Rizzo.

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

Yankees just lost—damn it!!!

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

I know shoehorn from the old neighborhood and can still picture him, but for the life of me can’t remember his actual name. He did attend St.Joseph’s grammar School and lived on Jackson St. That large building on the bottom was the Cocomalt Davis Baking Soda sign on Jackson St near the school and the neighborhood would smell of chocolate. That sign was later changed to My-T-Fine Pudding and was struck down by lightning in the 60’s. The trolly was already gone by then. I never remembered it.

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

correction: The sign actually read: Cocomalt Davis Baking Powder.

In response to whineanddineinhob who said:
I know shoehorn from the old neighborhood and can still picture him, but for the life of me can’t remember his actual name. He did attend St.Joseph’s grammar School and lived on Jackson St. That large building on the bottom was the Cocomalt Davis Baking Soda sign on Jackson St near the school and the neighborhood would smell of chocolate. That sign was later changed to My-T-Fine Pudding and was struck down by lightning in the 60’s. The trolly was already gone by then. I never remembered it.

Red Haven
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Red Haven

Great pictures! The current owners of the My-T-Fine building want to tear it down to build high-rise condo towers. It’s a great old building that shouldn’t be demolished.

In response to whineanddineinhob who said:
correction: The sign actually read: Cocomalt Davis Baking Powder.

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