Stories in a Picture from the 1970's: Some Additional Observations

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Stories in a Picture from the 1970's: Some Additional Observations

Journeys into River Edge

"Every picture tells a story" goes an old saying. Thanks to Martha Szalay Scannell on Pinterest, we are blessed with a 1970's vintage picture that tells quite a few stories about River Edge.

In earlier postings about the picture we spoke of the McDonald's and the Junkyard.

Here we'll mention some other sites that caught our eye:

The American gas station on the corner was one of three American/Amoco station in town at one time. Back in the 1960's it was an Amoco station. In the 1970's the name was changed to American (Their slogan; You expect more from American and you get it), until the company was bought out by BP (British Petrol). It is now site of the BP station, though if you look closely reference is made to the Amoco fuels it serves up.

On the corner just across from the gas station was a warehouse that occupied that spot until it was razed for the self-storage facility that stands there now. Some still recall it having been a facility for Huffman and Boyle at one time. Then a variety of companies called the place home. One of the problems both for occupants and those passing by was that the loading docks faced Main Street - a situation not optimal for all parties. Some days drivers would be snarled by trains first and the by trucks at the loading docks. Not too many missed the demise of that place.

Right next door was the small building that is now a shoe repair shop. The gentleman who owns the business was a long time lessee at Mr. Bob's up the street until that building was refashioned for what is there now, a 7-11. The shoe repair building itself was a longtime barber shop - Artie's - which gave a good cut and good talk.

As mentioned in an earlier posting, the old Cherry Hill Reform Church building, which also was the first home of River Edge's synagogue (then called the Jewish Community House of River Edge) was still standing in this shot. Now the site is a parking lot for the office building at the corner of Kinderkamack and Main Street

Finally, a word about the intersection. This picture was taken not long after the intersection of Main Street and Hackensack Avenue had been reconfigured. For a long time there was no traffic light there - even after a new New Bridge Road had been built in the late-1950's. A traffic light did not come in until the early 1970's. Until that time there was only a stop sign at an increasingly busy and dangerous intersection. At that same time, a "jug handle" was added traffic turning north on Hackensack Avneue which passed between PIzzaTown and the Steuben Arms garden apartments. This addition meant that a dangerous and traffic jam producing left turn onto Main Street could be eliminated.

One of last note. It is hard to tell whether the railroad crossing gates had been installed at that time of these pictures. It might be hard to believe now but for many years (perhaps as late as the late 1960's early 1970's, there were no gates at the tracks - there was a sign and then bells and flashing lights when a train approached). But it was not until later that gates were finally added. By that time, too many lives had been lost because of their absence. As mentioned above, it was hard to tell in this picture whether by the time of the picture whether the  gates had been installed.

As you can see there was a lot to this picture - at least for these eyes. If there was any thing more that caught your eye or you would like to share with us, we invite you to do so. We would like to add your input to our community narrative.