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December 24, 2014

35 Vintage Photos of People Celebrating the Holidays in New Jersey

Santa takes a break for a cup of joe at Liss Drugs in Jersey City in this undated photo. Courtesy of Jack Ricci.

Angelo Falvo (standing, left) gives Santa a trim at Chris' Barber Shop on Farnsworth Avenue in Bordentown, circa 1950s. Falvo worked at the shop for 43 years. Courtesy of Arlene Bice.

A longtime tradition at Georgian Court University in Lakewood was for the student body to gather in front of the mansion to sing Christmas carols, 1947. Courtesy of Georgian Court University.

A rather fit-looking Santa poses with children at the Laurelton School in Brick Township, circa early-1930s. Dolls for girls, footballs for boys. Courtesy of the Brick Township Historical Society.

The Cooper Branch Public Library in Camden is decorated to the hilt in 1939; carolers and a marching band are performing as part of the festivities. Courtesy of the Haddonfield Public Library.

Visitors view the Due Process Stable creche in Colts Neck in 1982. The property eventually became the Due Process Stable Golf Course. Courtesy of Arcadia Publishing.

Members of the Jewish War Veterans in Freehold are shown at their collection station at the intersection of Main and South streets with toys donated for needy children in the area, circa 1950s. Courtesy of Carl Steinberg

The Christmas pageant at the Oakland Street School in Red Bank featured a presentation of "The Nutcracker" in 1956. Courtesy of the Monmouth County Historical Society.

In this undated photo, children eagerly anticipate their turn to tell Santa their Christmas wishes at the Strand Theater in Summit. Courtesy of John Hand.

Soldiers pin corsages on their dance partners at a Christmas dance at Fort Dix, 1957. Courtesy of the Burlington County Historical Society.

Rabbi Leon Yagod of Congregation B'nai Israel is shown leading the candle-lighting ceremony for Chanukah in Kearny in 1953 at the site of the new synagogue at 780 Kearny Ave. Courtesy of the Jewish Historical Society of Metrowest.

Every December, ladies from The Church in Brielle conducted a holiday bazaar, as shown in this circa-1960s photo. Courtesy of The Church of Brielle.

A night view of holiday decorations on Main Street in Manasquan from 1962. The lights traditionally went on during the annual Thanksgiving parade. Courtesy of the Squan Village Historical Society

F. Budd Hineline Jr., left, and Richard Hineline operate a train set at their home in 1932. Lionel trains were made in New Jersey for years. Courtesy of the Hineline family.

Class mother Doris Bartow, left, and teacher Joan Stack, right, help fourth-grade students Donald Helwig and Billy Bartow decorate the tree that the class purchased with money they saved to celebrate Christmas at Brookdale Elementary School in Bloomfield in 1953. Courtesy of Barbara Davey.

Santa is coming to Memorial Park in Wharton to kick off the holiday season, 1952. Courtesy of the Morris County Historical Society.

Parishioners from the Athenia Reformed Church sing carols on Colfax Avenue in Clifton in 1939. Courtesy of the Van Dillon Collection.

From right, Robert Villapiano, Kenneth Lee, Louis Scalpati and Walter Casey, members of the Asbury Park Boys Club, receive some last-minute sales tips from Alex Groppe, left, and Sherman Mischler before selling candy door-to-door in their annual fundraising drive. Courtesy of the Asbury Park Historical Society.

Two students who are not twins at Sacred Heart High School in Vineland are shown setting up the school creche in 1967. Courtesy of Sacred Heart High School

Heavy snow combined with Christmas decorations in East Orange to create this 1947 scene. Courtesy of Arcadia Publishing.

A special mailbox for letters to Santa set up at Cameron Field in South Orange in the 1940s attracted three children and the man in the red suit himself. Courtesy of Eleanor Farrell.

Students at the Horace Mann School in Bayonne posed for this photo in front of the school's Christmas tree in 1912. Courtesy of the Bayonne Public Library.

Herman Gauch and Peanuts the horse are shown "delivering" Christmas trees along Schuyler Avenue in Kearny, circa 1920s. Courtesy of the Gauch family.

The Christmas program at St. Mary's Romanian Church in Roebling, 1951. Courtesy of Maryann Bordas Bunnick.

Mrs. Feldman's first-grade class at the Lyncrest School in Fair Lawn posed in front of their holiday tree in 1951. Courtesy of the Fair Lawn Historic Preservation Commission.

A tradition in Sea Isle City was for Santa to visit the Surf Hospital each Christmas with gifts for all patients. Pictured is Gus Cronecker in 1962; Mike Gardner also filled the role for many years. Courtesy of the Sea Isle City Historical Museum.

Holiday decorations adorn the streets at the corner of Broadway and Augusta in South Amboy in this photo from 1983. Courtesy of the Historical Society of South Amboy.

View of the Presbyterian church in Woodbury decorated for Christmas, circa 1900. At the time, the church had no electricity. Courtesy of the Gloucester County Historical Society.

Fireman in Montclair repairing toys for distribution to needy children in the area, circa 1950s. Another part of the tradition was for local children to donate their own toys to the drive. Courtesy of the Montclair Public Library.

Students at Franklin Elementary School in Hawthorne posed in front of their school holiday tree for this photo in 1954. Courtesy of the Hawthorne Historical Society.

A photo taken during the 1948 Christmas pageant at St. Mary's Star of the Sea girls' kindergarten. It appears that one young man was invited, likely to play Mary's husband Joseph. Courtesy of Carmela Karnoutsos.

Workers are shown preparing Christmas trees for sale at Gaudio's tree yard on Mount Ephraim Avenue in Camden in 1957. The garden center was transformed into a Christmas Wonderland each holiday season. Courtesy of Ralph Gaudio.

City officials accompany Santa down Passiac Street in Garfield as part of a parade to the Ritz Theater, where 3,000 children awaited Jolly Old St. Nick's arrival. Courtesy of the New Jersey Historical Society.

New Jersey's Statehouse in Trenton is shown with a homegrown holiday tree in 1940. Courtesy of the New Jersey Historical Society.

Santa arrived by helicopter in Clifton in 1983. That year's top holiday season movie was "A Christmas Story." Courtesy of the Paterson Museum.

(Thank you Greg Hatala, via


  1. Here's about the same view 85 years later:,-73.7478627,3a,75y,87.29h,85.76t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sMSeV-2E6YLRcd_FhzITlQA!2e0

  2. Klan Karnival.

  3. I think picture 22 and 25 need to have their captions switched.
    "Students at the Horace Mann School in Bayonne posed for this photo in front of the school's Christmas tree in 1912. Courtesy of the Bayonne Public Library."
    This caption is presented beneath photo 22 but I think it belongs under the 25th photograph.
    The kids in #22 do not look dressed in early 20th century clothes, also the floor looks modern. In picture 25 the caption reads from 1951, but on the blackboard in the background you can see "merry Christmas" with a 12 beneath it.




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