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December 3, 2016

History of Hoboken, New Jersey in the First Half of the 20th Century Through Rare Vintage Photos

Hoboken is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the New York metropolitan area and is the site of Hoboken Terminal, a major transportation hub for the region.

Hoboken was first settled as part of the Pavonia, New Netherland colony in the 17th century. During the early 19th century the city was developed by Colonel John Stevens, first as a resort and later as a residential neighborhood. It became a township in 1849 and was incorporated as a city in 1855. Hoboken is the location of the first recorded game of baseball (although this is disputed) and of the Stevens Institute of Technology, one of the oldest technological universities in the United States.

Located on the Hudson Waterfront, the city was an integral part of the Port of New York and New Jersey and home to major industries for most of the 20th century. It is also well known for being the birthplace and hometown of American singer Frank Sinatra, one of the most popular and most influential musical artists of the 20th century.

Take a look to see the development of this city in the first half of the 20th century through 34 rare vintage photos below.

Cordt's Furniture Store at 200 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ, 1907

Holland Tunnel on opening day (Delaware Hotel in the background), Hoboken, NJ, 1908

Washington St. looking south, Hoboken, NJ, 1908

Hoboken terminal on Observer Highway, Hoboken, NJ, 1910

Garden and Fourth St., Hoboken, NJ, 1912

 Hoboken news stand on Washington Ave. and 3rd St., December 1912

 Building trolley tracks on Washington St., Hoboken, NJ, 1913

Donkey cart - Hoboken Mayor Cooke's Public Market (Demerest High School in the background), ca. 1912-15

 Bishops' Theater at 106 First St., Hoboken, NJ, 1915

Hoboken to Jersey City trolley lift, 1915

Cadets marching on Washington St. in Hoboken, NJ, ca. 1914-18

61 First St. in Hoboken, NJ, 1917

Pubic Service Building on Washington St., Hoboken, NJ, 1926

The building at 301 Monroe St. in Hoboken, NJ, ca. 1920s

Boy at 11th and Hudson St. with the Lipton Tea Building in the background, Hoboken, NJ, 1931

 Hoboken Yellow Cab Co., Newark St. between Bloomfield and Washington St. in Hoboken, NJ, 1933

Dept of Health, Hoboken, NJ, 1935

 Stairs to the elevated tracks in Hoboken, Willow Ave. and Ferry St.(now Observer Highway), ca. 1932-38

 Hausold Bros bakery and restaurant (now Arthur's Tavern and restaurant) at Washington and 3rd St., Hoboken, NJ, 1938

 Neumann trucks under the elevated trolley tracks on Observer Highway in Hoboken, NJ, 1939

 Windsor Wax Co. fire, Hoboken, NJ, ca. mid 1930s

 Washington St. in Hoboken looking north, 1942

 Monroe St. looking North, Hoboken, NJ, ca. 1942-45

 Biggies Clam Bar at 318 Madison St., Hoboken, 1946

Memorial Day in Hoboken, NJ, 1947

 Observer Highway in Hoboken, NJ, 1949

 Hoboken elevated trolley tracks on Observer Highway looking west in the 1940s

 Neumann Leather Co. and the elevated tracks on Observer Highway in Hoboken, NJ. ca. 1940s.

 The El in Hoboken, on Ferry St. (now Obeserver Highway), ca. 1940s

 Hotel Madison at 1316-1318 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ, 1955

Children at 125 Madison St. in Hoboken, NJ in the early 1950s

Hoboken Cops in the 1950s

Hoboken Cops in the 1950s

Park Ave. and 10th St., Hoboken, NJ, ca. 1950s

(Photos from Lenny)


  1. does anyone know the name of the resturant on washington st somewhere between 3rd and 6th on east side of the street.resturant and bar

  2. Does anyone remember my grandfather Anthony Raffo from Raffo's Bar on 10th and Willow? Any relatives still living in Hoboken related to Anthony Raffo? A third cousin contacted me through 23andme to let me know that he lived above the bar and his father was first cousin's with my grandfather. I never met my grandfather. He died in 1955. His cousin was John Bernard Raffo.

  3. Does anybody remember the name of the bar that was located on 6th & willow across from hardware store back in the 70"s

  4. Was Flying Pizza (across from Sorellina now (was originally the German place Helmer's) where Maxwell's is one of the first slices in town from what I am being told.

  5. Does anyone remember a bar in the 1940s and 1950s at 258 10th street owned by Anthony J Raffo and then his son, Anthony F Raffo (my grandfather). I actually got clarification in the archives that this is where the bar was and that my great grandfather was the owner and he died in the 40s and my grandfather took over in the late 40s until 1955 when he died. I don't know the name, I thought it was called Raffo's bar?




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