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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Bound Brook: 1936

Bound Brook: 1936

February 1936. "Street in Bound Brook, New Jersey, showing crowded conditions." Medium-format nitrate negative by Carl Mydans. View full size

 

Over the river and through the woods

My family has lived in BB for over 100 years. My great-grandmother lived at 4 Drake Street. I knew right away that was the way to Minnie's house. My grandmother and mother were born in that same house, as well as my great-uncles and my aunt, by the town midwife, Mrs. Sterms (not sure of the spelling). Thanks for the memories. We all know where Chitch's was, so anyone who lived in Bound Brook in the good ole days knows this street.

Camp Northover

I went to a camp in Bound Brook in the 1960s -- it was called Northover, on Vosseller Avenue. Anybody out there with pictures?

Astonishing - and so little has changed in 70 years

This is one of the most interesting photos I've seen here. I grew up in NJ and have been through Bound Brook many times. I'm amazed how very little has changed besides tree growth and paint. Thanks Dave. This is the type of photo I keep returning to Shorpy's to see.

The lady upstairs

The lady on the balcony on the left appears to be doing some serious house cleaning, shoving the furniture outside to air out or get out of the way for her floor cleaning.

Found it: Linden Avenue

100 block of Linden Avenue, right by Drake Street.


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Cyanamid

A friend recently renovating his living room removed molding to find broken-down portions of American Cyanamid wooden crates behind the molding. They were marked "highly explosive" and addressed to 30 Rock. I found it so interesting I had to keep one and place it over my fireplace.

Drivers, not steerers

>> Shots like this make you wonder how the hell people got around in those days without four wheel drive!

They knew how to drive! I've lived in nearby Somerset for the last 37 years and travel through Bound Brook frequently. I'll see if I can locate the street pictured and post a 2009 view.

Know it well

I grew up a few miles from here. I never thought of Bound Brook as a crowded town necessarily; just a typical industrial town in the Northeast, and somewhat picturesque in spots. Major employers in the area at this time are Union Carbide and American Cyanamid, both purveyors of not-so-wholesome chemicals. Cyanamid is gone, but the UC plant is still around, owned by Dow Chemical. My stepfather used to work there.

Shots like this make you wonder how the hell people got around in those days without four wheel drive!

 
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