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Hey folks. I just got finished scanning these Manville Movie Theater photos from the Manville Library Archive, which I thought you all might enjoy. All of these photos were taken by Neal Ranauro around 1954 and a couple of them have appeared on this blog before. These versions, however, are higher quality scans from the original negatives. They are huge and let’s be honest they are too awesome not to look at again. The Manville theater was in the same building that the massage parlor is on Main Street between Rosalie St. and Beekman St. You can recognize it from the weird rectangular shape on the front of the building, which is still currently there. All of the photos will enlarge twice if you click on them twice.

Please feel free to share these via social media, but please use the share buttons on the bottom of the posts so the the photos will link back to this site. It’s super important to establish this site as a trusted source of old Manville photos so people will submit more, and in turn I can share them all with you guys! In the meantime thanks for looking and stay tuned as I will be posting many many many more originally sourced photos in the near future!

Thanks again for the town of Manville and the folks over at the library for allowing me to digitally archive these, and literally thousands of other photos which I will be getting up here just as soon as I can get them all cropped and scanned.

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203 Main Street

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203 Main Street around 1940 • Click Photo to Enlarge

Hey guys. So I figured a lighter post was in order. I have a handful a these great photos which feature The building on the corner of Main & Camplain roads. Some of them have appeared on this blog before, but I wanted to reintroduce them in this new historical context.

I don’t know if it’s the official name, but I’ve always known it as “The Blumberg Building” officially located at 203 Main St. The above photo (c. 1940) is the earliest one I have, and I guess at some point an addition was put on as shown in the photos below.

These next two photos were taken by Neal Ranauro and take place at some point in the mid 1950s. The top photo is dressed with buntings for the Silver Jubille, Manville’s 25th anniversary celebration… which would date it in 1954. The bottom one still has no traffic light, so it would be slightly earlier. If you look real close you can see the building has been freshly altered. The photos will expand if you click them!

DSC04006 DSC04005They put up those cool marble looking facades across the whole front of the building & you can see the fresh brick that was the addition. I’d love to know the date of construction if anyone can verify. I’m a little jealous of Manville’s vibrant Main Street culture when it was a boomtown… looks like no one wanted to go home. The building is still there, a shell of it’s former beauty. Here is a modern photo…

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Manville News, December 5th, 1941

banner-12-5-1941Hey everyone. Since I’m on fire with the posts lately I figured I would scan another issue of the old Manville News. I know a lot of you just want to see photos, but these newspaper issues are literally not available anywhere else and are a valuable resource. Also, it’s been a long, long time since I posted one. This one is from December 5th, 1941. You can download this issue by clicking the following link… Manville News 12-05-41 OCR

If you are new to this blog… a while back I aquired some 1941-1943 issues of this old local weekly paper and have already scanned and posted like 26 issues. You can get the older issues under the “Newspaper Archive” category on the right side of the blog or by clicking HERE. You can download each issue and they are scanned with text recognition so you can search the PDFs for names and the like. They have some great old advertising too! Anyway. There are more photos coming soon I promise!

1960 Weston-Manville Station Train Schedule

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Weston-Manville Train Station • Click to enlarge

I always talk about the many Manville Train Stations. Awhile back I did a post about specifically about the Weston-Manville stop, which was the main passenger line serving Manville between Trenton and NYC. I recently lucked into an actual 1960 train schedule from the station. I am a bit of a railfan, so I hope this doesn’t bore the pants off of everyone else that comes to this site. Let’s face it though, if you are from Manville trains are a way of life. It’s the very thing that made the town so accesable to so many people in the beginning. Also, I had this gorgeous photo of a Reading Railroad passenger train passing through Manville…

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Mainly I guess it felt like finding this schedule was a personal victory, and another crucial entry into my personal Manville ephemera archive. When you went over to the Manville station the first thing you had to do was go see this guy… Michael Persinko.

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cover chartIf it was 1960 and you were headed from Manville to NYC your schedule would’ve looked like this… (It will expand if you click it)

chartAnd if you were interested in the reverse schedule, or just owning a digital copy of this I actually scanned the whole thing.

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ScanEven though I do enjoy the many freights still pulling through town, I think it’s still a disaster that there is no passenger lines servicing Manville. In a town full of tracks, it seems like a no brainer. Hopefully one day. But for now, here is a photo of some lonely train tracks to hold you over…

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Something Incredible Just Happened…

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was contacted by a woman named Anne Sullivan, who had unearthed a cache of great Manville photos, which at the time I had not yet seen. Today I got a flash drive in the mail. It includes 789 photos from 1938-39. They are incredible. There is definitely a narrative behind the photos, and as soon as I figure out what it is I will explain it.

Meanwhile, I am going to be slowly rolling out the photos on this blog. They revolve around a family or a group of friends. I am going to need lots of help sorting out who the people are. Hell, who knows… one of em might even be you. Whoever took these was obviously a hell raiser, well to do, a passioned cyclist, and had a pretty sweet eye for photography and capturing emotion. If you know anyone in the photos please comment or contact me.

Out of the batch I’d say at least 60% of them are in the actual town of Manville. I’m actually not familiar with the person/place pictured above, so I’d just like to start with a mystery… can anyone identify the guy/place in the photo at the top of the page?

And just for good measure, here is a great, albeit damaged photo of the Manville Movie Theater…

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Thanks Anne for sending these. I’m very sure everyone will appreciate these photos… Manvillians past and present… wait until you see these.

Lost Manville Photos 1938-1939 Discovered!

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Hey Y’all! I’m still here. Life is chasing after my free time with a fury lately, and I apologize for the lack of attention to this blog. Sometimes the best motivator is a swift kick in the ass, and I got one in an email recently from a woman who unearthed a pretty large cache of vintage photos circa 1938/39. I haven’t seen these yet, but allegedly there is a pretty serious portion of vintage Manville. The 2 photos pictured in this post are from said collection. The above example is a man standing across from Duryea Motors, which was formerly located on main street just a couple doors down from quick check. It escapes me what the new businesses are, but the building is still there and has since been stuccoed. The building you see on the left there was most recently Davie’s Tavern. The important question is…. WHERE is the video that guy is taking?

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Roosevelt School c. 1938 • Click to enlarge

This one is the N. 4th ave view of Roosevelt School. I actually didn’t know this, but apparently there was an addition put on the right side of the building at some point, and as you can see in this photo, it isn’t there yet. I’m excited about this one, as I do not have this view of the building up here yet. Anyway, that’s all I have for now. Like I said this is from a collection that hopefully will come to light on this blog. If the rest of the collection is of significant quality, we may also, be trying to make some of these images available in print or book form in the future. Stay tuned… I will be bringing you more of these!

Main Street • Vintage Views

Hello everyone, I was just checking out my buddy Gary Carmon’s Manville site carmonsandusky.com and noticed he put up some great new photos. While we were on the topic of old signs and storefronts I decided to lift a few. These all came from Neal Ranauro’s Manville photo archive, and I’m not sure how I missed these when I was looking through them, but they are great. You can click on the photos to enlarge them.

First is this great photo of the Chester House. If you enlarge it and go to the right of the photo you can see the old Gamby’s Diner at the future site of Quick Check, and Charlie’s Resturant in the back there.

This next photo is a little further down Main St. Starting at Quigleys Bike Shop. The Quigley’s building in now the home of The Grub Hut, but back in the day it was like the great bike shop in town that was famous for the giant tangled bike heap that sat in the middle of the front room. As a kid I remember being slightly afraid to go in there in fear of a bike avalanche and a slow agonizing 8 year old death. I’m still looking for good photos of that place if anyone has any. Anyway you can see the great Liccardi Motors lot in the back there. I’m not sure what year that disappeared, but I totally do not remember it. Looks awesome though. I’m sure it was an asset to an evening drive down the strip in it’s day. You can also see the old corner Sunoco Station way in the back there. Oh and speaking of great advertising… how about the 24 hour milk dispensary. I wonder whatever became of those amazing old signs.

The next photo is more of a birds eye, and was taken out of one of the JM office windows, where Ranauro worked as photographer. This is the corner of Knopf and Main. You can see Lebbings Garage, Shop Rite, and the Esso station, which I believe may have been run By the Manna Family. This is just a great view of Main St. with plenty to look at.

Remember if you have any photos you would like to share please get in touch with me so we can help preserve our towns history. I can help you get them scanned and digitally archived as well.