Silver Jubilee • Manville’s 25th Anniversary

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Good morning everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying this spring day. So I have just started to dig into some more of Neal Ranauro’s Manville archives and came across this little gem. This is a photo album which celebrates Manville’s 1954 Silver Jubilee. A couple of these photos have appeared here before, but I thought it would would be nice to keep them all collected in one spot. I love this event so much. The town was all done up with buntings, and it seemed like literally everyone came out to celebrate Manville’s 25th birthday as an independent borough. I think combined with the post war boom time and the general prosperity of the town, this may have been one of the high points of morale in town.

This album was so great and contained a ton of panoramic shots, a few oversized ones… and populated primarily with shots from a “Miss Silver Jubilee” beauty pageant. And who can blame Neal for that… the girls are so cute and the shots are so fun. I unfortunately do not know the names, so like always please comment if you know them.

This is going to be a loooong post so hold on tight! All photos will enlarge if you click them! Just a quick note… I stopped telling the photos up in new windows for 2 reasons.

1. i noticed that it makes navigation on the phones and tablets hard to deal with and

2. I started posting really photo heavy posts and I feel like its getting difficult to deal with all the windows. So from now on you just have to clack the back button to get back to the main posts.

I’m sorry I dont mean to change things up in the middle of the blog, but I want to make it user friendly. OK let’s go!

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Wow, that was a lot… but wait. Here is my favorite part! Miss Silver Jubilee contest!!!

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Wow, how fun did those photos look! I wish I could’ve been there. Maybe we could make the 100 year anniversary even more amazing. Many thanks to Neal Ranauro for documenting pretty much everything awesome that ever happened in this town. Here’s is one more parting photo of Neal and some other photographers…

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Manville Memorial Day Parades

0005Well it’s Friday, and that means we should run with a celebratory post. And lets face it, what is more fun than a Parade? I’ll tell you what… 2 Parades! This is going to be a long photo heavy post, so just know that every photo will expand if you click on them. Enjoy!

It’s been an amazing 2 months of photo submissions and I want to thank Rich Hamernik for sending in this first batch of great photos from an early 50’s Manville Memorial Day parade.

Rich grew up across the street from Memorial Park where this flag raising ceremony took place.

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The parade marched from Memorial Park down Camplain Rd. and out to Main St. Unfortunately I cannot identify anyone in these so if you can add anything please do.

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This next bunch is from Anne Sullivans Manville photo collection. I believe this is a Memorial Day parade as well, but these are a lot earlier. Around 1939-1940

I think you will all recognize that these are mostly on Main St, which is just barely paved at this point. You can see the old Movie theater off in the background. Thanks again Anne. These are amazing.

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