Silver Jubilee • Manville’s 25th Anniversary


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!





























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













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…


Manville fisherman…


Manville Fisherman • Click Photo to Enlarge

Ok everyone this is another collection of mystery photos. This is part of the Anne Sullivan photo archive (circa 1939-1941). I have a whole load of photos that are just of random people. I don’t really want to present them without context, but at the same time I would love to put some names to the faces. I think what I’ll do is try to group them into events and see if you guys can identify any of them. To start, here are a couple of great photos of some Manville fisherman… looks like the little guy cleaned up! Anyone know who they are?





More Weston-Manville Station photos

1798061_10201893999775116_1109602827_nI have already covered the Manville-Weston station A LOT in the blog, so I’m not going to go into any factual info here. If you want to check out the original post and lots more photos you can go HERE. If you want to see the old schedule for the station you can go HERE. What this particular post is, is just two random photos that a reader sent me.

Unfortunately I do not have dates for these, but I know the top one would be early 1900’s based on similar ones I’ve seen. The bottom one would be after the place burned so maybe late 70’s or so? These are pretty small, but great… so i figured I’d share. These were both sent to me By Michael Kull… Thanks so much Mike!

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Main Street / Camplain Road Schools

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Main Street School • Click Photo to Enlarge

So I have already posted a few photos of both of these school with and areal shot HERE. But these 2 are slightly earlier. The time period for this set is around 1940. Also, the above photo of the Main Street School is from a different perspective than the old post.

This next photo is Camplain Road school. It will also enlarge if you click it. I thought these photos were pretty great and definitely worthy of a look.

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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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Classic Trucks • Steve’s Tire 1958

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So I poached this photo off of a great message board from a site called Jalopy Journal. The gentleman that posted this photo is the owner of that 1933 Ford pickup. He recalls the photo being taken in 1958. For a while I used to hang around this garage in the early 90’s having known the owners at the time. The photos of the garages look pretty much exactly the way I remember them. Anyway Manville folks will be familiar with Steve’s tire, being formerly located on Main Street up near Kennedy Blvd. The building is still a garage and the service garages are still there. Now it looks like this.

Screen Shot 2014-01-17 at 11.26.35 AMOn a side note, Jalopy Journal has a pretty great archive going of old photos from users. I notices some great quality ones especially involving classic cars. trucks and classic accidents. If you want you can check that out HERE.

Mystery Manville Man…

8a01212aOk Manville, I’ve got another mystery photo for you… I found this photo of a Manville guy which was untitled and dated 1939. In the reflection of the window you can see a building with a Manville sign, and what appears to be railroad tracks. Still I could not confidently decide where this was taken… What a cool looking dude. Anyone know him?