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Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 38: Late 1950s Ford Dealership in Newark, New Jersey

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 38: Late 1950s Ford Dealership in Newark, New Jersey

Vintage Photo Wednesday
It's difficult to remember for many, but once upon a time Newark, New Jersey was a thriving city and a point of pride for the state. And while I'm not going to claim that the Hagin & Koplin Ford dealership was the jewel of Newark, it sure made for a damn gorgeous photo. (via Alden Jewell) As urban car dealerships go, this is a beauty. While the main showroom building is pretty nondescript, it's the signage that really makes this shine. The big, bold usage of the Ford crest -- first introduced in 1950 -- with its neon adornments is of course the first thing to strike the eye. I especially love how the crest was integrated into the building itself, something that must have cost extra to build. The cars on this lot have been identified as 1959 models, so this photo was likely tak...
In Concert: Rush at the Prudential Center, 10/20/12

In Concert: Rush at the Prudential Center, 10/20/12

Music
I'll admit that at this point in my life as a Rush fan, I'm rather spoiled. I've been going to Rush concerts since they came to Madison Square Garden in December 1991 on the Roll the Bones tour, and I've seen them on every album tour since (as well as the 30th anniversary tour). And the thing is, even a mediocre Rush show is better than most bands on their best night. So for me, the sheer visceral thrill of seeing Geddy, Alex, and Neil live isn't what it used to be. But after sitting out the last few tours, I decided to see the band for the first time since the Snakes & Arrows tour in July 2007. I did so for two reasons -- I caught a peek at some of their set lists from the tour, and I was impressed with the first several tracks I heard from the Clockwork Angels album. But before I ...
Sunday Jazz: Happy birthday to Sarah Vaughan

Sunday Jazz: Happy birthday to Sarah Vaughan

Music, Sunday Jazz
Today would have been the 87th birthday of legendary jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan, born on this day in 1924 in Newark, New Jersey. Known alternately as Sailor, Sassy, and The Divine One, Vaughan got her start in music by playing piano and singing in her church choir. She dropped out of high school in her junior year to concentrate on her musical career, and in 1942/43 she won first prize during an Amateur Night performance at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater. Sarah Vaughan's career remained active, if not always commercially successful, throughout most of her life. Even when she was not recording she was touring extensively. She won the Grammy for Best Female Jazz Vocal Performance in 1983. In 1989 she was diagnosed with lung cancer, and she died on April 3, 1990, a week after her 66th ...
View-Master’s 1957 New Jersey – 7 of 7

View-Master’s 1957 New Jersey – 7 of 7

Ephemera
That's right, kids, our look back at Ye Olde New Jersey is finally at an end! And since one of the main purposes of this little photo essay was to show just how much the state has changed over the last 50 years, perhaps few slides illustrate it like this one -- Broad Street in Newark. The cars (and buses), the people, the buildings -- they all seem so different to me. That big red sign on the left? Why that's none other than F.W. Woolworth, known to you and me as the now-defunct Woolworth's. Woolworth's was the first great five-and-dime chain store, and was a precursor to discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target. Check out the sweet signage on the lower left. Who uses eyeglass frames like that to advertise a business anymore? Don't bother looking it up -- no one does. This ...