Author Archives: John McCormick

Reserve your seat for for Winterthur’s Downton Costume Exhibit

Downton Abbey Season 5 will premiere Sunday, January 4, 2015, 9pm ET on MASTERPIECE Classic on PBS. Until then, we fans will have to get our Downton fix by reserving a seat for the Friday, December 5,  Society sponsored bus trip to … Continue reading

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Bob Gleason returns Oct. 22 to play Poe at the Porch Club

Next month the Society will observe the 165th anniversary of passing of Edgar Allan Poe, the man who turned “Nevermore” into an enduring catchphrase, with a special performance at The Porch Club by actor/historian Bob Gleason. Before Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, … Continue reading

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Sept. Gaslight is in the mail; a few seats remain for the Downton Tea

Labor Day is behind us, the first Gaslight News after the summer break is in the mail, and here is news of the first of three upcoming events you may want to get in on. We open with a HSR sponsored Downton … Continue reading

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Gaslight News – September 2014

Inside this issue read President Phyllis Rodgers’ recap of past accomplishments as she sets our sights on goals for 2014-2015. It’s a big to-do list. Also, we acknowledge two major donor gifts of ephemera – that’s basically old paper, but it is … Continue reading

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Will the Floyd L. Moreland Dentzel/Looff Carousel come home to Burlington?

Following up on the Seaside Heights Carousel post from last week, my friend Paul Schopp forwards this undated image of that same attraction in an earlier incarnation when it started delighting riders in 1901, at Burlington Island, at the Island Beach Amusement … Continue reading

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Don’t try this these stunts today, kids.

As Labor day approached in late August 1920, Riverton’s hometown weekly gazette, The New Era, reported, “It is astonishing the great number of children from 12 to 14 years of age who have swam across the river and back. At … Continue reading

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Effort to save historic Seaside Heights Carousel gaining traction online

Who doesn’t love a merry-go-round? Dr. Floyd L. Moreland once described the “magic” of riding these “awesome machines.” His 2007 cover article for Carousel News and Trader is reprinted in a recent post at Antique Carousel News. Also see Dr. Moreland’s photo slide … Continue reading

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“The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.” – A.K. Best

Here is video of some very persevering fishermen and resolute sailors of the Riverton Yacht Club who carried on despite a light rain this evening from about 7 pm through 8:15.  About an hour and a quarter is compressed into this 1 min., 17 … Continue reading

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Read the history that inspired this summer’s cycling events

The cyclists who took part in The Historic Riverton Century 100+ mile New York to Riverton bike ride on June 7 have moved on, but the memories remain here and a tangible dividend resulted for the town – the installation of a permanent historic … Continue reading

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Boardwalk Empire scenes and old postcards recall shore visits

You know you’re from New Jersey if you recognize the unusual structure in the distance of this scene from an episode of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. A New York Times piece entitled The Atlantic City the Boardwalk Emperor Knew outlines some of the familiar … Continue reading

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