Author Archives: John McCormick

Summer winds down and the Society revs up

These remarkable photos from Nancy and Bill Steel’s family album offer a rare glimpse into early 20th century Riverton. Do you recognize this Riverton landmark in its earlier days? Built in 1909 as the clubhouse for an organization celebrating its … Continue reading

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Gaslight News – August 2015

In this two-page SUMMER EXTRA edition of the Gaslight News find the President’s Message, Events Calendar, and recap of the summer web postings on Part 2 of Paul Schopp’s “Digging Up History” will be in the next issue in September … Continue reading

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103 years old this week!

A lot of people find their way here to look at old postcard images. This scan of a 103 year old postcard is not the oldest one we display, but it may be one of the most rare. This highly collectable philatelic … Continue reading

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Hot enough for ya?

In the throes of one of New  Jersey’s infamous humidity drenched August heat waves we have to admire the ingenuity of these Rivertonians of old who found a way to keep cool. Way before postwar prosperity and innovative construction methods of … Continue reading

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Christmas in July at the HSR

No, not really, and it’s not a sale at your favorite discount store either. But I do feel like I just got a big present to open when I find in my email these scans gifted to us by a postcard collector friend and … Continue reading

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Lucy celebrates her 134th next Saturday

A certain lady we know is celebrating her 134th birthday next Saturday, July 18, and as we have reported on her advancing years before, we thought it time to provide an update. Lucy is as gorgeous as ever and you … Continue reading

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Riverton’s 118th July 4th Parade is history now; HSR Archives & Museum underway

HSR member Susan Dechnik shares these photos below she took July 4th. She and Bill Hall and several other proselytizers were passing out our Glorious Fourth Palm Cards among the revelers bearing bits of borough history on one side and a pitch to become a member … Continue reading

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Mayor Brown fashions a new July 4th parade baton

The July 3rd, 1865 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer announced “The Democratic citizens of the beautiful and flourishing town of Riverton… intend celebrating the Fourth of July in grand style.” As the Great Day approaches, some may wonder how some of our … Continue reading

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Many hands contribute to the success of the fifth Historic Riverton Criterium

Under the sweltering heat of today’s sun, the fifth running of the Historic Riverton Criterium was exciting for spectators, punishing for competitors, and all the excuse many needed to throw a porch or backyard party. Those arriving just in time for such events may have … Continue reading

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Remembering Tom Palermo

Perhaps you read a newspaper account on December 27, 2014, about Tom Palermo, killed by a hit and run driver outside of Baltimore while riding his bike in a dedicated bike lane. The news received national attention because the driver, … Continue reading

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