As any postcard collector knows, RPPCs, or real photo post cards, can be among the most elusive ones to obtain.
These images remind us of a time in Camden’s history when new neighborhoods and planned recreation areas seemed to point to a bright future for the developing urban and industrial center during the early 20th century.
Early in 1905, the City of Camden, New Jersey dedicated and opened a lush 80-acre park called Forest Hill Park.
Located between Park and Baird Avenues and set along the Cooper River in what was the newly developing Parkside neighborhood-area, this park would become the predecessor to the Camden County park system.
The post card scenes shown here depict a scenic park setting with a lake, a bridge, roads and paths, a pavilion for gatherings, an athletic field and acres of greenery.
Penned inscription on the lower front of the card, above right reads, “Here’s a new park just finished this spring.” Notice the two men standing in front of the newly constructed outdoor pavilion.
Imagine all the people who frequented this park for pleasant outdoor picnics, athletics and recreation as well as relaxation.
These postcards capture how the classic row homes appeared around 1909.
The caption on the card at right reads, “This is Cooper Creek – a very pretty spot of water.” Not mailed or postmarked.
An avid postcard enthusiast will seldom pass up the chance to get yet another subtlety nuanced iteration of any image already in his possession. I mean – if we already have a dozen views of the Yacht Club, would you pass up the chance to get one more?
In 1921, Camden officials renamed Forest Hill Park as Farnham Park.
For more information and images on Forest Hill Park, later named Farnham Park, and a great deal more on Camden, check out the huge virtual archive at http://www.dvrbs.com/ Also, see more Camden images on this website on our IMAGES PAGE.
We welcome comments and try to answer questions, and we always like to collect more real or virtual images on South Jersey. – John McCormick, Gaslight News editor