Chrome postcards fast becoming antiques

Richards Restaurant-Caterer, Rt 130
Richards Restaurant-Caterer, Rt 130
Aerial View of Hoeganaes Sponge Iron Corp. 1963
Aerial View of Hoeganaes Sponge Iron Corp. 1963

We have several old postcards that are over a century old, the accepted age of something that is an antique. However, these modern chrome postcards are getting up there.

Just posted these four scans; three are in the Riverton Businesses, Organizations, Public Buildings and one is in the Palmyra, NJ Images section.

Hoeganaes Sponge Iron Corp. is the only postcard that has a date.

Can a car buff date that Caddy at Roger Wilco or any of the autos at Richard’s Restaurant? The phone number for Roger Wilco listed on the back is RIverton 9-1400. – JMc

Farmers and Mechanics Bank
Farmers and Mechanics Bank
Roger Wilco Liquor Store, Palmyra, NJ
Roger Wilco Liquor Store, Palmyra, NJ

Rev. 10/2/16
Roger Prichard: Thanks! Richards Restaurant is today’s Whistler’s Inn, I’m guessing?


Whistlers Inn August 2016
Whistlers Inn, Google Maps,  August 2016

Thanks to HSR member Roger Prichard for his suggestion on our Facebook page that Richards Restaurant is today Whistlers Inn. Although enlarged and transformed, it sure looks like it. My mouth is watering for Whistlers’ Smoke House BBQ ribs. The postcard shows a Route 130, Riverton address, and Whistlers gives a 901 Route 130 Cinnaminson address.


Published by

John McCormick

Teacher at Riverton School 1974-2019, author, amateur historian, Historical Society of Riverton Board Member 2007-2023, newsletter editor 2007-2023, website editor 2011-2023

2 thoughts on “Chrome postcards fast becoming antiques”

  1. Richards’ Restaurant was run by Nan Richards and her family through the early 70s. She was a long and faithful member of my dad’s church so I knew her well and we used to eat there when I was very young. It was later sold and (notoriously) became The American House. Nan’s grandson, Ned, tragically drowned in the Delaware in the 70s.

    1. Obituary for Alice Burnham Richards (Burnham)
      Alice Burnham Richards (Burnham)
      Alice Burnham Richards, age 87, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2019.

      Born and raised in New Jersey, Alice grew up loving the ocean, playing basketball, and roller skating. She loved to dance and met her future husband, Edwin S. Richards, Jr, at a dance in 1953. They were together until his death in 1988. Alice worked for Bell Telephone Company, and then in the restaurant she ran with her husband. Alice became the Regional Director for Restaurant Operations for F.W. Woolworth Co. and traveled all over the east coast before the age of cell phones or GPS. She traveled for fun in her later years, visiting almost every National Park in the continental U.S. as well as vacationing in Europe and taking numerous cruises. Alice was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years and a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Riverton, NJ.

      Alice Richards was a strong-willed, loving, and inspiring woman. Thrust into an industry (restaurants and food service) that was not her natural milieu, she achieved amazing success. She never lost her fighting spirit or her zest for life, even when faced with numerous setbacks and tragedies. She instilled in her daughter the drive to do her best and a deep sense of the ridiculous. Alice never lost the chance to laugh at herself and at life.

      Alice lost her son, Edwin S. Richards, III in 1976 and her husband in 1988. Alice is survived by her daughter, Anne Richards, her brother, Richard Burnham and his wife Beverly, her brother-in-law Raymond Richards and his wife Mary Lou, and her sister-in-law Carol Culberson whose husband John is deceased. Alice will also be missed by many beloved nieces and nephews.

      A celebration of her life will be held at 6 pm on March 22, 2019 at Place One Condo, 5500 Holmes Run Pkwy, Alexandria, VA.

      A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. May 4, 2019 at Calvary Presbyterian Church, Riverton, NJ and internment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery in Cinnaminson, NJ.

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