Revised July 2013: Read Harlan Radford, Jr.’s commentary on about fifty recently added Camden images scanned from his expansive postcard and philatelic collection. Camden Comments
Revised March 2015: A collector’s recently acquired 1939 postcard (above) further illuminates a little known chapter in the history of the postal service – the daily autogiro airmail shuttle service linking New Jersey’s Central Airport and the roof of the General Post Office in Philadelphia. It became known as the “world’s shortest air mail route!”
You could win a bar bet on that one. Thank-you again to a big contributor of scans to rivertonhistory.com, Harlan Radford, Jr.
Revised Sept. 2015: If you read the above article and have sharp eyes, see this next postcard in the Philadelphia section – a 1936 copyrighted postcard of Philadelphia’s Main Post Office at 30th and Market Streets. “Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane... It’s ….well, you’ll know, but few others will.
Added January 2019: Even an eBay auction miss can yield information about the defunct Camden Central Airport as evidenced by this screen capture.
Should some charitable reader send us a scan of the back cover, we would appreciate it.
Added 11/27/2019: “HURLEY’S – EVERYTHING FOR THE HOME AND FAMILY ON EASY TERMS” – CAMDEN, N.J. – POSTMARKED CAMDEN MAY 1, 1952
Caption of reverse/address/message side of this pc: “In 1890, Wm. Leonard Hurley founded the first Hurley Store in Camden, N.J. He established our never-changing policy of selling high-grade merchandise, giving friendly credit and maintaining dependable service that satisfied every customer. Our organization has grown to eight stores in seven cities.”
Talk about excellent communication between the store and the customer, this card carried the following type-written message to the recipient residing in Clementon, N.J. which reads as follows: “We haven’t forgotten your order…but some of our shipments have been very slow. However, we do not believe you will have to wait much longer. Meanwhile, thank you for your patience and be assured that as soon as your order arrives, it will be sent to you. Sincerely, HURLEY’S”
Added 2/17/2021: John Block, a sharp-eyed visitor from Florida, comments on the two Camden Carnival postcards.
Sir/Madam, Fine site, well done. Found it looking for info on Camdenproper. Specifically a ferry to Philly located on the Delaware at Liberty St., known to all as the “Ferry Ave Ferry.” It was not the Kaighn’s Ave/Point ferry. Used it many times crossing to Philly and the Abbott’s Ice Cream plant then on Lombard St. A minor update to the Camden Carnival Street post Card. That’s Broadway and Line St. You can confirm it by the Dentist sign on the wall of the next building and the edge of the Library building and comparison with another Library post card in the collection. I once lived on Broadway at Pine, playing on those steps/Library window ledges often. A then street urchin, methinks my youth would have been better served inside with the books! Good luck. Stay healthy. Semper Fi, John H Block, Venice, FL Ps. Lest I forget. Once worked in small RCA Service Co bldg on the RR street. Early 60’s. BMEWS Project. Great little town- Riverton.
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
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