Friday, October 21, 2011
P.S. 1, Fort Lee, NJ 1930-1931
Sepia Saturday for awhile, and once I saw this week's theme, I knew I had to jump in. This treasure was found at Unshredded Nostalgia in Barnegat, NJ last month. My husband spotted it first in an album and was thoroughly enchanted. And so was I.
This is grade 2A, 1930-1931 at Fort Lee's Public School No. 1 (that's in New Jersey). The students look serious for second graders, but it's not hard to imagine they picked up money worries from parents and other adults, as the Depression took hold. Fort Lee, one of many bluff towns on the Hudson River overlooking Manhattan, was still more country than urban back then. The town had been a movie making center, but that was over by 1920, as you can read here. There is a street named Theda Bara Way, that makes me smile when I drive by. It's near the Main St., not far from the ramp to the George Washington Bridge that takes you into Manhattan.
The names on the back tell a tale, of an earlier generation of immigrants: Larsen, Ulrich, Flemming, DiVincenzo, McKee. Fort Lee today is home to a bustling Asian community: Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese, and a lively business district of excellent restaurants and small shops.
Be sure to visit Sepia Saturday for more interesting photographs.