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Posted in Bars and Clubs

Baker’s Bar and Grill

The building at 45 York Street — Baker’s Bar — had already been built by 1887. Frederick Eitz, a blacksmith for the Camden & Amboy Railroad, resided there.

Jersey Joe Walcott (left) and Felix Bocchicchio in an undated photo.
Posted in People

Felix Bocchicchio

FELIX BOCCHICCHIO was born in Pennsylvania on August 31, 1906. He is best remembered today as boxer Jersey Joe Walcott’s manager during and after his rise to the heavyweight championship in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He had a long and colorful career prior to and after the Walcott era in a variety of activities, both legal and on the other side of the law.  

NAME: Felix Bocchicchio ALIASES: William Arthur Trevers, John J. Bartlet. DESCRIPTION: Born 1907, U.S., 5'7", 145 lbs., slender build, dark brown hair, brown eyes, dark complexion, has stiff right leg, old bullet wound.
Posted in Historical Accounts

Felix Bocchicchio – FBI Rap Sheet

NAME: Felix Bocchicchio
ALIASES: William Arthur Trevers, John J. Bartlet.
DESCRIPTION: Born 1907, U.S., 5’7″, 145 lbs., slender build, dark brown hair, brown eyes, dark complexion, has stiff right leg, old bullet wound.

Postcard was published within 15 years of Walt Whitman's passing, and is most contemporary picture I've seen to date of the house as it would have looked during the poet's lifetime
Posted in Historic Homes

The Walt Whitman House

The Walt Whitman House is a historic building in Camden, New Jersey, United States, and is on the National Register of Historic Places which was the last residence of American poet Walt Whitman, in his declining years before his death. It is located at 328 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, known as Mickle St. during Whitman’s time there.

Hospital Surgery Stock Photo
Posted in Hospitals

Cooper Hospital

Cooper University Hospital is a teaching hospital and biomedical research facility located in Camden, New Jersey. The hospital formerly served as a clinical campus of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. (Source: Wikipedia)

Fire started in the former John R. Evans Co. leather factory, a block long factory building at North 2nd and Erie Streets in north camden on a hot summer night, August 23, 1972. Inadequate water pressure, combined with a stiff breeze from the south indicated that there was trouble ahead. The first responding Fire Company, Engine Company 6, sounded the Second Alarm upon arrival. This photo is looking East on Byron Street.
Posted in Poets Row

Poet’s Row

Named for famous figures of English literature, the streets of Poet’s Row (Byron, Burns and Milton Streets) ran east and west from North 2nd Street, north of Erie Street.

Electrical Bureau Crew: Frank Fahr, Mike Speno, John Smith, Bo Jones, Paul Moll, Noah Johnson, Frank Caprice, Ray Hoffman
Posted in Government

Electrical Bureau, Camden NJ

My father worked for the Electrical Bureau in Camden for 30 years, from approximately 1973 to when he retired in 2004. He has since passed and I have been maintaining his website on his behalf, until which time it makes sense not to. Here are a gallery of his photos which he has either collected or taken.

Lilac flower stock photo
Posted in Historical Accounts

Mother’s Day Origins

What is always left out the historical accounts is the vital role which Camden played in the origin of the Mother’s Day campaign which Miss Jarvis initiated.

Abraham Lincoln - Stock Photo
Posted in Historical Accounts

Camden, NJ, Abraham Lincoln Lore

Honest Abe almost lost Camden City in 1864: 3332 to 2758 votes for McClellan.

Memory Stock Photo
Posted in Historical Accounts

20 Reasons Why You Remember Cramer Hill

You remember the neighbor’s dirty dishes piling high in their “zinks.”

You can’t decide which was your favorite dinner; fried pork roll and eggs, a butter and banana sandwich, or a super-size bowl of Mom’s macaroni and cheese.

The original Cooper Cooper Hospital 1887, opened 10 years after it was built
Posted in Historical Accounts

Cooper Hospital (via Rick Grenda)

On August 9th in 1887 Camden’s Cooper Hospital opened, four patients arrived seeking to be admitted, but they were turned way.

Marine Sniper Stock Photo
Posted in Historical Accounts

Camden NJ’s ‘Ghost Sniper’

Reminiscent of the Washington DC Sniper attacks, Camden had its own in the late 1920’s which was quite the mystery of its time. There are dozens of articles about it, and the sniper had 48 “victims.”