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Camden Businesses

American National Bank - 1213 Broadway, Camden, NJ
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American National Bank, 1213 Broadway

Founded in the mid-1920s, The American National Bank built a fine building at 1213 Broadway which is still standing today, although it has been boarded up and vacant for many years. The bank’s President was Elmer Ellsworth Long, who had been a principle in the Munger & Long Department Store at Broadway and Federal Street for many years. Another director was Louis Waisban, who owned a grocery and had real estate interests in Cramer Hill.

Camden Trust Building, 2003
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A history of banking in Camden, NJ

The Farmers and Mechanics Bank was organized with a capital of $300,000 on March 31, 1855. The banking house at the southeast corner of Front and Market Streets was built at the cost of $18,000. This institution was conducted as a State Bank until September 1, 1864 when it became a National Bank and its title changed to First National Bank of Camden. On July 1, 1922, it merged with the National State Bank under the title of First National State Bank of Camden. The banking house of the National State Bank was used by the combined institutions and the old building of the First National Bank was subsequently sold to the Joseph Campbell Soup Company.

Al Panara Sr. & Nick "Ben Franklin" Panara at the 5th Annual Battle of the Pretzels - Independence Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania October 15, 2010
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A & A Soft Pretzel Baking Company

Take it from one who knows, a pretzel from Philadelphia may be alright, but a fresh pretzel from Camden is special! Do yourself a favor, drive down to Cramer Hill, stop in at the bakery, and get your pretzels straight out of the oven! Perfect for fundraising and outdoor events, call 856-338-0208 to arrange delivery.

March 1, 1939 to June 1970. Lang's Bakery John H. Lang preparing cakes in the early 1950s
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Lang’s Bakery

Our Father and Mother opened Lang’s Bakery, March 1,1939 at 2752 Federal Street in East Camden, and stayed in business there until  June 1970. For many years we supplied Camden Catholic High School in Camden with our cream and jelly donuts, especially during Lent. Cramer School students ate their lunches in the store. After Sunday Mass our store was always always crowded  with people from St Joseph’s and other nearby churches. I attended Cramer and Woodrow Wilson High as did my brothers Hans (WWHS ’50) and Danny (WWHS ’60) and my wife Hilda Larmour Lang (WWHS ’52).

Erlton Italian Bakery - Camden NJ History
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Erlton Italian Bakery

A true Camden NJ treasure, and a tradition for many throughout South Jersey – both are accurate descriptions of Erlton Italian Bakery, Marlton Avenue and Berkeley Street in East Camden. The business, founded in the mid-1950s, has been a Camden fixture since 1966. East Camden residents have been savoring the aroma of the fresh bread baking in the family owned and operated bakery for decades.

The Naden Store, 24th & Federal Street
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The Naden Store

Mary Naden and her family operated a furniture and home furnishings business on Kaighn Avenue at Clover Street in Camden NJ for the better part of five decades. One son, Jacob Naden, also operated a second shop in East Camden on Federal Street at 24th Street in 1930s and 1940s. Interestingly, the Camden Courier-Post reported on February 10, 1936 that he acquired the “northwest corner Twenty-fourth and Federal Streets, north side Federal Street , 20 feet west Twenty-fourth Street;” from “Velma E. Duncan et als” for only $1.

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Hotel Walt Whitman

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Towers Theatre

The Towers Theatre predates moves and, in the vaudeville era, it featured its own orchestra. It was also used for labor and political meetings at various times.

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Pekin Cafe

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Broadway Trust Company – National Register of Historic Places

Broadway Trust Company
(added 1990 – Building – #90001284)
Also known as ONJH Inventory #0408190
938-944 Broadway, Camden

Historic Significance: Event Architecture/Engineering
Architect / builder or engineer: Phillip Merz / J. Henry Miller
Architectural Style: Classical Revival
Area of Significance: Economics Architecture
Period of Significance: 1900-1924 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade
Historic Sub-function: Financial Institution
Current Function: Religion
Current Sub-function: Religious Structure

Broadway below Walnut St. Camden, N.J. J. J. BURLEIGH President ANTHONY KOBUS Vice President - WM. J. COOPER Vice President BURLEIGH H. DRAPER Secretary and Treasurer
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Broadway Trust Company – March-December 1916

Broadway below Walnut St. Camden, N.J.
J. J. BURLEIGH President
ANTHONY KOBUS Vice President – WM. J. COOPER Vice President
BURLEIGH H. DRAPER Secretary and Treasurer

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Morgan Hall

Morgan’s Hall, also known as Morgan Hall, was built by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The cornerstone of Morgan’s Hall, or as it was originally called, Odd Fellows Hall, at the southeast corner of Fourth and Market Streets, was laid on October 5, 1848.