Blank Profile Stock Photo
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Nathaniel Kaplan

A native of Camden, N.J., Lieutenant Kaplan was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in France.

Forest Conservation Stock Photo
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Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.)

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program for unemployed men, focused on natural resource conservation from 1933 to 1942.

On the bicycle is Johnny Dooley. This photograph was shot on the set of When Knighthood Was in Flower in 1922. My best guess as to the actor dressed in black is that it is Downing Clarke, then 53, who played the role of Lord Chamberlain in the film.
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John Dooley

John Dooley was a comedic acrobat who starred on the B.F. Keith vaudeville circuit in the 1900’s and 1910s. Amongst other performances, he was part of Tydeman & Dooley.

Tydeman & Dooley
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Tydeman & Dooley

TYDEMAN & DOOLEY were a pair of comedic acrobats who starred on the B.F. Keith vaudeville circuit in the 1900’s and 1910’s.

Friendless Child Stock Photo
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A Brief History of the Camden Home for Children & SPCC

THE CAMDEN HOME FOR CHILDREN is an institution located on Haddon Avenue, above Mount Vernon, the object and design of which is to afford a home, food, clothing and schooling for destitute friendless children, and, at a suitable age, to place them with respectable families to learn some useful trade or occupation. The home was established and is conducted by a corporation.

Camden Home for Friendless Children - 1915
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Camden Home for Friendless Children

The Camden Home for Friendless Children was established in 1865. By the 1890’s the institution had located at 915 Haddon Avenue in Camden NJ.

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Garlock, Inc.

The factory at 602 North 10th Street belonged to the U.S. Gasket Company at the time the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled.

Discount Harry
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Discount Harry’s

Harry Kaufman opened his iconic store in 1951.

1808 illustration of Philadelphia - Camden horse ferry
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Vintage Photos of the Central Camden Waterfront

In the beginning Camden was just settlement of a few farms and a couple ferries to and from Philadelphia run by the Cooper Family.

Politics - Elephant and Donkey - Stock Photo
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Sixth Ward Republican Club

The SIXTH WARD REPUBLICAN CLUB was active in Camden through at least 1947. Camden politics were a peculiar affair in the 1920s.

William J Sewell
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William Joyce Sewell

William Joyce Sewell was born on December 6, 1835 in Ireland. Orphaned at a young age, he emigrated to the United States in 1851. He was for a time employed in mercantile business in New York City, made several voyages as a sailor on merchant vessels, afterward engaged in business in Chicago, IL. He moved to Camden NJ in 1860.

This abandoned building in Pyne Poynt Park was for many years the site of the transmitter for radio station WCAM. Photo taken during the summer of 2003.
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Radio Station WCAM

Camden’s oldest radio station dates back to September 1925 when it signed on as WFBI at 1270 AM under the ownership of Robert Galvin. The city government became involved soon afterward. The official dedication of the now municipally-owned radio station, rechristened WCAM, occurred in Convention Hall, occurred on March 29, 1926. The station moved, sometime after 1931, to the 17th floor of the new City Hall Building at South 6th and Federal Street. Eventually it was permanently assigned 1310 on the AM band as its frequency.