Cruise Through Old Bloomfield, Then Around the World

Willie’s Diner on State Street.

The Historical Society of Bloomfield (HSOB) has expanded its website to include new photo collections of vintage Bloomfield and exciting early 20th century travel images from an intrepid Bloomfield trekker.

HSOB Board Trustee and Webmaster Richard Rockwell digitized and enhanced more than 200 slides that late town historian Fred Branch took in the 1970s and 1980s. The photos are organized by category: Bloomfield Center, Bloomfield Sites, Industry, Watsessing Center and Houses, with homes sorted by street name and house number. Thumbnails link photos with the same subject matter in different categories for comparison.

Kresges at Bloomfield Avenue and Washington Street.

Rockwell also added the Reverend Phraner’s Travels Abroad Collection. Rev. Wilson S. Phraner was a Bloomfield resident, member of the Orange Camera Club and pastor at the Montgomery Mission Chapel in Belleville. His photographs taken on trips abroad between 1908 and 1914 have been digitized and enhanced from the original glass lantern slides donated to the HSOB by Rev. Phraner’s grandson, S. David Phraner. What did Cuba and Alaska look like to the adventurous Bloomfield tourist more than 100 years ago? Check out this eye-opening collection and find out.

Havana Cathedral, Cuba

Visit www.HSOB.org and click on Photo Galleries to enjoy these splendid photographs and cruise down memory lane to a Bloomfield you may remember or never even knew existed.

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