To this day, the July 4th parade in Ridgewood is long and memorable! It was always quite an event! I remember my sister Ginny driving by in a convertible in the parade in the early 60's! Kids even used to sit atop the marquee of the Stanley-Warner Theater to watch it go by!
Valley Hospital as it looked in the early 1960's!
Remember Arthur's House of Beauty? Not many people would remember the name but they all remember it as the most decorated place in town at Christmastime! It was located at the corner of Franklin and Cottage Place. The structure was torn down to make way for a bank. Perdue's Sport Shop was right near here.
The Stanley-Warner Theater! This was a great place to watch movies as a kid! The balcony was huge and you always caught up with friends there!
The Duck Pond - a place to feed the ducks, fish, have a picnic and then go across the street for ice cream at T&W's!
An aerial view showing what would become George Washington Junior High School - now a middle school.
Here's a great shot of Graydon Pool and Vets Fields from the air circa 1960.
Ridgewood Avenue looking toward the tracks on a snowy day circa 1950's.
The famous Christmas tree at the end of Ridgewood Avenue and Broad Street albeit a little smaller. Circa 1960.
Above is the classic Ridgewood school supply store - "Drapkin's". Located at the end of Ridgewood Ave before the tracks it seemed to have just about everything! Got my baseball cards there and at Lyon's at the other end. Also struggled to get my first Playboy there - you know, stick it between a newspaper so no one would see and the guy at the counter knowing my embarrassment and leaving it between the papers! Drapkin's suffered through 2 major fires but always bounced back.
Here's a view of circa 1964 Ridgewood looking up Ridgewood Ave.
Above is the "Shell" as it is known. Ground was broken in 1957 and the picture above is from the day it was dedicated in 1958. My folks used to watch concerts there - I remember going when I was real little. It's still there today and is located at the far end of Vets Field by the library parking lot.
Always check back as we will always add new photos as we get them!
My sincere thanks to Peggy Norris of the Ridgewood Public Library for many of these photos!