Sunday, September 14, 2008

Old Antique Vintage Hammonton New Jersey Postcards

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I have some great news for New Jersey post card collectors in general and for Hammonton New Jersey postcard collectors in particular. On Monday 22 September 2008, Arcadia Publishing will be releasing their latest "Postcard History Series" book, "Hammonton", and it has 127 pages of Hammonton New Jersey full size vintage postcards that will blow your mind. I have been dealing in postcards for many years and this collection of postcards is nothing short of amazing. The authors, Grayce Pitera and Kristin Colasurdo, have provided descriptions with interesting and detailed information about each post card which showcases their vast knowledge of the town and surrounding area.

Hammonton New Jersey is half way between Philadelphia and Atlantic City, about 30 miles each way, in Atlantic County. According to the 1910 census, the population was 5,088 which grew to 7,656 in 1930 and was 12,604 in 2000 with almost 46% of the residents of Italian ancestry which is the second highest percentage in the United States. Of special interest to me was the chapter on the company town of Amatol New Jersey and the postcards which reveal the bomb making facility built by the government in East Hammonton in 1918 but today is gone except for one building. The book covers all aspects of Hammonton including the Pennsylvania & Reading railroads, residences, factories, parks, lakes, town and people. Shown below are two of the postcards found in the book with the first being a "butterfly lady" with four local scenes shown in the wings. This style postcard is hard to find, especially on small towns.

This second postcard from the book shows one of the many "May Day" real photo postcards which are also hard to find but a very popular topic for postcard collectors. The bottom line is this is a fabulous book showcasing an awesome postcard collection with a detailed accurate explanation of the images. The book will be available at area bookstores, independent and on line retailers or through Arcadia Publishing's website and is priced at a very reasonable $19.95.

Don't forget to check out my New Jersey postcard listing and over 10,000 additional post cards available on my website Moody's Postcards.

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