CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF COOPER'S RIVER
NORTH FROM FOREST HILL
This page is simply about a view of Camden from day's gone by. A time when Cooper's Creek had just been renamed The Cooper River.... but the new name hadn't caught on yet. A time when there was no Admiral Wilson Boulevard.... the only roads going to East Camden and Pennsauken were Federal Street and the road collectively known as State Street . East State Street, and Marlton Avenue. A time when factories lined the Cooper, there was no Baird Boulevard, and Parkside was just being developed. A time when Camden High was at Haddon and Newton Avenues, and there were only a few farmhouses on the land between Haddon Avenue and Cooper River.
Many photographs and postcards are extant showing urban and industrial Camden from this time. This is one of the few photos I've seen of Camden's once rural side. The postcard below was taken from a black-and-white photo, and colorized by hand..... color photography was 30 years or so away. I think you will agree the unknown artist did a wonderful job in this case.
Thanks to Paul W. Schopp for identifying some of the factories seen in the background in this postcards
|BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF COOPER'S RIVER NORTH FROM FOREST HILL|
The City Commission of the City of Camden on December 1, 1927 changed the name of Forest Hill Park to Farnham Park, in appreciation of the late Levi E. Farnham, City Engineer of Camden for thirty years
Identifying the buildings here is an inexact science, they were photographed from a distance, and then "colorized".
Starting on the left, the red brick buildings are part of the Camden Iron Works; the white buildings behind that might be Cooper Hospital; the tall chimney is likely from the city trash incinerator; the low buildings belong to N.Z. Graves; the taller red brick buildings belong to General Chemical Company.
Thanks to Paul W. Schopp for the best educated guess in the lower 48 states!!!
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