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Vintage Postcards of New Jersey

Updated on July 5, 2017
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I love the look and feel of vintage and antique items. My collections contain quite a few beautiful items that I enjoy sharing.

Published by Tichnor Bros. Inc. Boston, Mass
Published by Tichnor Bros. Inc. Boston, Mass

Beautiful Vintage New Jersey Postcards

I hope you will enjoy these looking at these 20th century postcards of New Jersey. They are all "linen finish" from the 1940s. Linen finish refers to the texture of the picture side. It's not the old glossy postcard, it is matte and has texture much the same as linen fabric. i love the look of these old works of art.

If you are not familiar with New Jersey, one of the United States, you will be able to take a little tour of some of the attractions in the 1940s. If you are from New Jersey or familiar with it, you may recognize these places. Some of them remain intact today and some of them have changed drastically.

Shown in the intro photo is the typical State postcard of the 1940s. In the right corner is a picture of the State Capital in Trenton and in the lower left corner is the State Flower the Violet.

In any event, these are all colorful and very pleasing to look at, so come take a tour with me.


Information on The Back of the Intro Photo

Nickname ---Garden State

1940 Population --- 4,160,168

Area in Square Miles -- 8,224

Entered in the Union -- December 18, 1787

New Jersey's Current Population

Population of as of July 2016 estimate --- 8,944,469 people

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Here are two views at the Atlantic City boardwalk

Atlantic-City-Boardwalk-1940-and-Now
Atlantic-City-Boardwalk-1940-and-Now | Source

I think these are pretty much the same view of the Atlantic City boardwalk

Look at the low building with the Spanish style tile red roof in both the photos. It's on a tan building with an arched window up front and what looks like a movie marquee. I believe this is the same building and it has survived until today.


What strikes me the most is the difference in the clothing the people strolling along the boardwalk are wearing. See how much more dressed up the people were in 1944 than in the current photo.

Many of the women are wearing skirts and dresses and some of the men are even wearing suits or at the very least the mean are wearing sport shirts. None of the people in the old photo are wearing shorts.

Palisades Amusement Park 1944 - Cliffside and Fort Lee

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Palisades-Amusement-Park-1944

These were both published by Tichnor Brothers, Inc. which operated from 1912 - 1987.

The Palisades Amusement Park, existed from 1898 - 1967. The postcards have a linen finish and are from the mid-1940s.

One picture is of the famous cyclone roller coaster and the other is of the Cockeyed Circus, which was a fun house.

The park sat on the line of Cliffside Park and Fort Lee, New Jersey. It was west of the Palisades Cliff. Today, this spot is occupied by high rise condominiums.

If you would like to learn more about the history of Palisades Amusement Park. The following link is a treasure trove of information published by the Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society:

Palisades Amusement Park Today


More New Jersey Postcards from the 1940s - All are unused, and thus there is no postmark

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Flower Garden, East Side Park, Paterson, N.J. Published by Tichnor Brother.Greetings from Flemington, N.J. Published by "NYCE" Quality Colored Landscape LocalsGarret Rock, Paterson, N.J. The back reads: Garret Rock is a familiar landmark in the Garrett Mountain Reservation of The Passaic County Park System. The Reservation consists of 600 acres maintained by The Passaic County Park Commison.The postcard wa"Birdseye View of the Highlands from Boulevard, Highklands, N.J. Published by Tichnor Brothers
Flower Garden, East Side Park, Paterson, N.J. Published by Tichnor Brother.
Flower Garden, East Side Park, Paterson, N.J. Published by Tichnor Brother.
Greetings from Flemington, N.J. Published by "NYCE" Quality Colored Landscape Locals
Greetings from Flemington, N.J. Published by "NYCE" Quality Colored Landscape Locals
Garret Rock, Paterson, N.J. The back reads: Garret Rock is a familiar landmark in the Garrett Mountain Reservation of The Passaic County Park System. The Reservation consists of 600 acres maintained by The Passaic County Park Commison.The postcard wa
Garret Rock, Paterson, N.J. The back reads: Garret Rock is a familiar landmark in the Garrett Mountain Reservation of The Passaic County Park System. The Reservation consists of 600 acres maintained by The Passaic County Park Commison.The postcard wa
"Birdseye View of the Highlands from Boulevard, Highklands, N.J. Published by Tichnor Brothers
"Birdseye View of the Highlands from Boulevard, Highklands, N.J. Published by Tichnor Brothers

Waterfront, Highlands, N.J. - 1944 - Very Pretty View

Waterfront-Highlands-New-Jersey-1944
Waterfront-Highlands-New-Jersey-1944

The back is post marked 1944.

This was published by Tichnor Brothers, Inc. Boston, Mass

Image of Waterfront, Highlands, N.J

Sea Bright, N.J. - Sailing over the Moonlit Waters

Postcard-Seabright-New-Jersey
Postcard-Seabright-New-Jersey

Postmarked 1944 - This postcard was published by Tichnor Bros, Inc., Boston, Mass

Image of Sea Bright, N.J.

George Washington Bridge, Fort Tryon Park, Riverside Drive - Hudson River and Jersey Palisades, New York City

Postcard- Geo-Wash-Bridge-Fort-Tryon-NJ
Postcard- Geo-Wash-Bridge-Fort-Tryon-NJ

The back reads: "The George Washington Bridge is one of the main highways into New York City from New Jersey. It was constructed at a cost of $60,000,000 and is 3,5000 ft. long. Beautiful Riverside Drive may be seen in the foreground.

This pictures shows the George Washington Bridge had only one level. This is the way it was when it was opened in 1931. A second lower deck was opened in 1962.

This card was published by Acacia Card Co.

Image: George Washington Bridge

My Google Maps

show route and directions
A markerWaterfront -
Highlands, New Jersey
get directions

B markerGarret Rock and East Side Park -
Paterson, New Jersey
get directions

C marker -
Atlantic City, New Jersey
get directions

D marker -
Sea Bright, New Jersey
get directions

E marker -
Flemington, New Jersey
get directions

F markerPalisades Amusement Park -
Fort Lee, New Jersey
get directions

© 2012 Ellen Gregory

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh what a wonderful snapshot in New Jersey history you have created here. I love the color and energy in the vintage postcards and you have presented them beautifully!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Amazing vintage postcards of New Jersey. I have never been to this state but i want to go and see its beautiful nature.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      You did a lovely job on this lens, helping with the culture and history of New Jersey as well as the postcards. Pinned to my Letters and Postcards board and blessed.

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      You can really see how people dressed up for their vacations in the old days.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      I love looking at old postcards. My grandmother had an entire shoe box full of postcards that she had received over the years. She gave me that shoebox and I love every postcard in the box :)

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      I grew up near Baltimore, but had never been to New Jersey. In the 1940s, shorts weren't the style yet. I remember having to wear skirts and dresses in elementary school in the 1960s in Maryland.