The Way We Were: A Pictorial History

Classic photos of the Garden State we know and love.

Jersey pride is a powerful thing. Whether you were born and raised in the Garden State or arrived from elsewhere, it’s hard not to thump your chest about Jersey’s role in American history; our contributions to industry, science and culture; and the many famous and colorful characters nurtured here.

Such pride of place fuels the sense of nostalgia that infects so many in New Jersey, and that’s what this pictorial feature is all about. The photos represent much of what has added up to today’s New Jersey. Click the links below each photo to learn more about where and when it was taken, and revisit a time gone by.

Slice of Life

Photo courtesy of H. Armstrong Roberts/Classicstock/Corbis

Booming Burbs

Photo courtesy of Photoquest/Getty Images

Down on the Corner

Photo courtesy of Maria Mullen

Finding Joy Between the Racks

Sights and Sounds

Photo courtesy of Wildwood Historical Society/Joe Zazz via Jeri Hoffman McDaniel

Rockin’ Till Broad Daylight

Photo courtesy Bettmann/Corbis

Camden’s TV Mastery

Ella Fitzgerald at the Asbury Park Casino in 1938 with bandleader Chick Webb.

Jammin’ in Jersey

Let Me Entertain You

Photo courtesy of Tim Boxer/Getty Images

Atlantic City’s Airborne Equines

Riding the Cyclone at Palisades Amusement Park. The park closed in 1971, replaced by condo towers.

High Above The Hudson

Juno, owned by Mrs. Charles Mapes, jumps to the command of her owner's 16-year-old daughter, Judy, after the dog's turn in the ring at the Morris-Essex Kennel Show in June 1955.

The Show of Shows

Incredible Edibles

Photo courtesy of The Furino Family.

Hoboken’s Hot Dog Man

Staff stood at attention in the flagship Gruning's ice cream parlor in South Orange village some years before the 1946 fire there.

Hot Fudge Heaven

A New Life

Photo courtesy of The Everett Collection.

The Promised Land

Employees process asparagus at Seabrook Farms during World War II. Many of the farm's workers at the time were Japanese-Americans who had been interned since the beginning of the war.

Where New Lives Cropped Up

School Days

A Douglass freshman wearing a traditional dink hat, circa 1965.

Higher Ed, High Ideals

Principal George I. Read, right, with his students at Freehold's Court Street School in 1941.

Fortified For Anything

Work Hard for the Money

Commuters board the Hoboken Ferry, 1963.

Welcome Aboard

Workers for the Star Fish Company, a pound-fishing operation in Manasquan, admire a hefty catch in a photo dated June 20, 1923.

Net Gains

Photo courtesy of Andreas Feininger/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images

Cold War, Colder Architechture

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