Lost Hopewell Photos – Seminary & Broad

One welcome result of working on this year’s Seminary Avenue Historic Walking Tour has been the discovery four previously-unknown historic photos of East Broad Street and Seminary Avenue in Hopewell from around the 1920s. Seminary Avenue Historic Walking Tour: Sat. May 21 – Mon. May 21 See References for the tour, including the Handout, plus … Continue reading Lost Hopewell Photos – Seminary & Broad

21 East Broad – Hopewell Groceries / Barbers / Restaurants

What do you remember about 21 East Broad Street in Hopewell Borough, the building at the entrance to Seminary Avenue? The two-story structure seems unremarkable – a simple rectangular building split into two storefronts on the ground floor, with residential space above. But this building has a long history of well-known occupants, back to its … Continue reading 21 East Broad – Hopewell Groceries / Barbers / Restaurants

Harry Cox – Hopewell Barber (1909-1945)

Harry Cox was a Hopewell institution as a barber on Seminary Avenue for over 35 years, from 1909 to his death in 1945. He was a farm laborer at age 16, became an apprentice barber at 20, and opened his own shop at age 21. He expanded his shop multiple times, and in 1920 bought … Continue reading Harry Cox – Hopewell Barber (1909-1945)

Seminary Avenue Historic Walking Tour

            Douglas Dixon, Hopewell Valley History Project             A Hopewell Valley Heritage Week Event            Co-sponsored by the Hopewell Public Library             Tours on Sat., May 21 at 11 am and 2 pm;                      Sun., May 22 at 1 pm and 3 pm; and Mon., May 23 at 2 pm            Free, but limited places – Pre-Registration Required … Continue reading Seminary Avenue Historic Walking Tour

Mystery Objects: Shaving Mug and Angle Tool

Here are two mystery Hopewell artifacts, thanks to Doug Robbins – a shaving mug decorated with a confusing design, and an optical angle tool that we don’t understand at all. Do you know more about these, or similar objects? UPDATE (same day): Optical angle tool identified! Optical Angle Tool The first mystery is a foldable … Continue reading Mystery Objects: Shaving Mug and Angle Tool

Hoproco – Hopewell’s 1920s Toy Company

Yes, Hopewell did have a toy company, albeit a short-lived one. Hoproco, the Hopewell Products Company, operated from 1923 to 1929 at 18 Burton Avenue in Hopewell, manufacturing metal and wooden mechanical toys and novelties. We know of only five toys that were manufactured by Hoproco, circa 1925 to 1928. These products are nicely designed … Continue reading Hoproco – Hopewell’s 1920s Toy Company

Easter Bonnet Photos, with Frills

To celebrate the Spring season, here are some fun photos from around 1900 showing the well-dressed Pierson family in Hopewell. Perhaps these are not Easter bonnets, but these folks clearly are having fun with being dressed up, and do have some fine looking headgear. It’s also interesting to see how unconcerned these folks were about … Continue reading Easter Bonnet Photos, with Frills

Hopewell Reference Books – HHH 1897 & 1909 Hopewell

We are lucky to have two booklets passed on to us from Hopewell boosters from over a century ago – Healthy, Historic Hopewell from 1897, and 1909 Hopewell New Jersey. Each is over 50 pages, with text plus 40-some photos to “set forth the advantages of Hopewell as a place of residence” – and as … Continue reading Hopewell Reference Books – HHH 1897 & 1909 Hopewell

February 2022 Update – Videos

The February updates to the History Project featured a new YouTube video channel with clips from 1940 plus links to other interesting external videos. Other contributions include a 100th Anniversary scrapbook of the history of Hopewell Boy Scout Troop 71, and a new history brief on the former Rockwell Fire Brigade building, a fun example … Continue reading February 2022 Update – Videos

1940s Hopewell Videos

We are amazingly blessed to have some two hours of video, shot in and around Hopewell Borough eighty years ago(!) – from 1941 through 1947. The original 8 mm films were transferred to digital, and now are being posted on the new History Project YouTube channel. These provide a wonderful “slice of life” view of … Continue reading 1940s Hopewell Videos