Visitors Nostalgia & Memories

(Archive #17: May 1, 2005 to May 31, 2005 entries)

HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 20:29:10 (EDT)

Another name that the band "Wee Three" used, and I believe the first name they used, was "Velvet Britches". The band was led by Joe Dougherty. A very good local band that played most of the local watering holes for a number of years.
Bruce D. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:28:12 (EDT)
Speaking of the Anvil Inn & Cafe Continental I well remember a band called the Wee Three, which was later the Hat Trick Band playing in both places as well as the Tally Ho and other spots on 202 and US 1. Also remember the Kit Cats who were at their most popular, I think, in the late 60s.
butch schilling <>
mt. pleasant, sc USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 16:09:38 (EDT)
i remember cookie e jar he was great used to play at cafe continental next to bowlerama in 79 maybe early 80's sing sing sing awesome anvil inn in the 70's group called waterfront leon trent lead singer anyone remember?
Tommy Anuszewski <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, May 30, 2005 at 18:56:48 (EDT)
I saw on the amusements page that Fireman's Parades was on the list. I was in the Pennsville Fireman's Band (baton). I only remember one parade that I went to in Delaware. I think it was in Holloway(sp?) Terrace. I was also in the Blue Rock Drum and Bugle Corp.(flag) Anyone else a member of either of these groups?
sally <>
pennsville, nj USA - Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 17:01:31 (EDT)
I just checked...I have the 45 of Let's Get Lost On A Country Road by the Kit Kats.
sally carfiello <>
pennsville, nj USA - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 20:29:14 (EDT)
Sally: No, the Anvil Inn was in Kennett Square on Rte 1, I don't know what succeeded it there; Pulsations was in the old Longhorn Ranch building north of 322 on rte. 1, in Concord Township (or Concordville). I don't think anything occupied it after Pulsations closed and when the building was torn down.
Bruce D. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 19:30:19 (EDT)
You're right, the spelling is Kook E Jar. I can still see him spinning that microphone and him twirling around with his cape. As I remember, Charlie Delle Donne's greatest dream was to have Frank Sinatra make an appearance at the Crescendo. Was the Anvil Inn the same building that later became "Pulsations"? The building that was the Crescendo Lounge is now a dollar store.
Sally Carfiello <>
Pennsville , NJ USA - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 18:12:44 (EDT)
I well remember the Anvil Inn, I spent many a Friday and Saturday late-night there. There was a good local band that often played there, the "Kit Kats", who had a couple of songs that made the national charts. The one that went farthest was probably "Let's Get Lost On A Country Road". Great times.
Bruce D. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 16:52:35 (EDT)
Sally's post rung a bell mentioning the Crescendo Louge over the bridge. Also, the group from Belvedere, Teddy and the Continentals. They sang a song called Tick-Tick-Tock or something like that. Other late night hot spots were the Anvil Inn and not so hot Thunderbird Inn. Why was a beer after midnight so important?
Mike O. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 12:33:29 (EDT)
Among the pennants, posters and other objet-de-art on my bedroom wall was a poster from "Charlie Delle Donne's Crescendo Lounge." I believe the band leader's name was spelled "Kook E. Jar."
Larry Roszkowiak (Rush) <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 16:36:58 (EDT)
My father and mother brought the family to Riverview Park every Tuesday night during the summer (Family Night). We went on the weekends also but Tuesday night seemed to be the best. My favorite attraction was the spoke house with the boats. As far as Cookie Jar, he is playing at an outdoor pavilion in Las Vegas between Harrah's and maybe the Imperial Palace.
John <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:52:47 (EDT)
Pat et al..........I saw Billy Carden in 2002 at the PS Dupont 50th reunion of the Class of 1952. I had not seen him in 50 years, but we fell into talking like it had been only yeaterday that we were both part of the "gang" that hung around 23rd and Jefferson. He was one of the charter members of "The Garfield Boys." May he rest in peace.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 07:17:45 (EDT)
For all you old 9th Warders out there, I just saw in the Wilmington-Journal obituaries that Billy Carden died. He graduated from PSduPont in 1952; and I am sure that a lot of us remember him. He lived in Florida at the time of his death. I remember his as one of my little playmates back in the 40's.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 21:45:32 (EDT)
My corrected e-mail.
Sally Carfiello <>
Pennsville, NJ USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 12:40:32 (EDT)
I just read through the archives and saw things from my hometown mentioned. Riverview Beach Park, The Pool, Skating Rink, Crescendo Lounge. Sometimes in the summer, when the wind blows a certain way, you can still smell the scents of the Park. Maybe just a Mom Mom remembering? I must have ridden every ride through the years except the airplane and the silver rockets. I could just picture those cables breaking and the planes with me inside, flying over and out of the park, probably landing in the river. The Pennsville Historical Society put together a short piece about the park from it's start to it's closing. Available on vhs. The Pool, can you even imagine today renting suits, bathing caps, etc? Does anyone remember that you had to go into the old hotel(converted ito restrooms) in the park to go to the bathroom? They were the scariest toilets ever! In order for them to flush, you had to sit on them. When you got up, it would flush. The suction and sound were so forceful and loud, that it seemed like you'd be pulled in if you weren't quick. The skating rink was one of my favorite places. I was there as often as was possible. When the skating stopped, the dances began. Again, always there. The dj's from WAMS brodcast live from there. Great times! Good memories. My favorite....Teddy and the Continentals. Does anyone know if any of the members are still living? Then, when I was older, of course, I went to the Crescendo Lounge. Favorite....Cookie Jar and the Crumbs. I remember one night, they sang a Billy Harner song to me...."Sally Sayin Something". Anyone have info on "Cookie"? You could get into the Lounge through a door in the bowling alley (I don't know how some of those bowlers got in there, got a drink and back out in time to bowl) There was also a restaurant at the bowling alley, The Embers, I worked there a few years. Some of the performers used to come in for something to eat. Met a lot of interesting people. Pennsville now has a Septemberfest at the park every year. There's a parade, food, entertainment, etc. You're bound to run into someone you haven't seen for years. You promise to keep in touch but it seems you don't remember your promise until you see them the following year.
sally carfiello <>
Pennsville, NJ USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 12:23:27 (EDT)
I played for the Wilmington Comets Football team, and we played in the North American Football League, with teams in Pittsburgh, Annapolis, Mobile, AL, Huntsville, AL, and Lakeland, FL. I have some old photos, and many fond memories of Wilmington.
Jim Keil <>
Westbrook, ME USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 08:22:58 (EDT)
sandy janvier lenkiewicz <>
claymont, de USA - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 16:14:45 (EDT)
sandy janvier lenkiewicz <>
claymont, de USA - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 16:09:57 (EDT)
Ray - While we could debate forever the ethics of downloading material for free, a real important reason not to do it is because many of those files are corrupted and can cause damage to your computer. I went through heck a year ago because my teenage daughter downloaded songs from one of those web sites and ruined the computer with viruses and corrupted files. BE CAREFUL!
Art <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 10:23:18 (EDT)
Some of the phone calls from Wilmington to nearby places like Newark Claymont and Holly Oak were toll calls. I believe the toll was .10 a call.Some of the tolls stayed until the late 1940's.
Sam Cirolao <>
Bonita Springs , FL USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 21:44:55 (EDT)
Well, this will be a case of "don't do as I do, do as I say". Don't go to any of those download sites where the kids get thousands and thousands of songs for free. Don't go to those sites that also have movies to download for free. And don't go there to get old-time radio episodes for free. I have downloaded hundreds of them. And if they trot my old butt off to jail for copyright infringement, I'll just lay there in my 6 x 9 and smile with my memories.
Ray Zelano <>
New Castle, Delaware USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 18:40:47 (EDT)
That's how I remember it, Bill.
Bruce D. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 12:51:58 (EDT)
Bruce, you're exactly right (on your clarification/omission correction)- that's what I was trying to say earlier about the Holly Oak numbers; you didn't dial the "HO"... and speaking of Holly Oak numbers, I seem to recall that in the early days (early 40's), you had to call the operator from within Wilmington in order to get a Holly Oak number... you asked her for "Holly Oak nnnn". Do I remember that right, or am I all wet?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 12:09:02 (EDT)
'WYman' was used in the Richardson Park area, also.___I have all of the telephone exchanges and their locations.___I'll post them all on the site somewhere...
webmaster <>
wilmington, de USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 09:35:04 (EDT)
I've got to clear up an omission I made: after the 4 digit phone numbers (ours was 3956) came Holly Oak 8 (HO 8-3956) but the letters weren't used in dialing (not 46-8-3956, just 8-3956)), then when they started the prefixes, such as have been mentioned, ours was SYcamore, then POrter. WYman was always southwest, down around the Newark area, I believe; Olympia was downtown, still in use as prefix 65 :)
Bruce D. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 09:27:21 (EDT)
To Larry – Ref. Browntown:: In doing some of my past research for this site, I found an article published in the News Journal about the various neighborhoods.___Browntown was named after a prominent Doctor Brown, if I recall.___However, now I see that the News Journal is “selling” all of their archived articles.___Like anything else, I should have saved it when I had the chance…
webmaster <>
wilmington, de USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 09:15:05 (EDT)
Yes, I remember the prefix in Brandywine Hundred. We lived in Holly Oak and the exchange was HO plus 5 numbers then POrter and 5 numbers.
Harry Brand <>
Wilm, DE USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 07:51:24 (EDT)
I bought some DVDs of old TV shows (Dragnet, Wagon Train, Burns & Allen, Make Room for Daddy, etc.) at the local Dollar Tree store. I was playing them on my computer, then the other day I bought a new VCR and it had a DVD player in it so, of course, I now watch them through my TV.
Connie <>
Wilmington, De USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 07:05:40 (EDT)
Right, Bruce! It WAS SYcamore, not WYman that we had early on... but when we first moved to Edgemoor Terrace, the 2-letter prefixes had not been implemented (at least not on OUR phone). We had a "Holly Oak" number, which wasn't an exchange like OLympia, POrter, etc... I can remember back in the early 40's, my great aunt lived off the Phila. Pike in Holly Oak, and she had a number that was "Holly Oak nnnn" - I don't recall the digits, but I distinctly remember there were only 4 of them. That was back when Wilmington phone numbers were all only 5 digits.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 02:16:02 (EDT)
In regards to the old radio shows, Cracker Barrel carries the casette tapes of a lot of them. I don't know if they carry CDs or not. The nearest ones are on Elkton Road in Maryland and Pennsville, NJ.
Mary Ann Combs <>
Newark, DE USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 18:22:17 (EDT)
Bill, I lived in Hillcrest and when the number changed from just numerals to a prefix and numerals, we were first given SYcamore for a short time; then SYcamore was moved to the Claymont area (where it remains, as 79). Our later prefix became POrter, which now is known as 76 prefix. I think the prefixes came in the mid 40's. :)
Bruce D. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 18:16:15 (EDT)
My sister, living in Elsmere Manor, had a WYman exchange. I don't recall when the letter exchanges were implemented, but they existed in the 40's.
Tom Wood <>
Albertson, NY USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 18:05:08 (EDT)
There was a Wyman exchange as well as Olympia, another downstate was Frontier,Endicott was another one.I can't remember where that one was located. Back then,you could always tell what part of the state a person lived in by the prefex of their phone number.
K.Burton <>
Pike Creek, De USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 15:12:10 (EDT)
Jo Ann, I don't remember the exact year that phone exchanges started, but as I recall, Newark became "ENdicott" and New Castle was "EAst". It had to be somewhere around 1951-53, or that era. My family lived in Edgemoor Terrace, and we moved there in 1950. The first phone number we had was HOlly Oak 8-1189. That got changed to (I think) PRospect 8-1189. A while later our number was changed to POrter 4-2346. When they went with all-digit numbers, it was 764-2346 (the same as PO 4-2346.) I almost remember another exchange we had... could it have been "WYman"? Where was that exchange located? It's been a long time...
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 14:28:07 (EDT)
Anyone know how Browntown got its name?
Larry Roszkowiak (Rush) <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 12:29:32 (EDT)
Jo Ann, click on 'General Items' from the above 'Pull Down' and you'll see other phone exchanges...
webmaster <>
wilmington, de USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 11:58:48 (EDT)
SANDY - I remember the 'telephone revolution.' Do any of you remember what year Wilmington began it's prefix of Olympia #s? I forget. Or, what Newark and New Castle became? I think most of the metropolitan USA got an exchange name before the phone #s around then? Prior to that, in my youth, we all just had 5 digit's numbers. Ours was 32924.
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 11:25:38 (EDT)
I can remember trying to sell the Princess telephones when I worked for Diamond State Telephone back in the early'60s. Most people didn't know what they were and we had to discribe them over the phone. It got to be real fun when the Trimlines came into being. People use to call us and want to order the Princess Ann phones. The first ones came out with a little external light over the dial, then a couple of years later they came out with a new technology, "the lighted dial". That was the beginning of the telephone revolution of colors and styles.
Sandy Paski Conner <>
Bear, DE USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 21:05:30 (EDT)
I was just in Happy Harry's at 9th & Market Streets and had pleasant memories come to mind. They are again selling "Princess" phones.
Pat Rambo <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 14:13:00 (EDT)
Re OLD RADIO PROGRAMS - check out They sell tapes and CDs of old time radio programs, every kind.
Connie <>
Wilmington, De USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 07:21:04 (EDT)
Posting a question for a friend - I've never heard of this place. Does anyone remember who the owner was of the Wilmington excavating company, Western Earth Movers? Jo Ann - I listened to The Shadow clip - it's "Who knows what evil lurks in the HEARTS of men".
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 16:59:53 (EDT)
COAL ASHES : As a child,I remember coal ashes were sprinkled on the icy sidewalk,to prevent anyone from slipping. We always had a large supply,it was free,unlike the salt that we have to buy today.
K.Burton <>
Pike Creek, De USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 15:21:38 (EDT) the minds of men. The Shadow Knows!!!
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 14:35:09 (EDT)
The glassware that was given out at theaters is called Depression Glass, because of the time frame when it was given out. What was free at one time, can be very costly today depending on the pattern and piece. My wife has purchased quite a bit on Ebay.
Richard A. Grayson <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 14:32:10 (EDT)
There are a lot of sites where you can listen to old radio shows. Some have entire episodes, others sound clips. Here's one with sound clips: Who knows what evil lurks in the minds of .....(who can finish it without playing it first?) : )
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 12:40:04 (EDT)
I think you mean shortwave radio, Ray. Many of the large sets, like our old Philco, had shortwave band on them, by which you could tune in Moscow, London, etc. Yes, and also Morse Code. A couple more radio programs back in that time were "The Shadow", "The FBI in Peace And War", "The Bickersons", "The Lone Ranger", "Superman", and on and on. Great radio back then.
Bruce D. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 12:24:36 (EDT)
We had one of those large floor model radios. You could get overseas stations on it and also something called "shortband" I think. Not absolutely sure about that last. But the short band always had Morse Code tappings on it. Of course, this was before any of us had TV. We all sat around listening to shows like, Red Skelton, Mystery Theater, The Great Gildersleeve, Fibber Magee and Molly, etc. etc.. On another note, I tried desperately several times to get my grandchildren interested in going into business for themselves. My "original" idea was for them to get a truck and establish a route in one community and deliver bread and baked goods. In this day of everyone in the household having to work, it would be very convenient to have those items at your doorstep. I think it would work quite well with milk as well. Sorrowfully, they weren't interested. I just wish I could get my old bones working well enough to do it myself.
Ray Zelano <>
New Castle, Delaware USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 11:35:10 (EDT)
As long as everybody's discussing coal -- anyone know how the phrase "getting your ashes hauled" came to mean something that had nothing to do with coal?
Larry Roszkowiak (Rush) <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 11:32:46 (EDT)
Ahhh, ash day... I had forgotten about that. I now remember the containers for coal ashes; they resembled 55-gallon drums- and thus the nickname "ash cans" for depth charges used in anti-submarine warfare in WWII; they looked just like them. They were a bit thicker than you would expect, because every so often they'd contain a "hot one"-- a little piece of coal that was still burning, and you didn't want it to burn through the container! And yes, apparently coal ashes made good fertilizer or conditioner for gardening soil. Bob, you're the chemist; what does burnt coal become that's so good for growing things? Potash?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 11:29:06 (EDT)
I have a picture taken outside of my house in August of 1943. In the background of the picture you can see the old coal chute that dumped the coal into the cellar. Also, I suspect my relatives used to dump ash buckets in the backyard, because when I dig and garden I often find coal pieces and shards in the ground. Sean
Sean <>
Wilmington, De USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 09:44:24 (EDT)
BOB: Yes, Diamond Ice and Coal. There was a garbage day (they came up the back alley) and there was 'ash day'. I can recall my daddy lugging the ashes from our coal furnace out to the front curb on 'ash day', before he went to work.
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 09:43:11 (EDT)
I remember that some homes didn't have a basement window that allowed access for delivery of coal by a chute directly from the dump truck to the "coal bin." In those cases, the delivery man had to lug the coal down from street level to the basemants in huge, filthy canas sacks, one at a time. What a dirty job, especially if you were delivering soft, crumbly bituminous coal! I'm sure these guys always welcomed a delivery of hard, clean-burning Pennsylvania anthracite coal by comparison. Remember the "Blue Coal" anthracite brand? The suppliers sprayed blue paint on the coal in spreckles to give what was essentially a commodity, a brand identity.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 07:34:36 (EDT)
Jo Ann - We were always threatened with that piece of coal, and every year, just so we would know that Santa did really see us, we would always get a small piece in the very bottom of our stockings. LOL can you imagine the kids today believing something like that? Funny, I remember the water fountains too, but I hadn't noticed when they all disappeared.
Patty <>
Wilmington, De USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 22:56:52 (EDT)
DARN! Make that coal chute!!!
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:54:29 (EDT)
PATTY: Do you remember being threatened that the very same coal would appear in your Christmas stocking if you didn't behave? And the coal was so shinny sliding down the coal-shoot to the cellar, I always wanted to slide down with it.
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:52:31 (EDT)
OTTAWA, IL USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 20:51:35 (EDT)
This past weekend I was in a conversation about all the small, squatty stone water fountains in most of Wilmington's city parks when I was growing up. They were made of some type of very dark stone, with an attached step on one side for us little kids - Anyone else remember them? *Mary Kay, we thank you for the info.
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 20:15:13 (EDT)
The Park Movie also took part giving out dishes, but I don't remember the glasses. I have a few of the dish towels (white, with an orange stripe on each side) that came in the laundry detergent boxes. Did anyone think to save a piece or two of coal? I don't know anyone who has any. I remember the coal man dumping a delivery load down a chute into our basement. I vaguely remember the huge radio we would sit and listen to. It had a lot of settings, and you supposedly could tune into different countries. Anyone remember if that was true?
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 19:35:08 (EDT)
Don't forget the plates, glasses, and dishes, Sandy. And, the Grand was one of the theaters that took part in that.
Bruce D. <>
Wilmington , DE USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:56:51 (EDT)
Regarding the seafood restaurant. In the restaurant guide on this site there is listed a Comegy's Oyster House, at 12th and Market. It has been gone for years. There is a bar called Comegys Pub. It is at 210 N. Union St.
Sean <>
Wilm, De USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 15:02:46 (EDT)
Anyone remember a small sea food restaurant just west of Market St. called Comygy's? (sp?) Our Dad, a seafood fan, came home one Friday and said he had just discovered a great little restaurant. The place only had five or six tables and since the food was cooked to order the wait was almost 45 minutes but it was worth it. We went once and never went back and I always wondered if it had closed. Anyone recall it?
Larry Roszkowiak (Rush) <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 11:19:09 (EDT)
Talking of soap flakes, who remembers our mothers buying soap flakes or powder and getting towels and wash cloths from inside the box? The bigger the box the larger the towel. I seem to remember that some of the movie theaters also gave them out as well.
Sandy Paski Conner <>
Bear, DE USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 11:13:48 (EDT)
OTTAWA, IL USA - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 22:46:30 (EDT)
Remember soap flakes before there was soap powder and detergents? And "Dreft" soap (flakes and powder). Also, someone older than me help me with this: my mother used to make soap, but I forget how she did it. It was a common thing back in the 40's, but my mind isn't that keen anymore. ?? Also, something about putting (fat or soap-bar pieces) in a stocking??
Bruce D. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 13:00:18 (EDT)
Remember the Brown and Scott Packing Company on S. Market St. They had yellow trucks with a picture of a pig in a polka-dot bow tie. They made the worlds best hot dogs, supplying the Dearhead.
ed barlow <>
hockessin, de. USA - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 16:41:53 (EDT)
Don't forget the Park Pharmacy on Maryland Ave. next to the Crest Theatre.
ed barlow <>
hockessin, de. USA - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 16:28:46 (EDT)
Hi Phil, Mike Williams and I were in 8th grade together. I think he played basketball on Norbert Olsen's Jr. High team.
zeev golin <>
Rehovot, n/a Israel - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 10:21:29 (EDT)
Hi Zeev and all, had to comment on the hangouts you mentioned. I remember playing baseball in the big telephone company lot with Mike Williams and a lot of others. I worked at Matson Run News stand for a couple of years, Stan was the owner/boss and he drowe a Buick GS400. Cool and fast car. I'm a 1970 PS grad. One of the Glazier's was also in my class. P.S. I have a Utah Green card to live here. Someday I'll be back in the real USA.
Phil Culver <>
Layton, UT USA - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 09:58:33 (EDT)
I currently own a Divco milk truck still in the Delamore Dairy colors, and am trying to compile some history on the dairy.If anyone can help, please e-mail me!! Thanks!!
keith webb <>
newark, de USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 21:18:29 (EDT)
Bruce - LOL I agree about the making out. I thought about changing that section, but I figured that we would all know that part is wrong! : )
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 19:15:56 (EDT)
Patty, I agree with all of the facts you write except for one: I was making out back in the mid-50's, and I'm not talking about test scores. That term goes back longer than that. Have a great day. :)
Bruce D. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 17:28:51 (EDT)
Zeev in Israel. Back to your roots, ha? Me too back in Italy where it all started in 1912. But I always liked your neighborhood in Wilmington. We moved out to Brandywine Hundred from Little Italy in 1962. And I used to spend a lot of time waiting for the bus at the end of Washington Street and would often stop in the store at Matsun Run. There were nice semi-detached homes in that neighborhood. I thought of buying one back in the 80's but I would have been a pioneer as the neighborhood was just starting to change again. I would imagine it's back in good shape now like it was when you lived there. I had many good lunches at the Deli next door to the Danforth Drugs too. In summer, I remember that Deli being the most air conditioned place in town so I always brought my sweater to throw over my Villager blouse. Of course, I had Pappagallos on my feet.
Carol <>
Pescara , Abruzzo Italy - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 12:53:19 (EDT)
Hope it's ok to post something like this here. It's hard to believe! Stay with this -- the answer is at the end -- it will blow you away. One evening a daughter was talking to her dad about current events. The daughter asked her dad what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general. The dad replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born, before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. There was no radar, credit cards, laser beams or ball point pens. Man had not invented panty hose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man hadn't yet walked on the moon. Your Mother and I got married first - and then lived together. Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every man older than I, 'Sir' - and after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir..' We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, day care centers, and group therapy. Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions. Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege. We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent. Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started. Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends - not purchasing condominiums. We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey. If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk. The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam. Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 & 10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards. You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600 but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon. In my day, "grass" was mowed, "coke" was a cold drink, "pot" was something your mother cooked in, and "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby. "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office," chip" meant a piece of wood, "hardware" was found in a hardware store, and "software" wasn't even a word. And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap..... and how old do you think I am ???..... I bet you have this old person in mind... you are in for a shock! Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time. . .This person would be only 58 years old!
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 12:43:31 (EDT)
I'm a native of the Ninth Ward, where I grew up in the turbulent sixties. My brother and I were the 3rd generation of Wilmington's close-knit Jewish community: most of our grandparents and/or great grandparents emigrated from what was then the Russian empire. I would say most came from the Ukraine - draw an arc west of Kiev with a 200-mile radius and you've pretty much covered the roots of our community. Both my parents were from the Wilmington Jewish community, and all of their siblings married within the community. Our immediate neighborhood spread out from P.S.duPont High, north from 35th Street to the city line at Rockwood road in Brandywine Hills, west to Miller Road, and east to Shipley Street.Later many families moved out to Brandywine Hundred but that's another story. For us kids the "anchors" of the neighborhood were P.S. duPont High, Harlan Elementary School, the Miller Road Shopping Center (Jack Lundy's and Danforth Drugs), the Matson Run neighborhood store,the Bell Telephone playfield and the Beth Emeth and Adas Kodesch synagogues. P.S. had 2 fraternities: SAR and SigPhi. In the mid-sixties, the bitter basketball rivalry between P.S., Mt. Pleasant and Brandywine - all of which had large Jewish student populations, overshadowed the traditional rivalry with Wilmington High. The 3rd generation has spread out all over the country and to points beyond, but quite a few remain. One of the Gamiel boys lives on 38th street. Barry Rudnick has continued in the family auction business. The Glazier brothers are all in the Wilmington area.
Zeev (William) Golin <>
Rehovot, n/a Israel - Monday, May 09, 2005 at 17:51:34 (EDT)
Can remember when Mitchell's Department Store was on Lancaster Avenue. Prior to them being at that location, the building was some kind of a hall where wedding receptions were held. My aunt and uncle, Diane and Dave Zappaterrine, had their wedding reception there in the early 50's. Then, Mitchell's came in and settled with their vast array of model trains of all types and sizes. When the housing boom hit the suburbs along the Concord Pike/Fairfax area, Mitchell's moved into a shopping strip near there. Hoy's 5 and 10 (across from the A & P market) was a great place to go for lunch when I went to Lore School. Occasionally, we'd sneak out on the pretext of going home and have a hamburger, fries, and soda for under 50 cents. Pete's 5 and 10 (next to D'Amico's Butcher Shop) was a great landmark where the owners would go out of their way to help anyone acquire what they needed. I believe they went out of business just a few years ago. There was hardware store directly across the street from Pete's, Evan's Hardware, that was a good store as well.
Bruce Esdale <>
Newark, DE USA - Monday, May 09, 2005 at 09:20:00 (EDT)
Hi all. I'm looking for information about the developement of Glenville. We used to live there in the 1970's until my family moved to the Woods in Newark. I know they were hard hit with the last few storms and that the houses were condemned. I drove around there last June while visiting family. Could hardly believe it was the neighborhood where I grew up. I know that some of the housing fixtures were to be reused for a housing project. I attended Richie Elementary and Krebs before going to Stanton Elementary which I don't think any are schools anymore. Neither is Faith City where I went for 3 years. We have a Capriotti's here in Awatuckee and it's a hike from where we live. I really miss the subs and steaks there. And of course, the beaches. Have a Great Mother's Day everyone!
Paula Terranova Pfister <>
Mesa, AZ USA - Sunday, May 08, 2005 at 14:16:44 (EDT)
To Bob Wilson, the name of the family was Hoey. My mom and aunts always spoke of Mrs. Hoey as the owner. Happy Mother's Day to all Delaware Moms. Love and miss good ol' Delaware. Hoping to get back this summer to visit family.
Eleanor Helbing Terranova <>
Mesa, AZ USA - Sunday, May 08, 2005 at 13:49:13 (EDT)
fliescher's dress shop was at 12th or 13th & washington sometime in the 50's
frank zeccola <>
wilm., de USA - Sunday, May 08, 2005 at 11:45:34 (EDT)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Sunday, May 08, 2005 at 08:44:15 (EDT)
to Eleanor Terranova - I remember lots about Vandever Avenue...I was born at 631 (front bedroom) in 1933, and lived there until 1954. The man across the street worked for Fraim's Dairy, Mr. Taylor. Also, a man who worked for Bond Bread, Fred Ellis, lived on 22nd Street, 600 block. Remember the American Store near the corner of Vandever Avenue & Pine Streets? There was lots going on in those days, and YES, you could sit outside or walk around in the evening with no problems. We walked to dances at P. S. duPont at night. Was a more innocent time. to Nora Jubb....Mother's Day is sad for some and good for others. The old days were good, but our kids don't seem to think much of it. Happy Mother's Day to all! Shirley
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 20:23:44 (EDT)
Wayne, I was not at a loss for words. Just an "over 40" guy doin' his thing! I'm leaving Wilmington soon. My wife, Linda, and I are moving to Mexico; probably in July. Everything's about one-third the cost and there is a very large Gringo presence down there of retirees. I'll be leaving the AG's Office after too many years of dealing with criminals...........and their lawyers. All of my time on the wilmington streets should stand me in good stead, as I see it. Teaches you how to meet and enjoy people. I don't mean today. I mean when we were doing it. I'll keep in touch with this site and make a few observations about life down there versus Wilmington. I've already noticed that families sit out at night and talk on their steps, like we used to do on Connell Street in the 50's. No gangs on the corner either. In other words, comfortable and not at all intimidating.
jim rambo <>
wilmington, de USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 18:42:18 (EDT)
Mother's Day...whatever happened to the tradition of wearing a pink carnation for a living mother and a white one for a deceased mother.... always had a lovely white cocoanut cake with a carnation on the top to observe the day with your mother and thank her for all of her love raising us.....Another great tradition faded away.
Nora <>
Wilmington, De USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 10:17:59 (EDT)
To Eleanor Helbing Terranova et al.........Do you know the name of the family who operated the Grand Laundry on Vandever Avenue back in the 30's and 40's? Was it either Harmon or Papineau?
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 07:24:29 (EDT)
To Shirley Hudson Jester, re: The Bowling Alley on Vanderver Ave - It was first Blackwells Paint Store. Beside the Bond Bakery and Diamond Ice & Coal there was the Grand Laundry where my mother and two Aunts worked ironing men's shirts. Also Fraims Dairy was along that way. I lived at 519 Vanderver Ave in 1938 and for a few more years.
Eleanor Helbing Terranova <>
Mesa, AZ USA - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 23:56:22 (EDT)
Remember the great May processions at St. Ann's. Practice,practice, practice. Sister Clara Marie and her "clicker". The Summer Novena outside on the lawn. Our yearly picnic at Rockford TowerGirls basketball practice at Ursaline and games at Warner. What a fantastic community.
margaret boyle wagner <>
n.redington beach, fl USA - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 17:18:55 (EDT)
Gamiel's has been gone for many, many years. A couple of years ago they did have a place up on Silverside Road which was only open for breakfast & lunch but that also closed. I too miss their dogs and wish they would reopen somewhere close by. I was just talking on the phone with someone I used to work with and they seem to remember the sandwich as being called something, something "augratin".
Pat Rambo <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 15:35:35 (EDT)
Those wonderful hot dogs at Gamiels' were called twisters as I remember. I think that was actually what the roll was called. They were absolutely delicious. Also great were the corned beef or pastram with coleslaw and Russian dressing - all piled on rye bread. Yum, I'm getting hungry. Is Gamiels' still on 7th street?
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 15:08:45 (EDT)
I remember looking forward to Friday lunches at Gamiel's on E. 8th Street. Couldn't wait for noon so we could leave work and get one of the best dogs I ever had. It was a Jewish hotdog with cheese and pastrami on a poppy seed roll. Does anyone remember what they were called? They also had the best matzo ball soup.
Pat Rambo <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 12:32:47 (EDT)
Does anyone remember when Mitchell's Variety Store was on Lancaster Avenue between Union and the only one is in Fairfax on 202, a great source for train accessories.
Nora Jubb <>
Wilmington, De USA - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 10:34:04 (EDT)
I remember Hoys, the Wassams in back of Woodland Apartments, and Richardson Variety Store at 20th and Market.
Connie <>
Wilmington, De USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 18:41:06 (EDT)
I had forgotten all about the 5 & 10 ,near the A & P Store.I would go there on Friday night's with my Mom,after shopping at the A. & P. This was in the early 50's. As kids we collected traiding cards.They had a good selection there,At THE 5 & 10. Anyone out there remember trading cards ?? Not Baseball,just picture cards.
K.Burton <>
Pike Creek, De USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 15:26:50 (EDT)
A couple of great, old fashioned Hoy's five and dime stores operate in Avalon and Stone Harbor, NJ. They remind me of the one I used to go to on Union Street. It was located across from the A & P between Conrad and 2nd Sts on Union.
Art <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 11:55:25 (EDT)
Brown suits were acceptable as part of the rigid dress code for men at DuPont. But you would NEVER catch an IBM employee in a brown suit -- and particularly not if he was on a fast corporate track.
Carol <>
Pescara, PE Italy - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 08:30:49 (EDT)
Five & Dime----have all gone by the way side,only to be taken over by The Dollar Stores,which unlike The Five & Dime are every where.This isn't too bad.There are a lot of neat things in The Dollar Stores.
K.Burton <>
Pike Creek, De USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 07:49:10 (EDT)
I believe Rose Fleischer (sp) was around Ninth and Orange Streets. I also remember the chat line. I used to call when I would be babysitting, and after the little "kiddies" were sleeping. It was good company when you were alone with only the sleeping kids. Not much TV in those days. Not everyone had one, or two, or three or more, like today. Loved the 5 and 10's...worked at Woolworth's, 9th & Market when I was 16. Rode the 5 Vandever Avenue bus back and forth to work. Ah, the innocent days of youth!
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 00:13:05 (EDT)
In the late 50's I worked at a women's apparel store on Market Street. It was called "Richards." Also, when I married in 1965 my wedding dress came from Rose Fleicher, an upscale women's dress shop. I can't remember the street.
Rosse Poppitt <>
Lantana, TX USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 21:21:28 (EDT)
does the class of 1950 wilmington high school still have class reunions
jensen beach, florida USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 19:39:32 (EDT)
About the 5 & 10 cent stores. I'm pretty sure that Pete's on Lincoln Street was open longer than Wassam's. Can anyone confirm that? And I had forgotten completely about the WAMS busy line! I don't know how it was possible that so many people could be on at one time.
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 18:37:19 (EDT)
Connie, don't forget Grant's, which was also on Market st. I think the last 5 & 10 was actually the one in Elsmere, next to the firehouse, Wassam's, or something like that. I don't know of any still operating today; if they were, they would have been renamed to $5.00 & $10.00 variety stores, I think. :)
Bruce D. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 14:35:20 (EDT)
Are there any 5¢ and 10¢ stores still operating in New Castle County? I remember Woolworth, Kresges, Greens, etc. in the city of Wilmington. We had a Woolworth at Price's Corner until the mid 70s when someone held it up. An I WONDER - were Price's Run Park and Price's Corner named after members of the same family?
Connie <>
Wilmington, De USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 13:12:29 (EDT)
Does anyone remember how back in the mid fifties when you called WAMS and got a busy signal, all the callers on that line could talk to each other. We had a chat line even back in those days.
Gerry <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 13:09:07 (EDT)
The class of Old Wilmington High School is having their 45th class reunion on Saturday November 26, 2005 @ the Christiana Hilton. Were trying to get the word out, plus locate old classmates. For information you can contact S.Devenney Westergard 302/366-0938 - S. Hastings Griesbach 302-529-8764 - E. Rickenback Roberts 302-368-5616 or WHS e-mail address:
John Fitzpatrick <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 20:25:43 (EDT)
The old photo of the Crest Theatre and of Champlain Ave brought back a few memories. We went every Friday night and just like Bruce D., I had my peg pants, flag fliers, black jacket with a white turtle neck on and of course hair like Elvis w/ a DA. So cool. Boys from the Park.
Mike O. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 14:58:27 (EDT)
I had a DA in 1955 when I was seven. It lasted about five minutes. My mother saw it and did her "March right back up those stairs...." routine.
Larry Roszkowiak (Rush) <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 23:29:50 (EDT)
For Hanna: Are you related to Paul Walraven? He lived on Woodlawn Ave. as a kid. My sister & I lived next door to him & we did a lot of crazy things together. His mother's name is Josephine (Jo), & I think his dad's name was also Paul. I found a cousin of his, Charlie, on this site.
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 18:55:21 (EDT)
I lived on Wawaset St, across from the Brandywine (race). Right before the bridge that takes you to the zoo. Wawaset Park was always confused with where I grew up. The neighborhood pool I spoke of was down on the corner of Wawaset and Adams. Someone mentioned the Wilm. Club. I worked for a lawyer who belonged to that club. It was for men only. I used to bring special ordered lunches there for my boss and I had to knock on the door and then handed in the food, as women were not allowed to cross pass the door at that time. It was very exclusive. It was great fun walking to school (WHS) going to dances at the YMCA and watching the canoe races on the brandywine. I remember the Josephine fountains and the beautiful rose garden and cherry trees at Easter. The zoo and gardens were packed with people on Easter.
hannah <>
wilmington, de USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 15:24:05 (EDT)