PARAMUS BICENTENNIAL QUILT

In 1976, in honor of the country’s 200th anniversary, Paramus established a Bicentennial Commission  to plan events throughout the year. One commission member Judy Jonas, was a amateur quilter who organized this quilt.  Schools, the library, fire & police, scouting troops, and other civic organizations contributed patches to the quilt

Past Weeks


GAS STATIONS

One of the almost 40 gas stations that existed in Paramus in the 1930’s – 40’s.  

NEW BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTER

This photo shows the very first building built 100 years ago for Bergen Pines County Hospital now known as New Bridge Medical Center.  It is said to have contained 30 beds and to have been constructed in 3 weeks. 

FABER CEMENT BLOCK COMPANY

The cement building blocks produced by this company were the standard set by many architects who specified that they be used on their projects. The company was located on Route 17 in the area where the Dick’s Sporting Goods Store and Michael’s are currently located. 

JACKET PATCH

This patch worn by members of the Paramus Roller Rink Figure Skating Club

SANTA CLAUS AT GARDEN STATE PLAZA

This is a photo of the original Santa Claus at the Garden State Plaza that stood in the northeast parking lot facing Route 17.

TOY CRANE TRUCK

This toy unit crane truck was popular in the 1950’s.  It was manufactured by the the Doepke Company.

NEW JERSEY ROUTE 2 – NOW ROUTE 17

Designated in 1920 as NJ17N, a road from Newark to Suffern, NY, it was named Route 2 in 1928.  It  was renamed Route 17 in 1942 for defense purposes during World War II.  .  The original cloverleaf was completed in 1932 and was then replaced by the flyover ramps we see today in 1998

OLD PARAMUS POLICE HEADQUARTERS

This building was a one room school house until Paramus built 2 new schools in 1944.  Now used as the Charles E. Reid Branch Library that opened in June of 1994, the photo shows the sign over the entrance when it was used as Paramus Police Headquarters and Paramus Court.

TRAUTWEIN AIRPORT

Biplanes were popular at the airport located on Passaic Street at the Paramus/Rochelle Park border in the early 1930’s.

TRADER HORN

Trader Horn was the go-to store for appliances before the P.C. Richards and Best Buy that we have today.  They, along with several smaller independent dealers, sold televisions and kitchen appliances.