This 1951 Cadillac ambulance was donated by the Paramus Rotary Club. It replaced a 1936 LaSalle ambulance that was purchased for $650 from the Closter Ambulance Corp and went into service in June 1950 when the ambulance corp. was organized. After housing the ambulance in various locations, the ambulance headquarters building on Midland Avenue was [...]
About Bill LeaverBill Leaver has been associated with the Behnke Museum since it opened in 2003. He was named as Director/Curator in 2013.
Established in 1933, the Orange Lantern is one of the oldest bar/food establishments in Paramus. They have been serving classic American food from Burgers and Sandwiches to Pizza for 87 years at their location on Firehouse Lane.
The Arcola Amusement Park was built in the early 1920's along the Paramus/Rochelle Park border when the area was still know as Midland Township. The park burned down in 1929.
The Old Salt Restaurant, established in 1946, was one of over 25 restaurants in Paramus. They also had one in Englewood Cliffs. The restaurant was closed and is presently the site of Paramus Honda on Route 4 near Garden State Plaza.
Do you remember Channel and Rickel's? Look closely. Recognize the building? The building still remains on Rout 17 South and is currently the Barnes & Noble Book Store.
Remember back in 1958 when Bergen Mall (now named Bergen Town Center) had a kiddie land area on the south side in front of Stern's Department Store.
Suburban Diner on Route 17. Quite different today compared to this photograph.
The Garden State Plaza, 62 years ago, was an open air mall with many flowering plant beds in the open spaces. The store on the right was Arcadian Gardens, a nursey that sold many home gardening items. The tall structure on the left was the J. C. Penney store and at the far end was [...]
Barney Martin was the first Chief of Police in Paramus. He was appointed on April 11, 1925 and stayed as Chief until April 24, 1936. He was "on duty" 24 hours a day. His office was on the front porch of his house. He then served as Acting Chief until July 17, 1936 when Carl [...]
The telephone bench was found in most homes in the days before wall mounted, and then later cordless telephones, became the norm. The bench was a handy place to sit while you were talking on lengthy phone calls. It also provided a place to store the telephone directory.