Old Hackettstown street lamp decorations
Does anyone recall or have pictures of Main Street with the old decorations that used to hang from light and telephone poles? My brother and l were just reminiscing about being kids in the 1980’s and were debating what shapes there were. I recall a tree, bell, star and stocking. Were there others? Seemed like half the bulbs were usually out but we loved them anyway! Anyone know how long they’d been around? 1950’s maybe?
I have heard that the town used to decorate a tree right at the end of Grand Avenue in the middle of the road! Imagine that today?
When I owned a business on Main St. back in the late 70s and early 80s and was involved with the Hackettstown Trade Association we purchased a Angel to add to the other decorations you mentioned, Eperot...These were stored at the Fire House each year and put up the following year by the Hackettstown Volunteer Fire Dept...I have no idea when they started using these for the Main St. decoration but have a feeling it might have been in the 1960s...
She was beautiful, Eperot...and I remember I stored her in the back of my store for a while until it was time to put it up for Christmas on Main St.
I don't have a pic, but remember them fondly as well. They were a mix of candycanes, Christmas trees, snowflakes and Santa maybe? Would love to see it as well if anyone has an old pic of Main St. at Christmas time. (They lit up)....
Dover had the same type of lights and I loved them. My favorites were the candlesticks and the red stockings. I'm sure they were similar to the ones in Hackettstown.
If you go up to NJ the Scranton Area or out to the Slate Belt in PA they still put out the old ones in those down on their luck towns. And they still only half light up (but what do you expect from PA)?
The only one I can find thus far... but I recall seeing these late 60's early 70's as a child.
I can remember as a little kid before the town switched to the individual decorations they put up long strands of green and red lights ( big bulbs ) with green holly that ran on both sides on main street from the old Hess station up to someware around Tickners. Also the big tree at Main and Grand Ave. The town looked so beautiful back then. I think Wires Electric had something to do with it back then !
Before Grand Ave was reconfigured, there was a raised concrete curb and sidewalk area where the tree was placed at Christmas time. I am happy to see the Star and Cross still remain. They remind me of good times and past fond memories!
@grascal and @bob I remember the decorations when I was a kid! . I miss them and think they looked better than the wreaths on the lamp posts!
Many towns had Christmas illuminated decorations years ago. Makes me nostalgic remembering how towns looked at Christmas. I've got no photos but would appreciate seeing some....
Yes, I remember those. I remember a Rudolf head with a bright red nose (of course). That one was my favorite!
Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of Christmas decorations in Hackettstown from the 1970's or 1980's except wreath type decorations. Attached is Blackwell Street, Dover, New Jersey at Christmas time in 2017.
Historical view of employee's of Wire's electrical Shop erect Christmas tree on Main Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey in front of Bach's Drug Store.
Christmas tree and decorations next to 147 Main Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey in the 1930's or 1940's. Photo credit=Yvonne Rafalko Mooney
I remember the tree at Grand Avenue...wasn't there an annual tree lighting ceremony too?
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