Public Libraries of New Jersey
Many of these libraries seem to have been closed.
Still in use, but denuded of its tower.
Card made for Heath's 5 & 10¢ Store.
Located on Long Beach Island.
There once was an extensive history on the city's web site.
Opened in 1924, the library was built to mimic that of the typical Pennsylvania farmhouse. Its bricks arrived in the US via ship ballast, construction of St. John's church in Philadelphia, and demolition of said church for a bridge.
The Tichnors really went all out on this linen finish card, making it look like a shorefront restaurant.
Bloomfield (Jarvie Memorial Public Library)
Replaced in 1923, when it was donated to the municipality. Said to have been engulfed in a college campus, probably Bloomfield College.
With its Romanesque architecture, it has a certain academic cast.
Card published in Great Britain, by Valentine & Sons.
Bloomfield Public Library
This was the second documented building for the Jarvie Memorial Library. When James Newbegin Jarvie offered the contents of the above building to the town, it bounced about several locations until the building at left was opened in 1927. It was replaced in 1967, a 40 year run, and now serves as a theater for library events.
The Taylor family home, bought for use as a public library, was demolished in 1924.
Americhrome card, never mailed, has a divided back.
Appears to be privately run, never a good sign.
It has a proud history, having been chartered by George II, in 1757. The library web page says 1758.
The locally produced card was mailed in 1905.
There is confusion between Cooper Park Library, which I believe is a Carnegie branch, and Cooper Branch.
Cooper Branch (Cooper Free Public Library)
Address: 2nd and Cooper. Donated by Eldridge R. Johnson, the founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company, along with the eponymous park. Closed 1974.
Said to be part of one of Rutger's satellite campuses. According to Waymarking, normally a reliable source, this neo-Classical building is located in Johnson Park.
Pyne Point Park (Cooper Mansion)
The irony is that you can see a body of water on both cards.
Chatham (now Library of the Chathams)
Built in 1924, with additions in 1940, 1960, 1963, 1982 and 2004, which has to be some sort of record. I can no longer find the library's history page, but it seems as if it has an unusual collection on the History of Radio.
Photo-Tone card (Eagle Post Card View Co.) mailed in 1938.
Named Clifton Memorial Library to commemorate the WWII dead. Built in 1952, replaced 1991. Fate unclear, as the new library was built adjacent to the old.
Moderne building featured on chrome giveaway postcard.
Hackensack (Johnson Public Library)
Named for the state senator, William M., who donated land for the 1901 building, which is still in use.
There are several other pictures and cards of this unusual library building linked on Hackensack Now, but I still can't determine its architectural style.
(L) This card is unattributed, but was mailed in 1907, shortly after the evenly divided back became legal to use.
(R) This Eagle Quality card likely dates to the early 1930s. Note the cars and overgrowth of vegetation.
Major addition in 1958 to the 1919 building.
This card most likely predates the addition, but I would not guarantee the fact.
Photo postcard was mailed in 1941.
Founded in 1913, this building was dedicated in 1931, a very unusual time for such civic improvements. Apparently, today, a children's room is separate from the main, small library.
Lustone postcard, in chrome finish and never mailed.
Founded in 1921, this building opened in 1954, and has had two major building projects since. It's now a branch of the Mercer County Library.
The postcard is by the Mayrose Company.
Now served by the Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library. What became of this building after 1988 is unknown to me.
The Fairbanks Card Company postcard was never mailed.
(L) Souvenir brand postcard, mailed in late 1908. Oddly, it has a 'Received and Answered' stamp, despite being mailed to a single person.
(R) Unknown publisher with an opposite view. Did you notice the ice wagon in front?
Mailed in 1905.
Keyport (Raritan Guard Public Library)
Well-regulated militia (Raritan Guard Library and Military Association) indeed! According to a New Jersey Library Bulletin (v.3, issue 3, 1914) article, the Guard turned its building over to the Keyport Free Library Association in March, 1914.
The Library seems to lack a web site, but photo sites show it as still in use.
I like the color scheme from the Americhrome postcard much better.