Monday, December 10, 2012

More Christmas Floats ...

Both Photos from the Don Jackson Collection, LLF Library
Judging by the cars and trucks in the photos, these pictures are even older than the ones we have been featuring this month. My best guess would be that they are from the late '40s or early '50s.  The first float appears to have been sponsored by the community of Heuck's Retreat; the second, the Brookhaven Exchange Club.

While I do not recognize anyone from the first float, there is a great chance that a follower here or someone on my Facebook friends' list may be able to identify the adults and child on the second float.

I find both pictures intriguing, not so much for the floats themselves, but for the buildings in the background. The white structure in the first photo is oh so familiar, but I am not placing it.

The second photo clearly shows an old hip-roofed home that stood next to the Jewish Synagogue.  It was eventually replaced by a brick building that housed Dr. Russell Burns' dental practice and is still there today.

As always, please feel free to chime in with names and possible identification of the buildings, as to when they were built and who owned them -- here or on Facebook.

The synagogue, for those who may not be familiar with it, is one of the oldest in the state and up until it was decommissioned and turned into a museum and genealogical center a few years back, was believed to be the oldest continually operated synagogue in the state. 

It has been featured in a large coffee table book on famous synagogues from around the world.  In the years since an elderly New York friend showed me the photo and the blurb,  I have been unsuccessful in locating that particular book again, so, unfortunately, I am unable to provide the exact title and author. 

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