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Plan Of Esterbrook's Camden Factory In 1885

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#1 AAAndrew

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 21:26

I just put up a page on my blog listing research resources for Philadelphia, including a ton of links to online Philadelphia Directories. 

 

Something I thought y'all might find interesting is a diagram of the Esterbrook factory in Camden, NJ from 1885. It's from a Sanborn map used by insurance companies. 

 

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The red buildings are made of brick, and the yellow ones are wooden-framed. 

 

The location is currently a parking lot across Cooper St. from Camden City School District Office. It was in the middle of the block, along Cooper, between Front and Delaware, on the south side of the street. 



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Posted 04 January 2018 - 21:35

I used to take the PATCO line which goes from NJ to Philly for a number of years and saw a painted Esterbrook sign on a building while the train whizzed through Camden. I guess it's been demolished since then to make way for that parking lot.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 21:42

I used to take the PATCO line which goes from NJ to Philly for a number of years and saw a painted Esterbrook sign on a building while the train whizzed through Camden. I guess it's been demolished since then to make way for that parking lot.

 

That could have also been the last factory they had which was on Cherry St. Not sure where your route took you. 



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Posted 22 February 2018 - 21:35

In 1970, for those of us who are older, Joni Mitchell first recorded Big Yellow Taxi, from which the line "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

 

In 2002, for those who are younger, Counting Crows redid it.

 

A great line, often used out of context to describe "progress."



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Posted 23 February 2018 - 03:54

 

That could have also been the last factory they had which was on Cherry St. Not sure where your route took you. 

I'm not aware that Esterbrook ever was on Cherry Street in Camden. In 1964 they moved to Cherry Hill, a nearby town.



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Posted 23 February 2018 - 14:22

I'm not aware that Esterbrook ever was on Cherry Street in Camden. In 1964 they moved to Cherry Hill, a nearby town.

 

Of course, you're right. I was having a brain fart day that day. Don't know what I was thinking. 



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