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Russell Pavilion, 1935

Oh, does this image bring back memories!  Summertime. Hanging out at "The Point."  In the 1970s "the Point" was the end of Hylan Blvd. near the water's edge.  The Russll Pavilion had already been demolished.  Just a guard rail kept (most) cars from falling into the bay.  Hylan Blvd. now terminates at Satterlee St.  The Point was the place to meet up with your friends and have a few laughs.  Good times.

The Hadkins Bottling Co., also known as the Hadkins Beverage Co., was founded in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1863 and later moved to Tottenville.   Today, Bocce Court, off Craig Avenue between Johnson Avenue and Main Street, is located on the site.  Early on, the company bottled soda water and ginger ale and later carbonated flavored beverages.  The company closed in 1950 after 87 years. 

The Tottenville Historical Society is lucky to have several different styles of Hadkins bottles from different periods.  The bottle shown here is a cap top with a painted label, probably from the late 1930s-1940s.  Bottles from this period are hard to find, especially with original contents.  This bottle came to us half-full.....or, as some would say, half-empty!

The year was 1966.  Vietnam. Twiggy. Summer of love. Grateful Dead.  Jefferson Airplane. The Monkees.  And the granny dress! 

The granny  became popular in the 1960s and was "first embraced by the flower-child hippie for its romantic illusions and simple form."  The dress pictured on the left was hand made for an 11 year old and worn often but only for play.  Grannies were not allowed in schools (including P.S. 1 and Tottenville High School).   

By the 1970s, the young girls who wore granny dresses in the '60s were wearing mini-skirts and hot pants.  Do you still have your granny dress, or a vintage picture of it?  (Preferably with you in it!)  Send us your photo and we'll post it here.