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Postcard book to feature blasts from town’s past
By Ben Meritt   - 04/30/2008

The Hammonton News

HAMMONTON -- Some vintage images of yesteryear Hammonton will be featured in an upcoming book of postcards being
prepared by two local residents.

The book by Grayce Pitera and Kristin Colasurdo feature postcards from the collection of Pat and Sandy Onofrio and the Historical Society of Hammonton. It will be published by Arcadia Publishing, which has produced the popular Images of America publications highlighting the history of communities such as Hammonton and others across the country in recent years.

The project had a simple start when the two women were going through some books of postcards that belong to the society.

"We were looking through them and commented that nobody gets to see these," Pitera said.

So the idea was hatched to get the postcards, many of which date to the early 1900s and earlier, Pitera said.
The two then approached the Onofrio's, who gladly turned over their collection of two books that Pitera described as "mammoth."

"I am so happy and grateful to them," Colasurdo of the Onofrio's lending their collection to the project, which is a private endeavor between Colasurdo and Pitera.

In recent weeks, the finishing touches have been placed on the project. The 214-page book is slated to be published in late August or early September a couple of weeks prior to the society's showhouse event. The book's release will come around the same the society releases its own postcard series of Hammonton.

Pitera said it was "a joy" going through all the cards. Pitera's favorite was one of a "school marm" in a field of dahlias, which was likely taken in a field near the present day Sooy Elementary School on Fourth Street.

"It was just wonderful. It was one of the largest dahlia fields around," Pitera said.

Colasurdo said she like the postcards that depicted people from the comments.

"It captured life at a time which is so different from this time," Colasurdo said noting some of the postcards depict scenes at the Hammonton Lake.

The people at Arcadia have been great to work with, Pitera said.

"We got our book to them just before the deadline they set. They've handled the rest," Pitera said.

"This is no literary masterpiece," Pitera explained. "It just has a great collection of postcards."

Arcadia has asked the two to work on another project, one that Pitera said, the two hadn't reached a consensus on just yet.

"We both have our ideas," Pitera said.





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