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In this photograph is one single car on the Ho-Ho-Kus Racetrack. In the background you see the part of the grandstand and structure where officials sat so they were able to better call the race.

This is a photograph of a horse race at the Ho-Ho-Kus Racetrack. The track was established in the early 1870's and continued to operate through until 1938. In 1912 the track started primarily featuring automobile races.

This is a photograph of an early trolley that passed through Ho-Ho-Kus. The trolley was operated by the North Jersey Rapid Transit Co. which ran from 190 to 1929. The photograph is labeled 1910.

This is a photograph of a race that took place at a 1910 Horse Show at the Ho-Ho-Kus Racetrack. In this picture, you are able to see the style of dress from the time period, some of the horses running, part of the grandstand and the official's…

In this photograph are four men with their horses at a horse show in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. Behind the men you see a structure that was probably used for the officials who called the race winners. The photograph is dated 1910.

This is a clipping of the July 5, 1935 New York Times article, "Flying Auto Wheel Kills Boy at Race." At the Ho-Ho-Kus 4th of July Celebration, a twelve year old boy from Fair Lawn, N.J. was killed by a rogue wheel that detached from a racing car's…

This is a clipping from the July 5, 1938 article from the New York Times. The event was a 4th of July celebration. This was the final race at the Ho-Ho-Kus Racetrack and the final accident that led to the eventual closing of the Racetrack.

Noon Day Rest depicts soliders waiting by for their next orders. The background and painted as though it is in a far distance, is an eastern landscape. It is unclear if they are in the area of Morocoo or the Middle East.

Waiting for Papa deoicts a women holding a child, staring out into the ocean. A seascape fills the background.

The Hobart art collection was given to the people of
the City of Paterson by Mrs. Garret Hobart in 1925
and is held in trust by the Paterson Library Board
of Trustees. This catalog of the Hobart exhibit was the first time the paintings were…

Oil on canvas painting depicting a rugged escarpment of rock (similar to Torn Mountain in Ramapo, New York). The
mountain is above a body of water and several deer are in the foreground; evergreens on left side of painting; signed in lower left, "J…

During the eighteenth century, the river valley and its inhabitants were the subject and inspiration of Washington Irving. By the nineteenth century, the area inspired the Hudson River School of landscape painting to draw in concepts of an American…

Greenwood Lake depicts a scene displaying a hazy sunset over the west shore of the lake and on right side is an island and on left side is a peninsula jutting out into the lake. The peninsula has trees in fall foliage and two human figures and a…

Storm King on the Hudson depicts a fall scene looking south or southwest; showing a sunset over sugged mountains on the right. The center of the painting shows a peninsula of land, forming a small cover and two human figures and grazing sheep.

This painting is entitled Greenwood Lake. It depicts a fall scene looking from a small inlet north into New York State with several cows in the foreground and blue sky with clouds. There are hills on both sides which are covered with fall foliage and…

This is an advertisement for the four day long Bergen County Fair of 1885 hosted by the Bergen County Agricultural Society. The fair will include a variety of races and is advertised to be the biggest event of the season.

This is a photograph of an advertisement for horse races in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ on May 30, 1885 hosted by the Bergen County Agricultural Society. This particular event was part of a four day long celebration for Decoration Day.

This is a map created for the Bergen County Tax Board in 1930. The map includes main streets such as Racetrack Road, Warren Boulevard, Sherwood Road, Elmwood Avenue and Franklin Turnpike. The map lists Samuel Nagle as the owner of the property…

This is an advertisement for the sale of the Sylvan Lake Hotel in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. which was located on the western shoreline of the Lake. The hotel was once a place for tourists and visitors to stay overnight and the original meeting place of the…

This is an advertisement for the Third Annual Fair of the Bergen County Agricultural Association that was held at the Ho-Ho-Kus Racetrack on September 13-16, 1881. In addition to the festivities, the Agricultural Association advertises the presence…

This is a photograph of the Ho-Ho-Kus Driving Club that shows the Clubhouse and Grand Stand in Ho-Ho-Kus. The track was built in 1870 by the Bergen County Agricultural Association and used for county fairs, horse racing, later automobile racing and…

This is a transcription of an interview with Mr. Carpenter. Carpenter moved to Ho-Ho-Kus in 1916. He was being interviewed on the history of Ho-Ho-Kus during the 1900's. In this section, Carpenter mentions the Miniature Golf Course that was once…

In this photo you see the corner of a street. The lawn that you see is said to be the miniature golf course that once existed in the area that is present-day downtown Ho-Ho-Kus. The Miniature Golf Course operated between 1890 and 1901. The nearby…

The Ho-Ho-Kus Inn was originally owned by J.J. Zabriskie. Historians believe portions of the building were constructed before the Revolutionary War. The Inn has been open since 1790 as a bed and breakfast and is currently a five-star restaurant. …

This is a photograph from one of the many automobile races held at the Ho-Ho-Kus Racetrack. The Track started racing automobiles in 1912. Races had become an attraction for the communities surrounding Ho-Ho-Kus and the track was the location for…

This photograph depicts one of the horse races at the Ho-Ho-Kus Racetrack; the Grand Stand and Clubhouse for the Ho-Ho-Kus Driving Club are shown on the perimeter of the track. The Racetrack featured horse races from the time it was built in the…

In Arab Scene, Weeks used a remarkable skill for rendering scenes from classical antiquity by using subtle details. Weeks’s focus in Arab Scene was the daily life of his travels to Morocco. Weeks’s concentration on everyday life was…

Van Elten's technique reflected the composed quality of Dutch compositions with the brilliant light and color of the Hudson River School, mixing traditional elements with a more contemporary style. Summer landscape with lake, cattle and figures is…

A Rocky Coast (1867) is characteristic of Richards’s ability to work with watercolors and oil to create a compelling view of gentle rolling waves. The sunlight that touches the waves gives a sense of liveliness to the painting.

Metcalf’s landscapes were traditional renditions of peasant scenes, in the manner of Jean Millet (1814 – 1875). These works were characterized by visible, rapid brushstrokes which brought lightness to the composition. Moroccan Street…

Sir Benjamin William Leader, like his contemporaries of the Hudson River School in America, created many open-air landscape paintings. After a traveling expedition to Scotland and Wales, Leader began depicting mountain and river scenes. Wooded…

Hill’s work was often driven by a vision resulting from his experiences with nature. Mountain and Waterfall along with much of Hill’s artwork, embodies the sublime character of the nineteenth-century American West and has become iconic of…

The romanticism of the American landscape came with manifest destiny. Manifest destiny began with the purpose to redeem and remake the world in the image of America. Moonlight Scene at the Coast is representative of this movement and it highlights…

Marshland with figures clamming is representative of the “en plein air” (or in the open air) painting tradition. “En plein air” was characteristic of working in natural light and it became particularly important to the…

This is the former Hamilton Club location at Ellison and Church Streets in Paterson, 2013. The building is now used as the Poetry Center for Passaic County Community College and houses the college's art collection. It is also the home of the the…

The Hamilton Club was an exclusive gentlemen's club, co-founded by Vice President Garret Hobart in 1890. The building, an Italian Renaissance revival palazzo, was erected in 1897, severely damaged by the Great Fire of 1902, then completely restored…

The Rivoli Theater on Main Street in Paterson was severely damaged by a fire in 1972, that started in the store next door. According to the Paterson Fire Journal Blogspot: The Paterson Fire Department placed its first Snorkel in service in 1964. The…

The Rivoli Theatre located at 126-134 Main Street. It was built in 1923. It was converted into stores after going out of business and burned down in 1972.

This is a group portrait of the Hungarian Band which was organized in 1918. The band conductor at the time of the photograph was Stephen Bendes, who was brought over from Perth Amboy to direct the band. In his book, "The Story of an Immigrant Group…

This sash was worn by members of the Hungarian Men's Association members in Franklin New Jersey. The sash can be seen depicted in a 1932 group portrait of the group sited above.

This group photograph shows students and the teacher of the Hungarian School in Franklin Township. Much like the modern "Sunday School," Hungarian-American children would attend Hungarian School one day on the weekend where they would study the…

This photograph card depicts a Hungarian family taken at a studio in Debrecen, Hungary. The back of the photograph states that photographs can be ready in 5 minutes. The photographer is listed as Gyula Buchsbaum.

The image shows the boardwalk of Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1922. Advertisers started to promote and market their products on the boardwalk to increase popularity of their brand and products. The main advertiser displayed in this image is an…

The "The Moon Shines on the Moonshine" was originally recorded on April 16, 1920, as a male vocal solo with orchestra, focusing on the start of the prohibition era. Please see the full lyrics below.

[verse 1]
"The Mahogany is dusty,
All the…

The "Alcoholic Blues" was originally recorded on January 27, 1919, as a comic song with orchestra, focusing on the start of the prohibition era. Please see the full lyrics below.

"I love my country, 'deed I do
But oh, that war has made me blue
I…

This photograph depicts the wedding of Joseph Szabo and Ethel Pope (Papp). Joseph Szabo seems to have been a prominent member of the Hungarian-American community of Franklin (more information to come). Of note here is the fact that while…

This group photograph shows students and the teacher of the Hungarian School in Franklin Township. Much like the modern "Sunday School," Hungarian-American children would attend Hungarian School one day on the weekend where they would study the…

The two dolls are dressed in the traditional Hungarian peasant costume. These dolls offer a wonderful glimpse into the type of design and pattern-work that is found across a wide range of Hungarian textiles. From the flower-print dress, to the…
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