Cigar factory (1903-1950s)

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Comments (8)

Marilyn Whiteley on January 10, 2008

This United Cigar Company factory has become senior housing. The factory had many Hungarian workers, and the church beyond the factory is a Hungarian church.

Ainars M -2 on January 18, 2008

great looking church beyond! :)

Marilyn Whiteley on January 18, 2008

There was another interesting-looking Hungarian church farther down the street--but there wasn't time to take pictures of everything!

Ainars M -2 on January 23, 2008

Nice serie of buildings photos from this area!

If I live a little closer to New Jersey, I would come there back again. I then just choose sunny day again, when industrial colours and shadows play games again! :)

Marilyn Whiteley on January 23, 2008

And if I lived in your area, Ainars, I would beg to go with you to photograph old churches!

southerndata on May 22, 2008

In the 1960's this was a Pocketbook factory. I used to live across the street at Gowens, 233 Somerset, circa 1962-66. The church down the street is St. Marys where I where I went to church attended kindergarten. So long ago.

podunkfarm on May 20, 2010

This was,indeed, a cigar factory. I lived across the street at 208 Somerset, kitty-corner from the church which was not St. Mary's, but St. Ladislaus, on the corner of Plum St. The church a block further down, on the corner of Division St. was the Hungarian Reformed Church. My grandmother hand-rolled White Owl cigars in this factory during the depression. It later became the Equitable Handbag Corp. in the 60's, but cigars were still stored in a warehouse behind, where we would sneak in to play as kids. You could jump the fence from Harvey St. Park.

aldevsman14 on June 9, 2014


You lived at Gowen FH? I was an altar boy during the early 80s. Was there many times... Do you remember living there? wHAT WAS THAT LIKE? It is now the new (2006)Hungarian American Athletic Club. Gowen moved and merged with Crabiel on Livingston Avenue in 2005.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 10, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/01/07 14:40:17
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 4.68mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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