ELIZABETH-Memories from Melvin Baker: “When I was growing up, the main post office in Elizabeth on Broad Street used to put a mailbox on the front lawn for kids to send their letters to the North Pole for Santa Claus.
“It wasn’t until I started working for the post office that I found out that the letters were read by the postage due clerk and I’m not really sure, but I believe some of the letters wound up in the Elizabeth Daily Journal before Christmas.
“Christmas shopping around Broad Street was fascinating with all the people and lights. Someone would always be selling hot chestnuts on the street.
“Also, Santa was on Broad Street with their buckets for donations to the Salvation Army.”
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