Remembering The Past: Christmas Memories

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

PERTH AMBOY-Thomas Saboy remembers when Fishkin Brothers was on Smith Street. before moving to Madison Avenue. The windows and the basement had extensive Lionel train layouts at Christmas.

WOODBRIDGE-Ed Wilson remembers when Dooley’s House of Toys had Santa at their store as well as live Christmas trees out front for sale.

Dooley’s was located on St. Georges Avenue in front of where the Woodbridge High School is now, perhaps a little further out 35, but before the shopping center on the left, where Betucci’s now stands.

At Christmas time in 1954, Dooley’s was selling finger paint sets for 79 cents, a real uke was on sale for $1.49, a rocking pony for $3.95, bingo game was 88 cents, doll trunks sold for $3.95 and a 3-speed record player was $17.77.

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your past material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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