Remembering The Past: Olsen’s Radio Service

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-The following is from Diane Olsen Conover: ‘I recently came upon your article dated April 26, 2013 ‘Remembering The Past Around Union County.’ I was searching for information about Olsen’s Radio Service on Elizabeth Avenue.

“My father owned that business and I believe he opened in 1934 when he was 22 years old. I know that the construction of the Turnpike destroyed many of the buildings in that area. I’ve been reading some interesting articles about the Turnpike and how it ‘tore Elizabeth in half.’

“My father eventually moved to Brooklyn when he married my mother and opened Olsen’s Television & Radio Service in Bay Ridge. Later he secured a job with the government as an electrical engineer and we moved back to New Jersey. His store in Brooklyn is also gone now.”

“Do you know if there are any photos of Elizabeth Avenue when my father’s business was there?”

Pictured is an old postcard of Olsen's Radio Service in Elizabeth. (Courtesy of Diane Olsen Conover)

Pictured is an old postcard of Olsen’s Radio Service in Elizabeth. (Courtesy of Diane Olsen Conover)

If anyone has photos or information of the area mentioned from this time or memories of the business, please share for me to pass on and to use in my column!

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


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