Remembering Hillside’s Past

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

HILLSIDE-After reading my April 26 column, Lorna Bechtler sent me the following: “My mother, Edith Burns, worked in Jack & Loretta’s Salon on No. Broad St from around 1934 to 1939. It was Depression time and people were happy to have jobs.

“Every three months I would go there with my mother while she got her hair done and a perm. It was a magical experience!

“It was a beautiful salon, all white with white gilded outside. When you walked in, you were greeted by Loretta. She was the only one who did not wear a uniform. The women beauticians wore white uniforms and white shoes. The men wore white jackets with a breast pocket that held their combs and scissors. All the beauticians had a beautifully displayed embroidered handkerchief in their jacket pocket.

“I remember the perm machine that had wires coming down from it. There was also a lady employed there who would go around asking if customers if they wanted coffee, tea, water or a magazine to make sure everyone felt comfortable.

“On the way home we would stop at White Castle, which I believe was in Elizabeth, and bring our food home to eat.”

If anyone has a photo of this salon to pass on to my contributor and to be used in my column, please email me at or send a copy to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ 07201

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