This weekend while out and about we noticed a new tenant at the former Disbrow’s Market/Clancy’s Video building on Beachwood Boulevard, and so wanted to share a bit of its past.
Though we don’t have any photos of when it was the neighborhood video store in the late 1980s-1990s (if you do, please share!), enjoy a couple snapshots courtesy Joan Disbrow Morris from in and around 1947 when it was owned and operated by her father, George Disbrow, as Disbrow’s Market (it closed September 17th, 1988).
Today being Pearl Harbor Day, we post this image showing one of the collections of photographs depicting Beachwood men who served during World War II. These photo boards, comprised of individual photos contributed by residents and their families of the era, hung in the windows of the Beachwood Circle Shop – currently site of the CVS Pharmacy franchise – during the war.
The photos were then set aside and lost or forgotten about for about three decades until rediscovered in the mid-1970s. Most of the photos have since been digitized and a future project will be to catalog, identify and build family information about each service member.
Shortly after posting the image of the train depot from around 1960, before it was demolished in 1962, longtime former borough police chief, John Moody, wrote in with this memory:
“Not only did the train depot serve as a train station it also housed the post office, even after the trains stopped running. I liked going there to mail post cards, when you walked inside it was like stepping back in time. It also had a distinct closed-up bungalow odor. My first memories would date back to the mid to late
As a result, we dove back into the file archive and pulled this picture taken in the 1940s-50s showing the opposite side of the depot, from Beachwood Boulevard, when it was also used as the post office. Photo courtesy the Joan Disbrow-Morris collection.
Note: We’ve never seen a picture of the interior, so if by chance anyone reading this has one for some reason or another, please write us at email@example.com.
No reprints permitted without explicit written permission by the Beachwood Historical Alliance.
From the Guy and Agnes McCormick collection, digitized by Steve Baeli of the Ocean County Compendium of History, http://www.ochistory.org