The Bellmawr Park Housing division was originally developed by the US Government as a means to house the defense workers needed to build ships in nearby Camden. Because of the uncertainty of how long people would be there working, the units were built small. According to wikipedia, eight of these communities were built in the short 2 year project... and the all turned into private ownership, with the Bellmawr location converting last in 1952.
Here are series of amazing photographs taken around October 1942, around the opening of Bellmawr Park, which at the time featured a day care center!
I've known about these pictures for several years. Never posted because my intent was to take the "today" pictures and match them up.. but I haven't gotten around to it and I feel motivated today.
The pictures are in the Library of Congress website, taken by two photographers Gottscho-Schleisner, who took 29,000 architectural images throughout the northeast.
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There are a few other interesting photos and data in the website, which I hope to highlight over the weekend.
And if the weather holds out this weekend... I'll be out in the park taking the "new" version of these same photos. One Willow Place... be sure to tidy up cause I'll be knocking on your door!
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