Photo Exhibit Shows 1940s Maspeth
“We are very excited to host this exhibit. Maspeth is a community rich in history, and having people look back at these pictures is wonderful,” said David Daraio, Assistant Vice President of Maspeth Federal Savings.
The photos depict life in Maspeth before, during and after World War II. Photos of the opening of Maurice Park in 1940 taken by Stella Wolinski, grandmother of Christina Wilkinson, president of the Newtown Historical Society, are among those displayed.
“I am pleased to be able to share my grandmother’s unique photos of this historic Maspeth event. You can learn a lot about a neighborhood’s past by looking through personal photo collections,” Wilkinson said.
Many of the photos depict street scenes along Grand Avenue; prominently shown in these are the trolleys that used to travel along the road. Other photos focus on the stores that sustained the community through good times and bad. One subset reveals the interior of a cigar-and-candy store of the time.
This photo series is being presented in conjunction with Q Gardens Gallery, owned and operated by historian Ron Marzlock.The Newtown Historical Society will be presenting more photo exhibits, as well as slideshows, lectures and walking tours throughout the upcoming year. A walking tour of Maspeth is being planned for the fall, and upcoming slideshows will include topics such as the development of Western Queens neighborhoods, the story of the Newtown Pippin apple and the history of the Ridgewood Reservoir.
For more information about the Maspeth photo exhibit or to join the Newtown Historical Society, visit www.newtownhistorical.org or call 718-366-3715.