Old Hopkins Tavern
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#1 Apr 27, 2009
I think the location of this West-side pic is
where Bridge Street intersects with
Railroad/Main Street; if that's the case,
on the left is the "Esso" gas station, first
operated by Herbie Edwards. After WW II, John
Dukeman Sr. operated it. Mr. Dukeman stationed
in England during WW II, brought home his "war
bride," Jane. They lived on Water Blvd, just
a half-block away. They had three children.
John Jr. owns the business, now, which has
been converted to a beer distributorship.
The home across the street or maybe the one
behind it, is the location, according to Glenn
Tunney's column # 103, where Don Edwards made
his debute. Perhaps his Father, Jack Edwards,
and Herbie Edwards were brothers ?
Now, does anyone out there remember when gas
prices were 28 - 31 cents/gallon ?
If so, then that would be when this photo was
#2 Apr 27, 2009
gasoline like women's skirts went up and down over the years. Also the location of the station and the taxes affect the price. I was paying 28 cents a gallon for gasoline in Cleveland in the late 1960s early 1970s before the OPEC oil embargo that occured in 1974.
You are correct about the location of that tavern. Directly in front of the Intercounty Bridge. Next to it was the Potter-McCunn Wholesale Supply Co. Next to the gas station was a very popular diner with parking. Can't be sure of the exact name although I was in it many times.
Something like Jack and Chunks?
#3 Apr 28, 2009
Was that diner, "The Kozy Nook,"
#4 Apr 28, 2009
I haven't thought about that for years ...
the very place where I learned to play
pinball ... ha, ha, ha !
#5 Apr 28, 2009
I never knew the place by that name. It could have changed hands. I knew the place in the late 1940s when Rt 40 was still the major road across the USA and the traffic passed right thru Bville and over that bridge.
I have always said that I was the best pinball machine player in Brownsville. I often played all day for a nickel and passed the games to friends. I often ran the games up to the limit. I could shake the legs right off those machines and rarely tilt. Inertia is the key. People were amazed at how I could manhandle those machines and all they had to do was bump it and "tilt".
#6 Apr 30, 2009
My ... it is windy in here.
Hurricane Harry must have hit land.
#7 May 6, 2009
1947 was the golden age of pinball machines. Gottlieb Mfg Co of Chicago introduced flippers and the first machine was Humpty Dumpty. It was possible to control the action to some extent.
This was followed by Gottlieb machines called Lady Robin Hood, Old King Cole and Cinderella.
Other manufactures such as Williams introduced flippers to their game boards. You can find a history of pinball games online. You can buy these old restored machines for your game room.
The old pinball machines awarded games and some of the awards ran to a high number of free games. The machine at the skating rink ran to 82 free games. Some places like Casper's Poolroom under the Plaza Theater would cash in these games for 5 cents each. That was illegal gambling but unenforced.
Nowadays, the machines award free balls but no free games. They have one ball that is used over and over. All of the Gottlieb machines had a 20 game limit but I think that could be set.
Pinball is like the game of life. You can bounce around all over the world and if you are skilled you can play a long time, make a lot of noise and rack up a big score, but in the end it all goes down the drain.
#8 May 7, 2009
Once upon a time, there was
the "Lady Robin Hood ... "
but, that's, just, one of the
stories 'bout our "hood !"
#9 Jan 4, 2010
Hey, this was my corner of the world growing up. I lived afew houses down fron the corner of Railroad & Bridge. Went to that diner for ice craam cones in summer and I went swimming everyday in the summer in the river. Photos are wonderful. Thank you,Harry.
#10 Jan 4, 2010
This site is better than classmates.com
Thanks to all for photos and postings
#11 Aug 3, 2010
I just discovered this website and I luv it.
The restaurant was Jack n Chunks. I was kinda young to remember to much about it. That was to the right of the gas station. Then later on came The Kozy Nook. That was on the right side and the post office was across the street.(Now this is coming off the bridge.) Use to hang out there on the way home from school. We use to play the pin ball machines, and drink Vanilla Coke.
Those were the good ole days.
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