Vintage photos from the collection of Elizabeth Bergus

Elizabeth Bergus and her mother, early 1940's. Standing on the middle of Tecumseh. In the background you can see Carothers (Harvey's Corner) and the old country store.

Elizabeth & her brother, also early 1940's. They are in the lot next to their home. Again you can see the country store in the background, along with one of the concrete homes built by Gilbert S. Smith.

Another photo from the early 1940's, this one has Elizabeth's father Dr. I.S. Ravdin.


The Ravdin home was built in 1905, by Gilbert S. Smith, who also built 3 other homes in Strathmere. This photo shows the home how it looked when it was first built. Note the pillars and awning on the right side, they were later removed.
The home was bought by Dr. Ravdin around 1915.

This is an early letterhead, featuring a picture of the house. Here it is called the 'California Bungalow' referring to the style of the bungalow, which was popular during the early 1900's.

The Ravdin House from the 1930's.

The Ravdin House in the early 1940's.

This photo was taken about 1929-30. It is Elizabeth Ravdin Bergus on the right, and Elizabeth Troemner Disher on the left. These lifelong friends were about 2 or 3 years old when this photo was taken. They are walking along Tecumseh, near the Radvin house. The Troemners lived across the street.

The photos below also came from Mrs. Bergus. The homes were all built in the early 1900's. Look closely at the details and styles of these homes. They are great examples of the types of homes built during that time. Classic Victorian architecture, and 'modern' bungalows. They don't build houses like these anymore.

The 3 following homes were built by Gilbert S. Smith, in the early 1900's.
All 3 are concrete with tile details on the outside.

This house still stands on Tecumseh

This house used to stand beach front on the end of Sumner

This house was once known as the 'Williams Cottage' and it use to stand beachfront on the end of Sherman. It was destroyed in a storm in the late 1930s.

Above are 2 views of a beach front home on Sherman. It was orignally owned by Francis Goodhue, then later owned by Mrs. Price.


This house was once known as 'Thompson's Brown Bungalow'

This house still stands on Vincent. You can see the Winter's cottage in the background


The 'Erbe Cottage' This house once stood beachfront at the end of Vincent. It was moved to Webster (minus the lower floor) after the 1944 huricane

Two views of The 'Lippincott Cottage' It still stands on Webster.

Street view - I believe this is Webster, looking towards the beach.

Once known as 'C.B. Winters House' This house stood beachfront at the end of Webster. The house was destroyed in the hurricane in 1944.

The name on the back of the photo is 'Speakman Bungalow' It looks like it stood on Whittier or Webster. You can see the Whelen/Deauville in the background of the photo. It still stands.

I have no idea where this house stood. It looks like it's out in the middle of nowhere. You can see just 1 house in the background - I don't recognize that one either. I imagine it stood near the beach.

The old country store. Built in 1909-10 by the McCulloughs. This photo looks like it was taken in the late Teens or 20's. The name on the sign is 'Strathmere Inn' It was the country store and post office.
The building is a private home today. It is on the corner of Tecumseh & Commonwealth.2

Built by James Carothers in the early 1900's. It was ran as a boarding house or bed & breakfast. It was owned by the Carothers family until the mid 40's. It was later known as Harvey's Corner in the 60's. It is now a private home.

This was originally a home on the corner of Commonwealth & Sherman. It later became the post office and housed the Strathmere Building & Loan offices, and Strathmere real estate office, both run by the McCulloughs.
After it was sold by the family in the 1950's, it was remodeled, and became the Strathmere Motel.

Known as the 'Stackhouse House' It once stood beachfront on the end of Sherman. In the photo on the left you can see the back of the concrete home that was destroyed in the hurricane of 1944.

This sailor is Varnell Gentle. He is standing in front of the post office when it was in the house next to the church. The photo was taken around 1942. Servicemen were stationed in Strathmere during the war and patroled the beaches.

Below are 2 photos of the Whelen Hotel (later the Deauville) I believe the photos were taken in the Teens to 1920's. You can see our house on Winthrop way over in the corner of one photo. Notice the porch is screened in on the corner.

This picture has 'Gable' written on the back. I'm guessing that was the name of the owners at one time. This is a bayfront home, it was a few houses down from the Whelen.

Another bayfront cottage. Looks like Mother is on the front porch, while the kids run out the back door! Look at the outhouse down near the water, that's got to be cold in the morning!

Two views of the same home - 'W.A.P. Thompson's Bay Front Cottage' This family appeared to have owned several properties in Strathmere. They originally owned the land that was sold to the church to build on, in the 1920's. Block#3 - Lot#1

Two more bayfront homes. The picture on the right is a back view of the larger house. Both were built by George Erbe, both are now gone.

Built by Ed Andress in the 1920s. The house stood on the bay, between Vincent & Webster. It was rebuilt after a fire.

This bayfront building looks like some sort of business. It has lots of lumber stacked around. There are men out on the pier, an official-looking guy is waving to someone on the water.

'Johnson's Bay Front Bungalow' You can see the house from above in the background on the left. You can also see the old water tower to the right of the house.

This is a postcard size image that has 'Proposed Esplanade at Strathmere NJ W.B.S. 1911' It is a copy of a rough drawing of the plans.

This was enlarged from a tiny little photo. It shows a Coast Guard boat tied at a pier in the bay. The boat had come from Florida, and was headed to New York. Dated Summer 1942. In the background of the photo, you can see the original car bridge that came across the middle of the bay, in between the 2 train lines.

Most of the photos of the homes appear to have been taken in the Teens to early 1920's, except where as noted.

All photos Copyright Elizabeth Bergus, Do not copy or reproduce.

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