On the occasion of the Hahne & Company 53rd anniversary in 1911 they published a booklet touting their store located at 609-625 Broad Street. Founded in 1858 as the Newark Bird Store, the store had evolved into what was arguably Newark’s preeminent store.The building, which had already stood for a decade, was without equal when it came to merchandise, services offered and the design features of the structure.
The building generated its own electric with a power plant in the basement. The entire structure was outfitted with sprinklers. There was a restaurant, in the basement, the counter seated 60 and the dining room seated 400. They boasted that they had served as many as 3,200 meals in a day. They manufactured ice cream, candy , made curtains and could weave 2000 yards of carpet a day ! Their boiler room burned 30 tons of coal daily.
I have included select pages from the booklet in this blog post.
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Greetings, I have the good fortune of working in the reopened Hahne’s building in Newark, NJ. Would it be possible to see more of this book? thank you so much for your thoughts.
I can meet you at the atrium this Saturday. Let me know if that works.
John, I’ve just revisited your webpage and see that you’d replied promptly to my inquiry. I’m so sorry to have missed it and for my late reply. This book is wonderful, I hope we can meet up sometime after this time period has passed? All the Best, Nick
I’ll be happy to meet when this plague is over.
Thanks John. love your collection. looking forward! Be well.