Saturday, August 20, 2011

Shopping Saturday ~ Buy a radio at Levitt's

Levitt's Electric Service, Woodbine, New Jersey

One of my favorite photographs from my husband's family collection is of Levitt's Electric Service storefront. Unfortunately, the quality is not so great. This is a scan of a photograph of a photograph. The writing at the bottom notes that the man at the left is Artis Baker; the man standing near the door is Eddie Levitt, and the man at the right is Morton Levitt. I'm guessing this is from the early 1930's.

Morton (b. 1904) and Edward (b. 1908) Levitt were the youngest two sons of Max and Golda (Segal) Levitt (my husband's great grandparents).

1930 Census - Israel Levitt's occupation
In the 1930 census, Edward is listed as Israel Levitt, with his parents, in Woodbine, New Jersey, as a Radio Salesman.

1930 U.S. Federal Census, Woodbine, Cape May County,
New Jersey; Roll: 1325; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 28;
Record for Morton Levitt.
Also in Woodbine, on Adams Avenue, is 25-year-old Morton Levitt, his wife Marion, and 3-year-old son, Sheldon. He owns his own home, worth $4,000. (Note the "R" next to the 4000 in the image at left - this indicates that his household owned a radio.)

1930 Census - Morton Levitt's occupation
His occupation is "Retail Merchant, Radio."

From page four of the December 31, 1926, Ocean City News (found at the Ocean City (NJ) Public Library online newspaper archives) come 28 Happy New Year advertisements, one of which is from Levitt's Electric Service.

Standing on the Threshold of a New Year,
We Wish to All of You That the Year
May Bring Nothing but Happiness, Health
and Prosperity.
Levitt's Electric Service
Woodbine                       New Jersey

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