Postcard, "New Jersey Turnpike winding its way through
Coronet Greeting Card Co., Elizabeth, New Jersey
Collections of The New Jersey Historical Society
"Progress" has its consequences. If you look
at this postcard, it's easy to see what happened to Elizabeth: the Turnpike
Authority won out, and the road cut a wide swath through a residential
area of the city. What you don't see are the individual lives that were
affected by the move. Chances are, the people who were displaced from
their homes did not see the Turnpike as "progress." Witness this account
from the January 29, 1950, issue of the Newark Evening News: "Mrs.
Margaret Rehberger, a widow with eight children, who owns a seven-room
frame house at 141 Fourth Street, is philosophical like others in the
road's path. She remembers hearing as a child the story of a family friend
who lost her home when the Brooklyn Bridge was built. 'Now we're the ones
swept away with the tide,' she said."