BELMAR, NJ — Receipts from businesses dating back 140 years were recently rescued by Belmar Borough Clerk April Claudio before they ended up in the trash. And the Belmar Historical Society is thanking her for the discovery — the makings of its latest exhibit at the Belmar Municipal Building, 601 Main Street.
“The Businesses That Built Belmar” features handwritten receipts from the 1880s for services rendered by plumbers, carpenters and masons in a new town under development. But there were some not-too-familiar names in the stack of receipts as well, including lamplighters and those providing horse-shoeing and livery services.
In fact, since traveling by horse was the most common method of transportation at the time, many occupations centered around the horse and buggy, according to the BHS.
The exhibit, designed by BHS Archives Committee members Karen Heulitt and Naomi Reissner, also includes photos from that era.
When Claudio found the receipts in a storage box at the municipal building, she realized their historical importance and notified the all-volunteer, nonprofit society.
“The BHS is very grateful to Mrs. Claudio for realizing the importance of her discovery and rescuing the old receipts that offer a fascinating glimpse into life in Belmar in the 1880s,” said BHS President Spencer Heulitt. “The BHS is always pleased to accept donations that add to the rich history of Belmar.”
About the Belmar Historical Society
The BHS museum, located at 900 E Street in the annex of the Union Firehouse, is open to the public every Monday from 2 to 4 p.m., every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon, and the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m., or by appointment.
In addition to offering museum tours and conducting research to further its mission to save and preserve Belmar’s history, BHS welcomes the public to joins its ranks, attend free Belmar history classes and learn to serve as a docent to give tours.
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