2014-01-17 / Community

Broad Channel Back Then

By Dan Guarino


Lil Kass and Jack Hartell, Queen and King of the BC Mardi Gras, pose for this 1950’s photo. Lil Kass and Jack Hartell, Queen and King of the BC Mardi Gras, pose for this 1950’s photo. Long time resident Muriel Berry Stemmann is known for her large collection of pictures and clippings and Broad Channel memories.

Recently she shared these vintage Channel photos with The Wave.

Some names, dates and notes on the back were a little blurry in places, so we’d be happy to hear from anyone who can fill in the blanks.



Frankie Morrow gets his skates on and poses with what looks like a 1930’s Ford Model A on a frozen Jamaica Bay in 1941. All Photos courtesy of Muriel Berry Stemmann. Frankie Morrow gets his skates on and poses with what looks like a 1930’s Ford Model A on a frozen Jamaica Bay in 1941. All Photos courtesy of Muriel Berry Stemmann.

Jacky Jessup stands high and dry after the storm. Jacky Jessup stands high and dry after the storm.

Left to right, Jean Schroeder, Alice Goetke, Muriel Berry and Norma Philips show off their dolls as Billy Mundy looks on. The year is a little unclear. Left to right, Jean Schroeder, Alice Goetke, Muriel Berry and Norma Philips show off their dolls as Billy Mundy looks on. The year is a little unclear.

Long before Sandy came around, the last hurricane in Broad Channel memory was in 1939. Long before Sandy came around, the last hurricane in Broad Channel memory was in 1939.

Though many people forget it’s an island, Broad Channel people are never far from the water. Seems like some things haven’t changed much since this photo, marked 1940, was taken. Though many people forget it’s an island, Broad Channel people are never far from the water. Seems like some things haven’t changed much since this photo, marked 1940, was taken.

Cruising the canal on West 14th Road. Cruising the canal on West 14th Road.

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