I don't know where you lived or when. I lived in East Orange in the Forties. My mother and her whole family was born there. My Grandfather used to be a Police officer there. I don't remember him. He died the year before I was born. My grandparents were Irish immigrants. We lived on Shepard Avenue between Elmwood Avenue and Central. My Uncle worked in the Red Tower on Central Avenue. One of my my cousins worked as the manager of the Acme or Safeway, maybe an A&P, anyway, it was one of the first Super Markets. My uncle Ed and his family lived a few blocks away on Nassau Place, near the Nassau School.
I remember going to the movies during the war and seeing newsreels of Gen. Eisenhower reviewing the troupes. There was a place on Central Avenue near the hospital (where I was born) called Ziggy's. It became a Howard Johnson's. We went to Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church on Elmwood Avenue. I also went to the church school, also on Elmwood Avenue. I remember Elmwood Park. There was also a Presbyterian Church on the corner. I went there with Bobby Ball a couple of times. I remember our neighbors, the Slattery's, the Dombrowski's the Knapps, the Balls, the Topars. Georgie Harrison was a neighbor and a photographer. I still have a photo Georgie look of me in Elmwood Park. I'm all blond curls with a dirty face (tomboy) and wearing a pinafore.
You could go to the movies (The Hollywood) on Central Avenue, and see two features, cartoons, a newsreel and maybe a serial, like "The Scorpion" all for a quarter. Some times we would walk on Oraton Parkway to Newark (Vailsburg) to the Mayfair or the Stanley. before TV, we all listen to the radio. There would be serials on like "Sky King", "The Green Hornet", "The Lone Ranger" and "Superman". The most famous was "The Shadow". I liked "Ozzie and Harriet", but my favorite mystery was "Mr. Keene Tracer of Lost Persons", all of these shows relied on sound effects to make them sound authentic. I'm just thinking of a lot more shows. But I won't go on. We played kick the can, hide and seek, giant steps, may I, jump rope, roller skated, and if it rained in the summer, went out side in our bathing suits. I remember marching down the street celebrating V_E (victory in Europe) day banging pots and pans. I also remember the ice man, the ragman (horse and wagon), and the lamplighter who carried a ladder to climb up and light the gas lamps.