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At Tiers Pond, Plainfield, N.J.
Postmark 1917.

This colorized photograph postcard published by Line & Company in Elizabeth, shows Plainfield's famous Tier's Pond. Tier’s Pond was known for winter skating and summer swimming, boating, and fishing. Formerly Boice’s Pond, it was created around 1853 by Phineas M. French who built a dam across the Green Brook. The pond was also the source of blocks of ice for refrigeration. An icehouse was constructed on the pond about 14 years later for the sale of ice. John Tier, Sr., who had been making ice cream in his own home since 1859, built a pavilion in the 1870s that operated in connection with the icehouse. The (Plainfield) Daily Press reported that Tier was the first person to “peddle” ice and sell ice cream in Plainfield and that Tier’s cream had become famous throughout the country.

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Postcard ID: R84 - Part of the Ricketts Postcard Collection


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