Hague era artifact available at Jersey City Free Books!

For over fifty years, Nick Baffa sold the graphic weapons for Jersey City Politics to all sides!

Back in the late-90s, Anthony Olszewski rented a Downtown Jersey City building that for many years had been the location of the political promotions business of Nick Baffa. For over half a century, Baffa had sold buttons, posters, bumper stickers and other graphic weapons to all sides. As might be expected, Nick Baffa was originally a registered Democrat, but he “converted” to Republican at the request of none other than Frank Hague himself.

The structure barely held (overflowing as it were into a series of collapsing sheds in the backyard) a century of hoarded items. Amidst the debris, like flakes of gold nearly hidden by gravel, were examples of the marketing from many of the political campaigns of the Hague and then Kenny machines. The collection contained a case of original, but not mailed Jersey City Garden post cards.

In A Cycle of Power, The Career of Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague, Richard J. Connors, described how John V. Kenny’s anti-Hague organization only was able to rent a single hall for events:
“Kenny also tried, with little success, to line up meeting halls for the spring. He usually found that they were “all booked up” — John Malone had seen to that! A supporter did manage to sign a contract for one hall, the Jersey City Gardens, Saturday nights from January through May.”

For a limited time, these rare printed items are available without cost at Jersey City Free Books, 297 Griffith St. One per person, please do bring an envelope for these delicate actual relics of Jersey City history.

Jersey City Garden Post Card, original, not mailed

Jersey City Garden Postcard – Higher Definition Image Front

Jersey City Garden Postcard – Higher Definition Image Back

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Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established PETCRAFT.com in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa.

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