Given that I have a website that focuses on Long Branch (in Toronto not New Jersey), I sometimes get phone calls from across the United States asking me to help track down historical details related to Long Branch (in New Jersey not Toronto).
People find the Preserved Stories website through Google searches for Long Branch.
Usually it takes a few moments of conversation before it dawns on each of us that we need to distinguish between the two Long Branches.
That is, my focus is on Long Branch, Toronto in Canada, and there’s also a Long Branch in New Jersey in the United States.
I’ve also had great discussions about Long Branch on Facebook. Again, in those conversations it took us a while to figure out that each of us was thinking at first of a different Long Branch.
Over the years, I’ve been learning about both Long Branches.
Tommy Reed’s Bike Store/Candy Store
Today I spoke with Bob Egan of PopSpots.
As Bob Egan’s website notes, “PopSpots is a website about those places, primarily in New York City, where interesting events in the history of Pop Culture took place; like album cover shots, places where movies and tv shows were filmed, and sites on which paintings were based.”
Bob phoned me to ask if I could help locate historical information about a small cottage that appears on a photo on the back cover of the 1973 Bruce Springsteen album, The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle.
The photo features a picture of the band in front of a small cottage where a bicycle store/candy shop owned by Tommy Reeds was located at the time.
The location of the store was Sairs Street north of Brighton and south of West End. The store/candy shop stood where the parking lot of the West Elementary School is now located.
Do you have information about Tommy Reeds’ store?
If you do, please contact me through the Preserved Stories Website or through my Facebook page (Jaan Hendrik Pill). Or please contact Bob Egan directly through his website.