Charles P. Bird & His Carriage

Today’s photo shows Charles Pitman Bird (1856-1933) and his father John Watson Bird (1825-1902) checking out a new carriage around 1901 near Minebrook Road in Liberty Corner, NJ .

The carriage was purchased from the Ballantine & Van Fleet Carriage Mfg. Co. of Somerville for $40 (see receipt). Ballantine & Van Fleet operated at 200-210 West Main Street in Somerville as early as 1891. The company was dissolved in 1904.

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W. B. Parker, comp. The Towns of Somerville and Raritan, 1891.