The Way We Were
|Circa 1950||Louis J Gardella, Founder. 1905-1995
A rare photo to catch Lou sitting, for a staged pic, yet. He did recognize the value of good promotion even though he seemed to prefer manual labor.
A favorite, circa 1948 note the marine railway from long before that.
|Similar to another, circa 1948 , shows some Water St. Oyster houses, too. The REX building shown was formerly home to the Sealship Oyster Co.|
|Circa 1960; left to right: Bill Gardella, Sr; LJ Gardella, founder,||Another classic, circa 1948. Love those cars, too. The greatly enlarged restaurant became "The Pier" and was a local landmark until closed for building code non-compliance circa 1985- could not justify costs to bring it up to modern codes, for a seasonal restaurant.|
|Yes, that boat IS in a swimming pool , part of a boat show, at the pool club Lou built, circa 1960. He had the WOW factor even before family friend, Stew Leonard.||The old Elco "Sheila" in the photo, partial view, stern-to, was the Coe family boat. They would stay on her at Rex when they came up to visit family. This photo is circa 1960.|