Danbury and the late Great Danbury State Fair https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/ Danbury and the late Great Danbury State Fair Greenwood Ave Rest, Bethel CT My Dad, Camp, ran a small cafe called the Greenwood Rest on Greenwood Ave, in Bethel, CT, not far from the border with Danbury. It was located on corner of Greenwood Ave and Diamond Ave, next to what is now American Pride store and Bethel Music Center today. This photo was taken around 1944-1945. I love this photo of my father, all of 20 years old, cigarette dangling from his mouth. I don't remember seeing him smoke. He quit when I was around 3 or 4yrs old and became a fervent anti-smoker after that. Not sure how long the restaurant was in existence. Copyright: Marc Catone, 2013 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=174780642 174780642 N & B Dress Factory, Bethel CT This building housed the "N & B Dress Factory", located on Taylor Avenue in Bethel CT. It was owned by my grandfather, Jack Nacman, in the 1940s & 1950s. I remember running around in there when I was around 5 or 6 yrs. old. The building has been many different businesses since Grandpa Jack's factory. This photo taken in October 2013 (that's me standing in front of the building). copyright: Marc Catone, 2013 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185597295 185597295 Dad, Me, and dog This photo was taken when I was 1 yr old. My father is showing me a neighborhood dog. This was on Eighth Ave in Danbury, the first street I lived on as a child. For a brief time, my father, Camp, owned a dairy store on South Street in Danbury. That was his truck behind us.---copyright Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=107842323 107842323 Father and Son at Fair Earliest photo of me at the Fair on the Merry-go-Round. My father, Campbell D. Catone (Camp), standing behind me. I must have been around 3 years old(circa 1953). Dad was around age 30... he still had a tan from working in the summer sun as a stone mason.---copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=106595408 106595408 Dad and Marc at Fair circa 1953 Dad holding me as I sit on a huge tire on army equipment at the late Great Danbury State Fair circa 1953. Copyright: Marc Catone 2011 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=133709488 133709488 Catone kids and Snowman My sister, Sara, and I standing in front of Frosty the Snowman at the Danbury Fair, circa late 50s.---copyright:Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=106595404 106595404 Catone kids on train My sister, Sara, and I on an old train with a couple of train cars attached. It was called the "Daniel Nason", and was located outside the section of the Fair called "Gold Town", a replica of a town from the Old West. Photo from late 1950s.---copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=106595402 106595402 Gold Town Danbury Fair late 50s This is me standing in front of the stage coach in the Old West part of the Danbury Fair known as "Gold Town". Late 1950s https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=170164394 170164394 Kid Trapped in Bottle at Fair Unfortunately, this photo is in black-and-white, but the bottle was a very bright shade of orange. I climbed in the back and asked my mother to take a photo of me in it. Late 1950s.---copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=106595407 106595407 Catone kids & Santa at the Danbury Fair This photo taken at the 1959 Danbury State Fair. I was 9 yrs old. My sister, Sara, was 7. Posing in front of Santa, near the Grandstand. copyright 2011 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201455111 201455111 Mom and Sara at Danbury Fair My mother, Martha, and my sister, Sara, at the Danbury Fair in the late 1950s. I must have taken the photo. All our jackets are on the bench next to Mom. One never knew how warm or cold it might get at the Fair set in early October. Copyright: Marc Catone 2011 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=133709489 133709489 Catone kids in front of Humpty Dumpty There were many Fairy Tale characters brought to life at the Fair. This photo taken in 1961.---copyright: Marc Catone 2010, Copyright: Marc Catone 2011 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=106595403 106595403 Sara on Merry-go-Round at the Danbury Fair Sara was about 9 in this photo, in 1961.---copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=106595409 106595409 Sara and Marc at the Dutch Village Catone kids in the Dutch Village section of the late Great Danbury State Fair in 1961. Copyright: Marc Catone 2011 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=133709490 133709490 Farmer John Giant statue of farmer near the Big Top and back of Grand Stand/ Racearena of the Danbury Fair. If kids got lost or separated from their parents, they were instructed to go there, and their parents would come find them. https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=106595405 106595405 Queen of the Fair I've been looking for this photo for years...finally found it. Taken at the Fair in 1974 while the reigning Queen of the Fair was elsewhere. Yes, that's me in the photo. I sat on her throne and a friend took the photo. Sadly, it was the last time I visited the Fair. A month later, I moved to Arizona, was there for three years, and then moved again. Never had chance to go to the Fair again...but at least I was "Queen for A Day." copyright: Marc Catone, 2016 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202274381 202274381 Freddie's Country Kitchen One of the few full scale "sit down" restaurants at the Fair. It was owned by my neighbor, Fred Najamy. The breakfast portion of the restaurant was run in the early 1970s by his daughter, and my good friend, Gilberte Najamy. In 1972, I worked for Fred and Gilberte in the breakfast tent. It was an experience I will never forget, being at the Fair for ten consecutive days. Damn hard work too. https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=106595406 106595406 Danbury Fair Ticket Booth This was one of the Danbury Fair ticket booths owned by Danbury Fair enthusiast, Walter Dunlap. Read about my memories of the Danbury Fair and Walter Dunlap in the Danbury Fair section of this website. https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=157006862 157006862 Danbury Fair tickets Admission tickets to the Danbury State Fair from the late 50s. These are not the special "Fair Day" tickets given to each Danbury school student as a free pass on the Friday of Fair week. I'd love to see one of those, but who would have kept one, and not used it to get into the Fair? https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=108381096 108381096 1981 Danbury State Fair program This is the cover of the 1981 Danbury State Fair program...the last year of the Fair's run. https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=108381095 108381095 Johnny Jellybean Bill Britten and D J Faye were Johnny Jellybean and Penelope the Rabbit, respectively, on the "Time For Fun" kids show on WABC-TV in New York during the late 1950s. It was a very popular show. My sister, Sara, and I watched it all the time. The photo here is that of a card given out when Johnny and Penelope made personal appearances. They came to my hometown of Danbury circa 1957, appearing at the Palace Theater. We were in attendance, and I've kept the card all these years. Autograph on card was mass-produced, not individually signed. copyright: Marc Catone 2012 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=168288641 168288641 Boy on a bike Riding my red Columbia bike near my house on Putnam Drive. Dad's old green Studebaker pickup truck in the background.---copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=107068391 107068391 Sara and her bike on Putnam drive 1962 or 1963. Sara on her bicycle in our driveway on Putnam Drive. My friend, Ken Stoorza's house across the street, over Sara's right shoulder. Good view of the Big Rock behind house at the top of the photo. See "Big Rock" photo in this album.---copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=107789122 107789122 Marc Catone and Jerry Lefebvre 1960 This photo was taken in front of my parents' green Plymouth Savoy in our driveway at Putnam Drive. Jerry was my best friend on Putnam Drive, and this was taken not long before he (sadly) moved away. See the article from the Danbury News-Times in the "Links" section about "Danbury in 1960", and the original unedited version in the "Danbury Fair" section of this website.---copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=107789121 107789121 Sara and Marc on back porch in Winter My guess is that I was around 11, and Sara was 9, so circa 1961. This was taken on the back porch of our house on Putnam Drive in Danbury. Note the sled hanging on a nail near the back door, and the milk crate where the milkman delivered milk and picked up the empties twice a week.---copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=107789120 107789120 Camp's Shoe Store For a brief time, my father, Camp, owned a shoe store in neighboring Bethel CT. It opened up in November 1963. This is an ad for the store from the Danbury News-Times, dated Saturday, November 23, 1963...the day after JFK was assassinated in Dallas. Needless to say, people did not flock to the shoe store that Sunday. Note the very cheap(by today's prices) cost to the shoes and boots. Copyright: Marc Catone, 2011 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=121543727 121543727 1964 Marc This is a photo of me at age 14 in 1964 around the time that The Beatles came to America. It was taken in one of those photobooths. Still had braces on my teeth, and had yet to wash the greasy kid stuff out of my hair, and comb it into my eyes. No, I had no girlfriend at that time...is there any wonder why? ;-) Copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=108145831 108145831 Senior Year High School yearbook photo This photo of me was taken in the Fall of 1967 when I was 17, and was the photo used in the 1968 Danbury High School year book, known as the "Aggregate". Not sure why the photographers used to do this, but the photos were taken in black-and-white and they "colorized" it. I guess it saved money, but just a couple of years later the graduating classes from DHS had real color photos. ---copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=107789119 107789119 Rogers Park Bridge, Danbury CT My Great Grandfather, Dominick Catone, and my Grandfather, Campbell A. Catone, helped to build this stone bridge at the main intersection within Rogers Park. Three generations of Catones were stone masons. The bridge was part of a WPA construction project in the 1930s. Rogers Park is the big city park located on the South side of Danbury, only a half-mile from where I grew up on Putnam Drive. That's me sitting on the bridge in June 2008. Nice legs, huh?---copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=107068390 107068390 Rogers Park Bridge, a different view Another photo of the bridge in Rogers Park built by my Grandfather Catone & Great-Grandfather Catone. This photo taken in 2013 is on the opposite side of the road from the other photo in this gallery. copyright, Marc Catone, 2013. https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185597296 185597296 Lewis Catone (Uncle Lew) Lew Catone was my great-uncle, brother to my grandfather, and uncle to my father. He was the youngest of the six Catone children in my grandfather's generation. He was one heck of a pianist, working in the big band era up and down the East coast with various bands, including his own for 30 years. He decided to give up wine, women, and song in the mid-to-late 1950s. He devoted himself to religion and the simpler things of life. I can't remember ever having a long conversation with him, but I do recall him visiting our house circa 1970, sitting himself down at my sister's upright piano, and playing excerpts from "Rhapsody In Blue" purely from memory. Man, could he play. When my sister, Sara, had her children in the late 70s, Lew sent her cassettes of him playing and singing children's songs. Above is a newspaper article about Lew playing at a public library in Bridgeport, and at various senior citizen locales in that city. He died in the early 1980s. Copyright: Marc Catone, 2012 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=169667443 169667443 Main St--Danbury--1950s Looking down Main St from intersection of White St and Elm St https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=113193686 113193686 Main St--Danbury--1960s Looking down Main St from intersection at West St. https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=113193687 113193687 Andrew's Market This great open-air market featuring fruit and vegetables was located on the corner of West St and Williams St in Danbury. The photo is an old one. When I went there as a teen in the 60s there was a large canopy over the fruit and vegetables. I rode my bicycle and later drove there, mainly on weekends to buy fruit, veggies, and especially corn during the summer. It was one of the first places that had sprinklers spraying water on the vegetables to keep them fresh. Present day, a community-based mental health agency called "Interlude" is in a new building on the site of Andrew's Market. https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=167194996 167194996 Danbury flood of 1955 The Still River overflowed its banks during a Summer and Fall season of two hurricanes and much rain. This photo was of the well-known Feinson's clothing store on the corner of Main and White streets. I was five years old at the time, and have only vague recollections of the event which thankfully didn't affect Putnam Drive where I lived https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=113193689 113193689 Jimmie Dodd Jimmie Dodd was our favorite Mooseketeer, and host of the "Mickey Mouse Club". In 1957, I stood next to him on the stage of South Street School and sang the "good-bye" song from the Mouse Club show. https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=111506435 111506435 Danbury Town Park I spent much of my summers as a teen at the Danbury Town Park on the shores of Lake Candlewood. In the mid-Sixties, it was THE place to see and be seen with your friends, girlfriend etc. There was a big First Aid and Life Guard hut that had two giant speakers blasting the Top 40 hits from 77-WABC all day. This photo was taken in October 2008, during the weekend of my high school class' 40th Reunion. ---copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=107066423 107066423 Dog Rock near Danbury Town Park Giant Rock shaped like a dog's head, painted and repainted many times, located across the street from the entrance to the Danbury Town Park. A multitude of different roadside stands have existed to the right of it.---copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=107067030 107067030 Big Pink Dinosaur This was a large statue of a dinosaur in front of Januzzi's "Dinosaur Gift and Mineral Shoppe" just over the state line in Brewster NY. A landmark that every kid looked at while traveling from Danbury to Brewster on the old highway route before I-84 was built. My 4th grade class from South Street School made a field trip there. https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=107842324 107842324 Big Rock on Putnam Drive This gigantic rock was in the backyard of the house in the center of the circle cul-de-sac of Putnam Drive, the street I lived on as a child and teen. This photo was taken in the early 70s. As kids in the 50s and 60s, my neighborhood pals and I would play on the rock for hours. Behind the Big Rock were blackberry bushes. We would pick the ones the birds didn't get first. In back of the Big Rock was a path leading to another Danbury Housing Authority street, Fairfield Ridge, where the house stands in the picture. The last time I drove around the "circle" at the end of Putnam Drive, I observed that the rock had deteriorated, and most of it had sunk into the ground. Copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=108969282 108969282 Danbury War Memorial at Rogers Park I spent many hours at this all purpose community center playing duckpin bowling in the early 1960s. Located on the corner of South St and the entrance to Rogers Park, only a few minutes from my home . It was also the location of the annual DHS all-night graduation party which I and many others from my class attended in June 1968. https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=113193688 113193688 The Giant's Chair Original photo I took in 2000 of rock formation, the Giant's Chair, located at the Old Quarry Nature Center in the hills across from Putnam Drive where I grew up. This photo was used later for the cover of my book, "The Giant's Chair". While holding a tree sappling on the side of the hill, loose dirt slipping under my sneakers, I used my other hand to take this photo from the front, as my old friend, Lynne Paris-Purtle, kept telling me I was crazy. I would not recommend anyone doing that, as it is a sheer drop of about 100 feet. As a kid in the Sixties, I visited the Giant's Chair often, and have some great memories which inspired the title of my book. See the "Links" section of this website for articles about my book. Copyright: Marc Catone 2010 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=108970282 108970282 Marcus Dairy bottle-front view Yes, there was a time that milk was delivered to your door. This is a milk bottle from a well-known dairy in my hometown of Danbury CT, Marcus Dairy. The delivery of milk stopped years ago, but the operation of the family-run luncheonetter/diner just ended in February 2011. Copyright: Marc Catone 2011 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142816045 142816045 Marcus Dairy bottle--rear view This is the back side of a milk bottle from a well-known dairy in my hometown of Danbury CT, Marcus Dairy. The delivery of milk stopped years ago, but the operation of the family-run luncheonetter/diner just ended in February 2011. Copyright: Marc Catone 2011 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142816061 142816061 Marcus Dairy restaurant I have just learned, sadly, that this Danbury CT fixture, after many decades of popularity, has closed its doors today, 2/6/11. It will be greatly missed. There are not too many family-run stores left in my old hometown. https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=115506685 115506685 Mom & Me 2006 My mother, Martha Catone, died on 11/19/12 at age 85. This is a photo taken of us in 2006 at one of her favorite places in the world, Two Lights State Park at Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Copyright: Marc Catone 2012 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=169830260 169830260 Memorial Rose Garden, Rogers Park When I was a kid there was a Memorial Rose Garden in Rogers Park with arbors that one could walk under. It was a very popular place for wedding photos. It was torn down in the 70s. Now, the city of Danbury has brought it back to life again to remember those who fought and died in the wars of the 20th century. This photo taken in 2013. copyright: Marc Catone, 2013 https://marccatone.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185597297 185597297