NOW IN PAPERBACK: Nutley Snapshots - In Plain View

Nutley Snapshots – In Plain View
By Anthony Buccino

Volume one of a series of photo collections to showcase the all-around beauty and some of the history of the northern New Jersey township of Nutley.

Full Color on White paper; 126 pages

Now available in paperback


Nutley Library book signing and autograph party April 11

Nutley Public Library - photo Nutley Historical Society

BY Anthony Buccino

2 P.M. April 11, 2015
Book Talk and Signing

Many of the folks profiled in the book will be on hand to sign their own profile page.
Already own a book, bring it along and collect more signatures!

Nutley Free Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley, N.J.

Mark your calendars. 


Kingsland Manor Open House

Stop and Visit Kingsland Manor During Open House

Beginning Sunday, May 18, the Kingsland Manor will host open house tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

The first tour will include a garden in bloom and visits to the renovated children's room featuring a Kingsland Manor cradle hand-crafted by member Leon Kish from original templates.

The Historic Restoration Trust open house tours will continue on the 3rd Sunday of each month, unless otherwise posted.

Follow the Kingsland Manor on Facebook.


The Lady Or The Tiger? Mystery Revealed

Frank Stockton's last word on The Lady, or The Tiger?

APRIL 1, 2014 (NUTLEY, N.J.)  -- The Nutley Library has recently revealed the discovery of an envelope left in its care more than 100 years ago by local author Frank R. Stockton, inside which the writer is said to reveal the end to one of his most famous and vexing short stories, "The Lady or The Tiger?"

The short story, published in 1882, is about a man sentenced to an unusual punishment for having a romance with a king's beloved daughter, according to Wikipedia

Honored author Stockton, it was also explained, gained fame when his puzzle story, "The Lady or the Tiger?" became world famous and started a vogue in literature.
Frank R. Stockton

Written originally to amuse a group of friends, the narrative left its hero required to open one of two doors, behind one of which was a beautiful woman and behind the other a man-eating tiger.
Debates on the ultimate outcome raged all the way to India and similar stories appeared everywhere for years, although Stockton never did answer his question.

According to an outer envelope, the Nutley author left directions that the envelope be opened 112 years after his April 20, 1902, death, and that its contents will reveal the long sought ending as to whether or not it was the lady or the tiger - settling the controversy once and for all. 

From about 1860 to about 1890, Frank Stockton lived with his family on Walnut Street in Nutley. The town at that time was home to many artists and editors, and was visited by Mark Twain who is said to have first tasted ice cream.

About this time he took a position on Hearth and Home, and in 1873 became associate editor of St. Nicholas.

"Rudder Grange" was at first a story which he wrote for Scribner's. Its cordial reception let him to enlarge it to the present delightful volume. This was the first book he wrote for "grown-ups," although the elders had long been reading his children's tales with delight.

In 1942, the Frank Stockton room, New Jersey's first library department exclusively for junior high school students was opened in the Nutley Public Library. A scene from his work "Rudder Grange" by Ivan Stoppe, a New York artist, is hung in the north end of the room.

"The Lady and the Tiger," written, so it has been said, for an evening party at Mr. Boardman's in Nutley, has been translated into many languages, and one day in India a group of Hindus were heard gravely discussing the probable fate of the hero.