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My father’s family moved a lot. They lived in different types of houses, old tenements, old wood frame house, basement apartment, apartments with no indoor plumbing, but in 1938 they settled down.

They moved to 525 West 182nd Street – The Invermark. Here is a picture of the building and the floor plan from Apartment Houses of the Metropolis which can be found in the New York Public Library and on their website. Click on the picture and you can zoom and look at it more closely. Which apartment did the Colberts live in?

The Invermark, northeast corne... Digital ID: 465689. New York Public Library

In 1901 New York city passed a new law regulating tenements. They had to have bathrooms inside each apartment and they had more light and ventilation. Builders started designing the new buildings which came to be called “New Law” Tenements. These were often built on multiple lots or on corner lots. Often they were given names. One of these was the Invermark, built on the corner of West 182nd Street and Audubon Avenue.

They advertised that they had telephone service, but the Colberts didn’t have one in 1940. I’m  not sure when they finally got a telephone.

The Colberts moved in around 1938 or 1939. In 1940 they paid $42.00 a month rent.

Not long after they moved in Uncle Joe acquired a camera and starting taking pictures, so we have a good idea of what the apartment looked like when the Colberts lived there, almost 30 years after it was built.

Uncle Jackie looking out the window of 525 West 182nd Street.

The family had a lot of gatherings there and Uncle Joe documented them. Here’s one of my father on Christmas Day, 1939.

My father has a little fun before Christmas dinner is cooked.

Grandpa in the kitchen. “A candid shot.” snapped by Joe Colbert

Uncle Mike

The relatives came over too.

Front: Larry, Jane, Joan Colbert, Jim Rogers
Back: Peggy Rutan, Aunt Addie, Aunt Elsie, Bernadette Rutan and Josephine Wunderlich

The Invermark wasn’t far from Highbridge Park.

Frances and Larry at Highbridge Park.

Joan and Jack Colbert swimming at Highbridge Park.

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I just returned from the City of Beacon Memorial Day parade. While waiting for the parade to start I talked to a WW II vet who reminded me of my father. He is 93 years old and was in the U.S. Navy. He said he was in the Battle of Sicily. I hope he tells his stories, he has lots to tell. I offered him a bottle of water – it was very hot. He said – no, he was old school, like a camel – didn’t need it. He comes to the parade every year – not just because he is a vet, but because his son died in Vietnam and his name is read at the Beacon Memorial Day ceremony.

I decided to post some pictures of the Colberts and Whelans who served. They all made it home. I couldn’t find pictures of everyone. If anyone has a picture, send it to me and I’ll update this post. The missing pictures include: Mike and Jackie Colbert;  Pat McNamara,  Bill Graf and Vincent Cooper. I don’t know how many cousins served, but there were a lot.

Here are the pictures I found:

Larry Colbert – Pan Am Africa – Air Transport Command

Larry Colbert – U.S. Navy

Uncle Joe – U.S. Navy (with his brother Larry)

Aunt Angela – U.S. Navy Nurse

Uncle Vincent – U.S. Army

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