All Red Bank Register photographs are part of Monmouth County’s archives 

FREEHOLD, NJ – A collection of 40 photographs that appeared in the now-defunct Red Bank Register newspaper in the early 1980s will be on display in October at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Dr. in Manalapan.

“This exhibit is a sampler of one of the jewels in the Monmouth County Archives, the Red Bank Register Negative Collection,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. “Most of the photographs are from 1979 to 1982. They touch on major recurring themes such as entertainment and recreation, disasters, sports, celebrations and holidays, local history and personalities, crime, religion, weather, the natural environment and nationally known celebrities, such as politicians and musicians.”

The photographs capture a time when computers were still a novelty and compact discs had not yet replaced vinyl records as the dominant music medium.    

Some events depicted from this period had a long-lasting impact, including the opening of a five-mile stretch of Rt. 18 and the closest gubernatorial election in the history of New Jersey. Also documented  is the local awareness of national news, such as the Iran hostage crisis and the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan in 1981. 

Other photos confirm that some of the best aspects of Monmouth County – its natural beauty, efforts to preserve the environment, opportunities for celebration and entertainment, commerce related to the proximity of the Jersey Shore, commitment to law enforcement, and educational opportunities – have not changed. The also document that events such as fires, floods and crime are perennial problems.

The exhibit will be on view in the library’s gallery seven days a week during the month of October.