Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Vintage Photos of Bergen County Blue Laws

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Vintage Photos of Bergen County Blue Laws

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Bergen County is perhaps the last bastion of the Blue Laws in the area as many municipalities have done away with the practice, which limited which items could be sold on Sundays.

In Bergen County, that means clothing, shoes, furniture, home supplies and appliances are barred from sale on Sundays.

Blue laws were first instituted in the area of the United States in the 1600s and have been repealed, reinstituted and redefined many times since. In Paramus the laws came about in the 1950s.

New York ended its blue laws in the mid-1970s. Since then, most other municipalities nationwide have done the same. Blue laws were also the subject of a Jeopardy! question earlier this year, which even Alex Trebek got wrong.

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1976: Mrs. Julie Chase looking over clothes in Bambergers.

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Undated: A booth at Town & Country Auction on Route 46 in Little Ferry. …

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