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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Atlantic City Forever: 1912

Atlantic City Forever: 1912

"I could stay in Atlantic City forever." A Kodak moment circa 1912 at the New Jersey resort. 5x7 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Sweet Shades

It's funny, I don't think of the early 1900s as being a time of sunglasses, but the woman with the hat and skirt is clearly sporting some cool shades. Who knew?

I See Coneheads ...

Oh. That's someone's coat draped over a railing. Doy.

Never mind!

Conehead!

Could we get a close up of the blond headed fellow in the center of the picture with apparently the Mohawk or Conehead hair. Was this in style during this time period, or is this an artifact in the picture of some kind?

[How long have you been seeing Coneheads? - Dave]

The Ass

The ass looks none too thrilled to be there but a job's a job I guess.

Love The Photo!

My husband and I were born and brought up in Ventnor, right next to Atlantic City on Absecon Island and we went "uptown" often. This is a wonderful piece of nostalgia, although by our day, bikinis had taken the place of the ladies' modest attire. Great picture!

No Time Like the Past

In the late 60's until the mid 70's I worked with a photographer who specialized primarily in postcards. He would photograph the clouds if it took all night for them to move into the position he wanted. He would use a view camera only like the one above. That was the best I have ever seen. No matter what is said there are no times like old times.

Ragtime

This shot made me flash on a scene from the movie Ragtime. The family in the movie takes a trip to a very similar looking beach resort, and I think the date of the photo is very close to the era portrayed in the movie. Can't remember if the movie ever specifies a location.

Da Yellow Kid

Isn't that Da Yellow Kid to the left of the photographer, face partially obscured by the drape/hood/cape (whatever it is called) of the camera?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Yellow_Kid

Atlantic City

I work in Atlantic City - It's a shame they tore down the lovely Victorian buildings. I bet those folks are sitting in front of the Marlborough-Blenhiem, the most ornate of the old hotels.

Whoa.

Nice girl on that ass. Had to say it.

 
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