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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

The Teeming Shore: 1910

The Teeming Shore: 1910

The Jersey Shore circa 1910, continuing our theme of waterfront scenes with stripes. "Bathing at Atlantic City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size or fast-forward a few years.

 

Same place, same year. Same man?

The man on the right of this picture looks very much like this one from the photo "Hands up in Atlantic City 1910" What do you think? Could be the same man?

Itchy and Scratchy

It must have taken DAYS to get the sand out of their britches.

Flagged

Nice set of flags being displayed on the shore side of the first aid tent. On the right is the good old Stars and Stripes, the 1908-1912 46-star version. In the middle is the relatively new flag of New Jersey (adopted 1898). On the left is a display of the US Weather Service's 1887 style forecast flags, a white-over-blue square over a black pennant. The flag indicates local rain (or snow) is forecast within 24 hours while the pennant below indicates the temperature will drop (if it had been above it would have meant a temperature rise). It is interesting to note that back in the pre-radio days many people could read these types of flags with ease; a number of different pamphlets were distributed showing the flag combinations.

Canine Sighting

At the bow of the boat upper middle of the picture. Looks like it even has a collar of some kind. The dog looks just like a rescue dog that was our family pet several years ago.

Too much skin!

Muscle shirts, shorts way above the knee, oh my!

Some of those gentlemen are on the verge of being immodest!

Where are all the towels?

Something that always strikes me about these old beach scenes is the severe lack of towels and/or blankets. This shot today would have more towels than beachgoers! I can find evidence of only one blanket in this whole photo - a woman is sitting on one to the left of the walkway just before the hanging chairs. Was washing a sandy towel at that time too onerous to consider bringing them to the beach? Many of the boys are far sandier than I think you'd see at the beach today.

[When this picture was made, there were no towels to bring. At least not what we would think of as a beach or bath towel. Big terrycloth or cotton towels were not a mass-market item in 1910, and laundry was a labor-intensive chore. - Dave]

Now that Spring is Near

I can't wait to don my coat and tie, grab my hat and head to the beach for some refreshing salt air.

"Oh the agony of de-feet"

The few times I ventured to AC my wife loved the beach, I the casinos, I couldn't stand the hot sands and I can't believe back then that things were not as hot! Where is the agony of the face that I had?

 
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