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Steeplechase Pier: 1910

Steeplechase Pier: 1910

The Jersey Shore circa 1910. "Steeplechase Pier and Boardwalk, Atlantic City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Boards on the boardwalk

At some time after this photo two lanes of tight fitting boards lengthwise were incorporated into the boardwalk for the rolling chairs. In the photo the rolling chairs had to negotiate every board which was loose fitting.

What a difference a century makes

Civilization was so nice. I miss it.

Rolling Chairs

Amazing these have been around for over 120 years in Atlantic City. From what I can find out the price for riding one is still very reasonable in today's dollars.

"The FUNNEST Place!"???

I never got over the fact that their slogan was "Steeplechase - The Funny Place". Was the PLACE really "funny"? Or was it meant to imply that YOU would have fun with the entertainments there? This may be a quibble, but that slogan has bugged me for many years, since the Coney Island version of the Steeplechase ran an ad almost every day of the year in the NY DAILY NEWS using that "funny" line.

What a great photo!

Love the adult shade carriages; very energy efficient.

[Atlantic City's famous "rolling chairs." - Dave]

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