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Getting Their Picture Took: 1904

Getting Their Picture Took: 1904

Coney Island, New York, circa 1904. "Getting their picture took." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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This reminds me of the scenes in 'The Devil and Miss Jones' with Charles Coburn and Jean Arthur, et al, and their visit to Coney Island. Everyone got 3 square feet worth of sand, no more, no less.

Bostock's banner

This was advertising the Bostock circus at the Dreamland.

A Coney Island song

At the Library of Congress's great new National Jukebox site you can listen to a funny song from 1906 called "Coming Home from Coney Isle."

Call me Sandy

Still waiting for the invention of the beach towel.

OK gang, we're heading for the beach

so put on as many clothes as you can, and I'm wearing my nice black suit.

Sunscreen? Nope, I forgot my briefcase!

In these beach photos, I am always struck by the men in suits and hats. The one who caught my eye is the gentleman to the left, facing the camera. Kinda looks like Col. Sanders to me.

On any beach in the world today, can you imagine the looks one would get wearing a suit? Different times.

The Little Rascals

Darla and Alfalfa take a walk on the Beach!

This is a slightly different picture than the (Photoshopped) one I uploaded, did you change it?

No Business Casual

There's no middle ground--except for the escaped prisoner, it's either beach wear or business formal.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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