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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Another "Bathing Beauties" Image!

Another "Bathing Beauties" Image!

Here is another image from the album I purchased. I can only imagine how itchy and hot their wool bathing suits were to wear on the sunny beach at Atlantic City. Note: I "assume" this is Atlantic City. Does anybody have any information regarding the "Globe" (theatre?) sign in the back ground to substantiate this being Atlantic City?

Globe Theatre

When I was growing up in Ventnor, (next to Atlantic City) in the fifties, the Globe was notorious as a burlesque theatre. My friends and I would never dream of trying to go in, but we gasped at some of the racy pictures posted outside. Today, they'd be considered mild, I guess.

As for "jitneys," the word refers to the small-capacity (about 12 passengers) busses that run on Pacific Avenue only and only in Atlantic City, not downbeach to the rest of Absecon Island.

[The jitneys mentioned below were not buses. - Dave]

Globe Theatre

There was apparently a Globe Theatre in Atlantic City:

http://cinematreasures.org/theater/17056/

and

http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/eaa/maxwell/M03/M0357-72dpi.jpeg

(also linked to by the above article) looks like it could be a later picture of the same area of the Boardwalk.

BTW, the people-powered "taxis" (I don't recall what they were called - "jitneys" I think) in the 1922 photo were still in use into the 1960s, I remember seeing them as a child.

 
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