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A Day at the Beach: 1908

A Day at the Beach: 1908

Circa 1908. "Atlantic City, N.J. -- the bathing hour." Nattily attired in a variety of suits. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Here name was Madeleine

Her name was Madeleine but everyone called her Maggie. A popular figure at the Steel Pier Pavilion where she worked as a dance instructor, she considered herself quite the “modern woman.” Hired for her beauty and admired for her grace, she possessed a refined yet playful sense of humor and a maturity beyond her years of 21. Attired in her favorite lavender morning suit and accompanied by her young friend, Emily, who was still dressed in the skirt and blouse she wore as a concession girl on the pier, both young ladies were adorned with their new-for-this-season lingerie hats and were enjoying their afternoon off. Strolling hand-in-hand down the Boardwalk, Maggie spots a couple of familiar faces among the crowd on the beach below. Could it be the artist who sketches portraits for 10 cents and his friend the musician whom they see each morning outside the train station? Didn’t he once say his name was Jack and that he hailed from some place named Chippewa or something? FunFotoFictionFantasy


I like the pockets of entertainment in these sweeping photographs. The two boys that seem to be experimenting with a cigarette near the tent entrance.

On the beach

Funny how there is not one thing on the beach other than people! No towels, bags, balls, food, drink, etc.

The beach scene is devoid of everything except bathers and well dressed observers.

Who's That Girl

The Parasol Lady must have a 15 inch waist!

Eyewear for the beach

Three women around Robin Williams who is standing behind the guy with the crossed arms and moustache. They look like sisters and are wearing very similar eyeglass frames.

Entrepreneurial spirit

If only I could go back in time and "invent" the beach blanket. Cha-ching!

Where did everybody go?

What a wonderful shot full of life, energy, and fun. This is the beach I would like to sit at amongst what looks like a mass of people having a wonderful day. The current Atlantic City beach? I think I'll skip it.

Elbows. Knees. Ankles.

I shudder at such a shocking, disgusting display! Please don't let this filth be shown to our children -- wait, I mean my great-grandparents.


Check out the curves on the dame in the front under the umbrella. Now I see why the photographer decided to take a picture here.

Love beach photos!

Especially interesting to see the ones who came to watch the swimmers. The people were so healthy and happy. The women beautiful in their upswept hair and fancy dresses & the men always in dapper clothing. You seldom see an overweight person. Imagine if they could see our American population today!

Robin Williams.

Standing behind guy in front with crossed arms and moustache.

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