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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Wish You Were Here: 1906

Wish You Were Here: 1906

Circa 1906, Atlantic City bathers peering a century into the future. "Hotel Traymore and Brady's Baths." At left, the domed Marlborough-Blenheim hotel. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Thumbs Up

I like the Jerry Colonna-ish fellow near the center front. He's giving the thumbs up sign, which I don't remember seeing before in Shorpy's hundred year old (+or-) pictures. He's having a great time.

Now THIS one...

I just don't trust!

Trying on his sweetie's hat?

Over there on the far right of the picture, 2nd man in at the lower right corner, a man with a mustache smiles congenially at the camera, holding the arm of his girl. He's holding his hat strings in his other hand, grinning at us, and seems to be saying "Do you like my bonnet? Is it very fetching?" -- She seems to be calling to someone else, getting them to get a load of him.

Refreshing lively spirit here!

Tan lines?

It may be an artifact of the B/W image, but people in these beach scenes do not look nearly as tanned/leathery as their NJ contemporaries.

Hotel Traymore Implosion, 1972

Getting my feet wet

Let me be the first to observe that there seems to be more overweight people in this pic than usual for this period.

"Hey Internet"

"Get a load of us!"

Wish you were here

along with the other 49,000 other bathers.

 
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