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Base-ball To-day: 1906

Base-ball To-day: 1906

The Jersey Shore circa 1906. "On the beach, Atlantic City." Note the DEFOREST WIRELESS station on the pier. Who wants ice cream? View full size.


Question for the linguists

When did "base-ball" become "baseball"???

Bet the ice cream was good

Those freezer buckets in the cart at right appear to be for 5-gallon ice cream cans. Large freezers like that are still available, complete with a belt wheel instead of a hand crank on the turning mechanism so a motor can do the work.

"Dry Ice"

Must have been a necessity for those ice cream wagons, and surely it was available in 1906.

[Dry ice was not used commercially until the mid-1920s. -tterrace]

Weekend get-away

Do you think all those folks were there to get away from it all?

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