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Grand Hotels: 1908

Grand Hotels: 1908

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1908. "Shelburne, Dennis and Marlborough-Blenheim hotels." Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.



It was taken from the Steeplechase Pier. The Steel Pier was about 1/4 of a mile to the right (north) of this picture. For five generations my family was a Marlborough-Blenheim outfit. I always preferred the Blenhein (moorish side) because of the antique kiddie room with a mechanical carousel, the voluminouse rack of railroad passenger timetables, creeping around at nights to the basement laundry and upstairs to the mysterious DOME. We'd arrive in our Pontiac (pork and beans) Safari (all s seven or eight of us) and always get the same warm, " oh, the Heizmanns!) greeting from the staff. Now we weren't from the Main Line but from Reading PA and my great grandmother used to make it in their Baker electric to AC in two days with a stopover/recharge in Philly. My thanks go to the White family for keeping the joint open all those years and boo to Bally who razed it, displaying Blenheims terra cotta ornaments for a while.. Don't think I'll ever go back to AC after wht it's become.


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I'm wondering where this was taken from. My guess is the Steel Pier. It is only 5 years after the Wright brothers made their first flight, so I seriously doubt that it was made from the air. Imagine trying to change one of those big glass plates in the camera as the plane dipped and flew along above the waves...NO thanks!

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