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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Sailing on the Sand: 1903

Sailing on the Sand: 1903

Circa 1903. "Sailing on the beach at Ormond, Florida." An interesting looking character at the controls. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing. View full size.

 

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I just returned from my 50th High School Reunion in Daytona Beach (on the south edge of Ormond Beach for those that don't know). Everything is a lot different now than it was back then although I think it was better 100 years ago than now. We walked on the beach and in the ocean while there. The beach is much narrower now, even at low tide and they now charge a fee to drive on the sand. Great photo and I have enjoyed this one and the other photos of Daytona Beach shown on this site. They bring back memories of a time that will never come again. Thanks a lot.

In the Midwest

thet thar is known as a "prairie schooner."

Major Hoople Au Bord de la Mer

A fez and a wool suit, Florida weather -- and Arrid won't be invented for a few years yet. The pilot looks as if he's calculating whether he can run over the photographer before the latter can gather up his tripod-mounted view camera and skedaddle (they still did that back then).

[Our captain would be bundled up against the chill -- Florida was a winter resort. -Dave]

Boat For Hire

It appears that one could buy rides on that contraption. Similar to the present day's hang gliders. In the background we see a couple of bicycle people movers.

 
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