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Baby Boardwalk: 1905

Baby Boardwalk: 1905

Circa 1905. "Under the willows. Rye Beach, New Hampshire." This strikes me as the sort of place where the Big Bad Wolf might jump out of the bushes. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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And all that even though the baby buggies, prams and strollers of that time and age hat built-in off-road capability: Large wheels, high axles, ground clearance to match. By today's standards a bunch of big-foot vehicles. Did I mention mud wings?


Can't resist: the trees, the path, the child.

The trees

The trees, and the whole scene in general, are both beautiful and scary at the same time. The boardwalk seems out of place. Almost surrealistic, especially in black and white.

Times Sure Change

when they give the pedestrians a nice (fairly clean) board sidewalk and the road it a torn-up rutted mess. Nowadays, Highway Departments fix the roads well before they go after the sidewalks - if they do at all!


A classic picture of a real boardwalk.

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Ten seconds later Rod Serling stepped into this picture and said "your next stop, The Twilight Zone."

So muddy in the old days

A nightmare for women in their long skirts.

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