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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Sand Castles: 1905

Sand Castles: 1905

The Jersey Shore circa 1905. "Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel, Atlantic City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Marlboro-Blenheim on film

The Marlborough-Blenheim hotel is prominently featured in the 1972 film "The King of Marvin Gardens" with Jack Nicholson. It's a good way to see the entire boardwalk as it appeared in the early 1970s.


The 'present' is nowhere near as grand. Bally's could be anywhere, one size fits all, the 'three chairs no waiting' school of design; just plop that puppy down and open the doors.

What replaced it

That fabulous Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel was ultimately torn down in 1979 and replaced by this mundane-looking, seen-everywhere tower. And both photos might have been taken from the very same spot.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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