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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

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.

 

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.

Shame

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.

 
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