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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Boats Bait Beer: 1910

Boats Bait Beer: 1910

New York, July 1910. "Goose Creek, houses on the water, Jamaica Bay, Long Island." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Bootlegging

Just a few years after this, in nearby Broad Channel, my grandfather as a kid would cart huge sacks of sugar out the the illegal Prohibition-era distilleries at the end of the pier. The cops knew this was going on, but they were paid to look the other way. Grandpa said that once he got a whole silver dollar as tip.

Summer Paradise

Queens County was mostly farms back in those days. A lot of this area is now National Seashore land. In addition to fishing (fluke, bluefish, weakfish, etc.), vacationers in the area could visit nearby Aqueduct for a day of Thoroughbred racing. I would imagine shotgunning was a popular diversion as well, due to the large numbers of aquatic fowl in the area.

The locally brewed beer is a nice touch. Budweiser? Never heard of it, friend.

Goose Creek

Goose Creek was one of four stops along the five-mile line built in 1880 on a wooden trestle across Jamaica Bay by the New York, Woodhaven and Rockaway Railroad. The other three were the Raunt, Broad Channel and Beach Channel.

Broad Channel

Pretty good bet this is the area in Queens County called Broad Channel. It lies on a peninsula leading to Rockaway Beach, a subject of other Shorpy posts including one comment today. The original residents were squatters and the homes were little more than shacks. The City of New York, in 1982, started leasing the land to the homeowners for 99 years and it has become a vibrant community with the specter of gentrification on the horizon.

 
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