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AC: 1900

AC: 1900

The Jersey Shore circa 1900. "Atlantic City from lighthouse." View just to the left of the previous post. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Progress

I don't know about the Jersey Shore being like a "sewer" but it certainly is an overbuilt nightmare now. People are living (or staying) on top of each other. This is a vacation? Not only the shore, but the people as well are very different now than in 1900.

In the Water

They seemed to have placed the utility poles below the tide line. Is that the way it was done elsewhere?

[Funny -- they built the pier that way, too. - Dave]

Hotel Pierrepont

The $50,000 lobby. From an old postcard.

Gloomy

This photo reminds me of the first lines of Don Henley's song "Boys of Summer":

Nobody on the road,
Nobody on the beach.
I feel it in the air,
Summer's out of reach.

It would be interesting if some of the same shots were taken from the lighthouse during a warm afternoon on a summer weekend.

Looks much better than today

I went for the first time a couple years ago, I would have rather had a time machine and gone back to 1900. That place is like a sewer now, I wouldn't go back even if you paid for everything.

Pretty neat old buildings here, though. What do you think they offer at the Capitol Sample Room?

 
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