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The Seaside: 1905

The Seaside: 1905

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905. "Seaside Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Paddle Steamer Hotel

The structure of that hotel is reminiscent of the big paddle steamers, with the full-length double deck verandas, the tall cupolas taking the place of the smokestacks, and the staircased portico at the side standing in for the paddle wheel. I wonder if this was deliberate imitation.


Atlantic City, home of the famous Boardwalk. I wonder if they passed "Go."

Five Kinds of Wheels

1. Motor vehicle
2. Horse drawn wagons
3. Bicycle
4. Entrepreneurial fellow with the wicker push chair
5. Mom with crutch pushing baby carriage.

Vacationing Victorians

Oh how I love this photo! Most everything during this time is beautiful, the homes, hotel and the very lovely ladies. I wish I could stroll this street right now. I was born in the wrong time. Sigh.

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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