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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Old Orchard Beach: 1904

Old Orchard Beach: 1904

Circa 1904. "Old Orchard, Maine, from pier." Surf, sand, and Lady Zamora. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Le OOB

Or, as les Quebecois would say, "Old Or-SHARD Bitch."

Pier pressure

The old one washed away in a storm when I was a kid in 1978. The one that's there now is only about half the length and stuffed full of crap. You can't even get a view of the water unless you go into the el sleazo bar at the end of it. The beach itself is still very nice indeed.

What if

Be funny to see the reaction of the folks on the beach if some young thing walked out wearing a thong.

Horse on the Beach

That alone could make it an unpleasant experience.

Offshore!

I love surfing OOB, and by the looks of it, that's some decent waist-high stuff coming in.

And wow, how the pier has changed. It's too bad, really. You can't even see the ocean from it anymore.

Paparazzi

It seems we have another photographer on the beach, capturing a coosome twosome sitting on the walkway.

(Paparazzo #2 seen through the lens of Paparazzo #1)

Swimsuits to Let

Love this photo of the beautiful hotel! Interesting to see that this photographer has captured another photographer working. Also, the sign on the extreme right -- can you imagine anyone today RENTING a bathing suit? Eww.

 
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