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The Sands of Time: 1906

The Sands of Time: 1906

The Jersey shore circa 1906. "Beach and Boardwalk, Atlantic City." Brought to you by Gillette. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

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So much to see

And so little time. But, my favorite thing so far are the five gals arm in arm walking away from the camera about 40 yards to the right of the covered beach chairs.

An idea before its time

Where's the Barbarossa now that people are wearing Bikinis and Speedos? Gillette's advice still holds.

Up On the Roof

So what's the large cylindrical object atop the building towards the end of the pier? It appears to be made of fabric. An inflatable airship?

Or maybe just a giant advertisement for foot-long (block-long?) hotdogs?

[The sign hanging underneath reads THE AIRSHIP. Another Shorpy Mystery! It looks something like one of Melvin Vaniman's ill-fated craft. In 1910 he attempted the first air crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from A.C. in the dirigible America, but had to abandon ship near Bermuda. He was killed in 1912 when his hydrogen blimp the Akron blew up off Atlantic City. - Dave]


Makes me want to go to the beach. Thanks Shorpy.

Bird's eye view

So, was this photo shot from a hot-air balloon? Aeroplane? Observation tower?

[It was made from the tallish Hotel Traymore. - Dave]

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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