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Wildwood Casino: 1910

Wildwood Casino: 1910

The Jersey Shore circa 1910. "Casino and pier, Wildwood." A popular amenity: "Bathing robes to hire." Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

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What does it refer to?

I have seen the word "casino" used to describe old-time establishments like this. They are usually seaside bathing places from around the early 1900s, and have no association with gambling. Anybody know the origin of this usage of "casino"?

["Casino" (Italian for house) generally means any structure used for social amusements, including gambling. - Dave]


"Hot Sea-Water-Baths"

Sounds like something you'd give a lobster, crab or clam. May I have a little melted butter and lemon with that?

Loving these south Jersey photos

First Cape May, now Wildwood. Keep 'em coming! As one commenter said on the Cape May Point life saving station photo, the area has a distinguished history. Cape May Point has always fascinated me, with the many blocks it's lost to the ocean and the ghosts of an abandoned World War II base that is also eroding away.

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