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Steeplechase Pier: 1905

Steeplechase Pier: 1905

The Jersey Shore circa 1905. "Steeplechase Pier, Atlantic City." Appearing April 22: The Mask and Wig Club of U-Penn performing "Mr. Hamlet of Denmark." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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After this Steeplechase Pier Burnt Down

I worked on the replacement Steeplechasr from 1944 to 1948, I ran the Ferris Wheel and my best friend Felix ran the Dodgem cars. This was B.C. -- before casinos. A great place to grow up in.....Lew Bobb

I was wondering.


Got Windex ?

Imagine the chore it must have been to keep those beautiful ornate windows clean. Salt spray had to be the worst culprit.

Gone, gone, all gone now

Today most of the traffic on the boardwalk is people shuffling from one gambling casino to the next. There are few attractions. The benches are mostly occupied by the homeless, who tend to be dirty and talk loudly to themselves. Instead of sun and the sounds of the surf, what most people experience these days is the constant din of endless rows of slot machines inside cavernous, windowless rooms. It's hard not to sound negative, AC really is bleak.

Shills rolling chairs

Why yes. I believe he is.

I wonder

... what time of year this is? No one is on the beach or the pier.

[It's April. - Dave]

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