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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

The Bathing Hour: 1910

The Bathing Hour: 1910

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1910. "The bathing hour." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The focus of this picture

seems to be the lovely lady in the foreground looking directly at the camera.

Nostalgia

As Burt Lancaster said in "Atlantic City," "The Atlantic Ocean was really something in those days."

Gritty Atlantic City

Had they not invented the beach towel by 1910? Talk about sand in yer pants!

No Dogs Allowed On Beach

However, goats, donkeys, ponies and horses are no problem!

Horse sense

Now we see why so many people, particularly the ladies, always wore shoes at the beach. Watch your step!

Bathing folks

I want to personally thank two people: the gal looking at the camera with that winsome smile, and Paul Newman, for going back in time and standing in front of that camera over in the middle of the shot.

This way, folks

We've got a spot open down by the woman in the black bathing suit.

Was a Sunny Day!

Imagine a hot summer day and the ladies fully dressed on the beach, rolling in the sand and water with those outfits on. What's worse is horses on the beach! Watch your step please.

Holiday weekend?

One of the biggest crowds seen on Shorpy at the beach. I notice that there is a long line of pilings out into the ocean. It looks like the remains of one of the docks that might have been destroyed by the big hurricane of 1903.

 
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