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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

The Steel Pier: 1910

The Steel Pier: 1910

The Jersey Shore circa 1910. "Steel Pier, Atlantic City." Now playing: Vessella's Italian Band. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Steel Pier

My wife and I went there for our Honeymoon 51 years ago. Brenda Lee was playing there./

A few years ago I heard they had rebuilt the Steel Pier. LOL Yeah they put a merry go round and a ferris wheel on it.

It's too bad it was a great way to spend a day and not expensive.

Wicker carts

I am also wondering how those wicker carts were powered. It doesn't look like there is any steering mechanism. It also looks like they may be built on tricycle wheels, but where are the pedals?? Hmmm, a mystery for sure!

[The Boardwalk's famous "rolling chairs" are powered by the person pushing them. - Dave]

-5

Five years earlier, the lighted Steel Pier signs had not yet been installed at the top of the building, but the place was hoppin' just the same.

Before the golf cart

How were those wicker carts powered?

[By people. - Dave]

With one exception,

every single woman in the photo has a great figure!

On the Boardwalk

And under it! Trying to avoid the heat?

Time Machine

These types of pictures are why I return to Shorpy week after week. Since nobody is letting me borrow their time machine I happily get my fix here!

I see Harold Lloyd.

And a lot of his clones. Just needs to add some suitable movie piano music.

Is you water running?

Then you'd better stop it! It just ran past my house!

Sorry, very old joke.

Fresh Running Water In Every Room!

... but I want standing water.

 
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