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A Sand Man: 1906

A Sand Man: 1906

The Jersey Shore circa 1906. "A sand man -- Atlantic City." The Michelangelo of sand sculpture. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.


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Who knew?

I thought elaborate sand sculpture was a relatively recent phenomenon. Yeah, as recent as 106 years ago! Very talented man. I'm sure he snapped photos with his digital camera for his portfolio.

Just asleep

Unbelievable detail. And the material would have to be of just a certain consistency to be shaped as seen.

So why do we of an older generation never see these
sand based objects on our summer beaches?

[Like this one? - tterrace]

More like a Goya

This may be the most depressing sand sculpture my eyes have seen, more akin to the work of Francisco Goya than Michelangelo. In the end, he's still a far better sand sculptor than myself for which drip castles are the limit of my capability.

No t-shirt or shorts in those days.

No sir, he shows up to work in his tie and trousers albeit in shirtsleeves and sans bowler.

"I do this work for a living"

In other words, stop gawking and throw some money in the hat!

Hey, it's a living!

Interesting that the "I do this work for a living" message seems rather clumsily written in contrast to the exquisite sand carvings.

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