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Surf Avenue: 1913

Surf Avenue: 1913

July 16, 1913. Surf Avenue on Coney Island, with Feltman's Clam Bake on the left. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.


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I find it totally mind blowing to think of how our world has changed in less than a century, when you take into the consideration how long we have been on this planet and in the context of 100 years, how our world and society has changed. I sometimes wonder is it for the better? This picture was taken two weeks before my father's birth. Sure puts things into a different light.


Is Mr. Lundy a part of the famous Lundy family who owned the best restaurant in Brooklyn? I ate at Lundy Brothers many times as a boy in the 40's and 50's, and recall the biscuits and shore dinner with gustatory delight.


I look at the date of this picture then look at the clothing everyone is wearing and I start to sweat! I can't imagine having to dress like that in mid-summer in NY.


Located on the south side of Surf Avenue, Feltman was best known for his high grade and more expensive hot dogs. His place though was much more than a hot dog stand. It featured the hot dog counter facing Surf Avenue on the east side nearest the camera where root beer, Moxie and other soft drinks were sold along the hot dogs, hamburgers and fries. The counter was a rectangle with serving surfaces on all four faces, three of which were inside the main building. To the west of the building was the clam bar on the other side of the main entrance which led to the bar area located beyond the clam bar and sit down tables. Behind the hot dog counter were sit down tables where you could order meals and beverages from waiters.Behind the bar was the kitchen area that prepared food for the restaurant and also the outdoor Beer Garden which ran from the rear of the building along toward the ocean. The rest rooms were located beyond the sit down tables on the same side as the hot dog counter. The Garden feature a Bohemian theme with the east wall featuring faux buildings in the theme fashion with windows, doors and red tile roofs and the walls stucco finished a grayish tan color. Special colored lamps provided lighting and live entertainment and dancing were featured at night.Select vegetation enhanced the atmosphere. There were singing waiters and strolling minstrels. Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor worked there when they were young.

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