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The Dennis: 1901

The Dennis: 1901

"The Dennis, Atlantic City, 1901." Decades before The Donald came to town. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Earlier generation

While the Dennis Hotel is still used by Bally, this picture is of an earlier incarnation of the hotel:

"The latest version of the Dennis, pre-casinos, was constructed between 1919 and 1925, Kutschera said. It was built in the French regency style, with a distinctive mansard roof."

[Other Shorpy photos show mansard roofs present as early as 1905 and 1908. -tterrace]


Anyone have any idea of where in AC this hotel was. I will be going to AC in 3 weeks and would like to see what's there now.

[It's still there, now incorporated into the Bally's complex. -tterrace]

Trees on the beach, a Jersey Shore tradition

Although those don't look like Scotch Pines and Doug Firs, they may be there for the same reason hundreds of New Jersey towns, at least throughout my youth, used to collect used Christmas trees at curbside and send them on a seaside excursion. Yes, it was for erosion control, they claimed... possibly to keep the sands from swirling and shifting during the rough winter-spring transition.

Strange effect

The kid in front of the two ladies looks like he fell out of a Winslow Homer painting and landed on the beach.

Trees on the beach

Why are all the trees stacked up on the beach in front of the fence? Some kind of erosion control?

Not wheelchair compliant

It appears the hotel is not ADA compliant. There is a wheelchair at the bottom of the stairs on the left. Looks like the user is hobbling up the stairs to her room. I hope they didn't put her on the top floor.

No light colored parasols here, just dark rain bumbershoots to hide under.

I really enjoy looking at these pictures on my tablet. The spreading of the fingers zoom feature allows one to check the fine detail. Keep up the good work!

[The vehicle at the foot of the stairs is a "rolling chair," used to convey guests along the Boardwalk. - Dave]

The Dennis

"You'll love our pine-scented beaches.'

No towels

Must have been an extra sandy experience, back then.

Second Boy from the right

"Hey Elmer, check out the ankles on that chick"

Lady on left

Edith, I swear if it get any hotter I'm going swimming clothes and all!

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