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Fun in the Sun: 1904

Fun in the Sun: 1904

The Jersey Shore in 1904. "The bathing hour, Atlantic City -- Steeplechase and Steel piers." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

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Where's Waldo?

I think there are two of him in this photo.

Long gone.

It's an overwhelming thought when you realize that out of all these people in this photo, not a single one is alive today.

So different today

You don't see the crowds on the beach like that any more. So many people go to the beach and never get in the water.

I read they were rebuilding the Steel Pier -- my wife and I honeymooned at Atlantic City 56 years ago. So we went to see the new Steel Pier.

Some new kiddie rides and a Ferris wheel. What a disappointment.

Lack of Gravity

Amazingly, no obesity in sight.

What will they think of next?

Maybe beach blankets.

Steeplechase Pier Today

The famous pier is now gone, but today a restaurant, two bars, a gaming area, a coffee shop and a couple retail establishments occupy the pier's footprint.

Participation at the Shore

In New Jersey, you don't go "to the Shore," you go "down the Shore."

Rubber Beach Shoes

My great-grandmother is wearing the Crocs of the day in 1906.

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