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Carnival of Souls: 1904

Carnival of Souls: 1904

The Jersey Shore circa 1904. "On the beach, Atlantic City." Everyone please turn to face the time-portal! Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.


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Years from now, I wonder what conclusions people will make about our generation just by looking at a picture of us on a beach.


What would these lovely people make of Snooki?

His mother's hat all packed with sand

Little Bobby vowed one day to return to Atlantic City as soon as plastic was invented and make a fortune selling beach toys. That was his dream, and everyone there that day would thank him, although, sadly, nobody would remember his name. Except his mom, upstairs in the bathroom still trying to get the pungent New Jersey sand out of her hair. Yes, she was pretty sure it was Bobby.


I only see only one "beer belly" in this group. It shows how our ancestors were fit through hard work and the lack of the food temptations we have today!

Feeding frenzy

I bet sharks miss the days of those wool bathing suits. It was probably the only fiber they had in their diets.

Not here

The nearest Brazilian must be 3,000 miles away.

Steel Pier provides the atmosphere

Atlantic City's famed Steel Pier in the background.


at the kid by the boat!

Bathhouse fashion dominates

A lot of the women have the same bathing attire. So do the men. I doubt if Gucci or Ralph Lauren had a popular "must have" style for beachwear in 1904 so I assume that a local bathhouse had a hot deal on rentals that day.

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