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The Wild, Wild East: 1911

The Wild, Wild East: 1911

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1911. "Savoy Theatre, Schlitz & Young's hotels." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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On the side

Neat! I'm a side saddle rider and I always scan any photo with horses for a glimpse of side saddles or ladies riding aside. Cool to see a side saddle in its original time.

The lady is most likely holding a "hunt whip," which is different from a crop. Hunt whips have an L-shaped handle, usually made of antler, which is handy for hooking onto gates to open them without dismounting. The lash of the hunt whip is used to control the hounds on a hunt.

Weird that the two side saddles that freaked out Rip seem to be "for hire." Riding side saddle is not something you can just hop and and do without some training.

Boardwalk Empire

Is that Nucky Thompson looking out the hotel window?

For the fairer sex

Ladies' side-saddles to be exact.

Re: I'm Freaked Out

Oh, good. I saw too many '50's sci-fi flicks without my mom's permission
and she always warned me they'd warp my brain.


I must say, the young woman all decked out in classic riding habit at the center is stylin' indeed. Complete with riding crop*, useful should that chap get fresh.

*You can easily make out the handle in her hand, but as she's swinging it slightly, the rest is blurred and blends in with the folds of her skirt.

I'm freaked out

What the devil IS this?

[Two saddles. - Dave]

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