Saturday, November 16, 2013
Summer is but a memory, but we can still enjoy some vintage photos of people having fun at the beach! Smear on some SPF-50 lotion and let's go.
I think it's safe to say that this first picture is from somewhere on the East Coast - where exactly, I can't say. I love the varying patterns and colors of the umbrellas! It is not difficult to imagine the sound of the waves, the smell of the salt water and seaweed, the cry of gulls, the hissing of nearby giant squid, and the warmth of the sand beneath one's feet.
Here's another undated photo, labeled "Dolly and Rod". Rod's shirt seems to feature some old military insignia, some marines in action, and even a duck that strongly resembles Donald. Let's go get an ice cream bar at the snack hut! Eat if fast, you don't want the ice cream to fall off the stick.
Now we're at the beach in Atlantic City, NJ (probably in the early 1950's). Speaking of ice cream bars, gramps and the kids are enjoying their sweet treats while mom and grandma resist temptation. Looks like the umbrella was a rental. Notice the sign just above mom's head featuring the grinning face of "Tillie" the mascot of Steeplechase Park (named after owner George Tilyou). The park opened in 1897, but closed forever in 1964; in its heyday it was "...one of the most influential amusement parks of all time".