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1963 Golden Anniversary Vacation Ad

I scanned this colorful Seaside Heights page from a 1963 NJ vacation guide that I recently acquired. Note the reference to the town’s Golden Anniversary that year.  Next year Seaside Heights celebrates the Big 100!

1985 Seaside Heights Commercial & Raw Footage

This half hour video contains awesome film footage of Seaside Heights circa 1985. Nearly 2 hours of raw film footage was found by Peter Smith at the Seaside Heights Boro Hall and then cut into this video by Joe Verderosa of Greenrose Media.  The video includes a 1985 Seaside Heights TV commercial, great shots of the beach and boardwalk, Rainbow Rapids, Maruca’s Pizza, Razzles nightclub, Pac Man, Casino Pier, Sun-N-Fun signs, Barnegat Bay activities like crabbing, fishing, jet skiing, and power-sailing, and shots of some boardwalk concessions, the merry-go-round, Sonny’s & Rickey’s, Midway, and the rides.

Passing Of Dr. Norma B. Menghetti – Helped Restore Carousel

Thank you to Bob Sisco for forwarding me Dr. Menghetti’s obituary.

Norma Bergstrom Menghetti, 87, of Newtown Square, a veterinarian who helped restore a historic   carousel, died of complications from cancer Friday, Aug. 19, at Wellington Terrace in West Chester.

In the early 1980s, Dr. Menghetti became involved with the restoration of carved wooden animals on a vintage carousel on the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, N.J. She assisted Floyd L. Moreland in patching and painting the 18 stationary and 35 moving horses, two camels, a lion, and tiger – as well as two chariots and the 15 center-casing paintings. On weekends for a number of years, she operated the ride. The carousel, built in 1910, celebrated its 100th birthday last year.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Larry, and two grandchildren. Her husband died in 1993.

A funeral service was held today (Aug. 23rd) at the Toppitzer Funeral Home at Arlington, 2900 State Rd., Drexel Hill. Burial followed in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.

Donations may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, Dept. HACEE110501001, 2100 L St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037.

Floyd Moreland e-mailed me his thoughts after I forwarded him a link to Dr. Menghetti’s obituary, and I repeat them here with his permission: “Norma was a dear friend for decades and put her heart and soul into the renovation, upkeep, and operation of the carousel at Casino Pier. My heart was broken when I discovered she was dying. While in hospice during her final days, carousel music and videos were playing in her room. Even at the end, that ambience managed to elicit an occasional smile from her, even as she put smiles on the faces of thousands and thousands of people on the Seaside Heights boardwalk for many, many years.”

1915/1920 Aerial Photo Series (#1)

The following aerial images were extracted from a photograph that was provided to me by Dr. Floyd Moreland of the Magical Carousel Shoppe on the Boardwalk.  The photo is a very special historical document.  I’ve dated the photo to approximately 1915-1920.  It’s possible, if not likely, that the photo was taken by a passing blimp stationed at Cape May and possibly even Lakehurst. If you magnify the image you will see awesome detail of the town at a very early time in its history.  The town north of Hancock Avenue was nothing more than mosquito infested marshland and sand dunes.  The bay met the town on the southwest at Porter Avenue and on the west side of town along Bay Avenue.  You should be able to magnify this set of photos at least once before the photos become a blur of pixels.  I added street names as a reference.

Freeman’s Amusements and Funtown USA Views

The first postcard was mailed from Seaside Heights on September 8, 1964. Evelyn wrote to Mr. & Mrs. B. Wood in Fair Lawn, NJ: “This is a real lazy life. How have you been? If you take a ride down the address is 220 Sampson Ave. Regards from all.”  The south facing view shows Freeman’s Amusement Center before the June 9, 1955, fire.

The second postcard was postmarked in 1968 and shows the new Funtown USA that was built after the fire. Both postcards may be enlarged by clicking your mouse over the image.



Danceland opened in 1922 (see  my book at pages 84-86 for Danceland history). Danceland and the stores and eateries on the building’s first floor were evidence of the success of the carousel that was located directly across the boardwalk at Freeman’s Amusement Center. A vision of what Seaside Heights would become quickly too shape.


Freeman’s Amusement Center At Night

These postcards colorfully show Freeman’s Amusement Center at night from opposite ends of the boardwalk. The first view depicts a bustling Freeman’s Amusement Center facing south toward Strand Baths with the former Danceland building occupying the right side of the card. A similar, but older, view appears in my book on page 86 (top). The second postcard is a view facing north toward the carousel building. The two-story structure that housed Danceland is on the left side of the card behind the Ferris wheel. Compare with the postcard on page 88 (bottom) of my book.