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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.

Easter (1972)



Funtown USA 1968 Amusement Business Photo

This is a b/w night shot of Funtown USA from a page of the February 3, 1968, edition of Amusement Business magazine.

Big Eli Photos – Late 1950s

The larger No. 16 “Aristocrat” model Big Eli Wheel (left) was purchased by Tunney & Groffie in 1957. The wheel carried 672 25-watt lamps, with the outside circle white, 8-point star red, center circle yellow, and the center circle white, and  could be seen for miles in the evening.  Seats were standard red and green.  The No. 12 Big Eli Wheel (right) was an older model owned by Rundle & Tunney.      





From the Terry Groffie Collection

Big Eli Wheels @ Funtown 1961

A 1961 edition…












From the Terry Groffie Collection

Big Eli Wheels @ Funtown 1958

Big Eli News was published by the Eli Bridge Company, manufacturer of numerous versions of the Big Eli wheel.

In this configuration the two wheels are side by side at Funtown U.S.A.

From the Terry Groffie Collection

Double Ferris Wheel

I have to admit…I don’t remember this ride. I’ve tried, but I was only 4 years old when this photo appeared in the Review. Looks like a lot of fun though! I will dig through old copies of Amusement Business Magazine to see if there are any mentions of this ride – like what it’s really called (I made up “double ferris wheel”). Some of my “slightly older” friends from Seaside Heights may know.

Update (7/14/2011): Don W.  did a quick Google search. It’s called a Sky Wheel by the Wichita by Chance Manufacturing Company. These links get you to various YouTube videos showing similar double ferris wheels in action. Thanks Don!

From the Terry Groffie Collection

Boardwalk South View

A view facing south from behind the “Casino Pier Amusements” sign. Click here to compare with a similar view photographed at night. 

1968 Night View & Swiss Bob From AB Magazine

The following two posts are from the July 27, 1968, issue of Billboard’s “Amusement Business” weekly magazine. The magazine was a trade publication for amusement industry insiders. The first photo shows page 5 of the issue. The photo is a south facing evening view of the Seaside Heights boardwalk. The photo on the bottom right of page 5 features Edy Meier’s Swiss Bob ride that was located at Casino Pier. You can enlarge the photo with your mouse.