Over the weekend I am adding a few items to the existing auction. Click here for the link to my EBay auction. I’ve donated the items, so all proceeds (every nickel) will benefit First Lady Mary Pat Christie’s “Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.” Thanks to those who have bid and will bid!
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Occasionally, a little luck finds its way to me. I recently purchased this edition of Amusement Business magazine solely because it was published in 1967 – the year I was born (I was two months old when this edition was published). But as I was flipping through the pages today I came across these two photos captioned “Beach Boys” – and I was simply amazed! You can enlarge the photos with your mouse.
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 The photo is a very special historical document.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.
This postcard is unused so there is no postmark to help pinpoint the year the photos were taken. However, if you watch the Freeman’s Amusement Center Fire video you can see the rides featured in the bottom photo at the end of the video in scenes showing the post-fire reconstruction. That makes me think that the bottom photo was likely shot at least two months following the June 1955 fire and maybe within the following two or three year period. If you magnify the postcard you can also see a sign for Beachcomber Bar.