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!
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This Belle Freeman Estate postcard shows the Swiss Bob in the foreground and the Sky Diver at the other end of the Casino Pier. I know from reading the posts at some of the Jersey Shore and Seaside Heights Facebook sites that the Swiss Bob was the favorite amusement ride of many locals and visitors. Family friend Jimmy DeLucci (and maybe a friend of yours too) was one of the ride operators in the 1970s.
I think I have mentioned on this blog before that ever since Harry Smith (Jr.) got me hooked on collecting postcards four years ago I’ve amassed a lot of what is available out there – probably about 700 vintage Seaside Heights postcards. Thus, when I attend postcard and collectible shows these days, it’s not easy turning up postcards that I haven’t already purchased. But every now and then, like this past week, I get lucky and find something that I haven’t seen before. Here they are…four new postcards…recently purchased from an international postcard dealer. I especially like the first view. Between the Kohr’s Frozen Custard stand (left) and the cigarette stand (right) is the ice cream stand owned by a former 4th grade teacher from the Seaside Heights Elementary School – Miss Christie. She sold two specialty items that you’ll probably remember – (1) waffles and ice cream and (2) a unique treat that involved placing a rectangular slice of ice cream on top of a cone (the top of which was also shaped like a rectangle) and dipping the ice cream in chocolate and nuts. Once the chocolate and nuts hardened the finale was a tooth pick mounted maraschino cherry.
The next group of postcards that I scanned and will post during the week feature Funtown U.S.A. in the early 1960s through the 1970s. In the first set of postcards below you can see that the boardwalk has sprung to life in the evening hours. The Haunted Castle ride can be seen in several of the postcards. Magnify the views for better detail!