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Funtown USA Postcards

New acquisitions…


1915/1920 Aerial Photo Series (#2)

Photo #2.

Central Avenue Photos

These two photos are from the Leonard Ipri Family Collection.  Both photos show views from Central Avenue at times when the railroad track still cut through the town. You can expand the images with your mouse (left click over each image to enlarge the photo and text box).

Monnie’s Radio Cabs

During the eras when trains and buses delivered thousands of travelers to Seaside Heights every summer, several cab companies operated in town.  Monnie’s yellow cabs were familiar to residents and visitors in the 1950s and 1960s. 

Funtown Train Ride

The “Funtown Special” was a different version of the train ride that was popular among Jersey Shore visitors. The “Funtown Special” was a replica of a modern train that transported travelers along the Funtown Pier railroad track. Compare with the famous Iron Horse that is featured in previous posts.

Funtown Iron Horse

This is another great postcard showing the Funtown Iron Horse. More images of the train were posted on July 3, 2010.

40 & 8 Parade

The annual 40 & 8 convention in Seaside Heights included a promenade of parade trains along the Boulevard. This event was a favorite of children who lined the Boulevard waiting for members of the many 40 & 8 groups to throw candy from their trains and box cars. Formally known as “La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux,” the title “40 & 8” comes from the box cars that were used during the First World War to transport troops to the front in France. Each car had the emblem 40/8 stenciled on the sides, which meant that it could carry 40 men or 8 horses. These cars were known as forty-and-eights. They were seen by the troops as a miserable way to travel, and this organization of United States armed forces was thus called the 40&8 in an attempt to make some light of the common misery they had all shared. These views are from the early 1970s.