2005-10-07 / Community

More Old Photos: A Boat And The Boardwalk


The day liner, “The State of  Pennsylvania,” getting ready to dock in Rockaway. These boats brought visitors from Brooklyn and other parts of the city to Rockaway for a day at the beach or at one of the peninsula’s many amusements. The note that accompanies the picture says that it is docking nearby Playland. In later years, the boats came in where Beach Channel High School now stands.The day liner, “The State of Pennsylvania,” getting ready to dock in Rockaway. These boats brought visitors from Brooklyn and other parts of the city to Rockaway for a day at the beach or at one of the peninsula’s many amusements. The note that accompanies the picture says that it is docking nearby Playland. In later years, the boats came in where Beach Channel High School now stands.Lorraine Bacalles Whalen, a former resident of Seaside, found this 1903 picture on an office calendar. Unlike today, the boardwalk was a “happening place” in the early 20th Century. Note the Steeplechase Baths, where one could rent a bathing suit for twenty-five cents. Piel Brothers Beer was all the rage and a tram operated along the beach side of the boardwalk for those who didn’t want to walk. We believe that the poles along the tracks provided nascent electrical power to the tracks and also provided illumination at night. At the far right of the picture is the Oriental Hotel. Notice also how people dressed to go on the boardwalk in those days. A walk on the boardwalk was a social event not to be marred by sloppiness of either dress or action.Lorraine Bacalles Whalen, a former resident of Seaside, found this 1903 picture on an office calendar. Unlike today, the boardwalk was a “happening place” in the early 20th Century. Note the Steeplechase Baths, where one could rent a bathing suit for twenty-five cents. Piel Brothers Beer was all the rage and a tram operated along the beach side of the boardwalk for those who didn’t want to walk. We believe that the poles along the tracks provided nascent electrical power to the tracks and also provided illumination at night. At the far right of the picture is the Oriental Hotel. Notice also how people dressed to go on the boardwalk in those days. A walk on the boardwalk was a social event not to be marred by sloppiness of either dress or action.

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