2009-04-03 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Long Gone Edgemere Hotels Of Yesteryear … The 1920s
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

This historical view of old Edgemere Hotels should be classed as an hysterical view. Yours truly says that, because he has been collecting antique postcards of the Rockaways for a quarter of a century.

The card is exceptional or unique, in the fact that our camera is on the beach at Roche's bathing pavilion in Far Rockaway, and looking up Beach 30 Street in Edgemere, towards Seagirt Avenue - thereat! Figure that one out as the manufacturer of postcards who is very cost conscious!

The secret is that two photographs were used to makeup this one new postcard. The bottom half is Roche's Beach and the top half is of the old Palace and Shelbourne Hotels which straddled Beach 30 Street in the old Edgemere section of Rockaway Beach. The hotels have replaced the boardwalk ramp and beach towards the foot of Beach 30 Street. The two were conjoined with the aid of an artist.

"Seeing is believing" used to be the general rule for most things, but with today's picture makeups using a computer looking more and more as the actual thing, imagine if computers were available to postcard publishers in the early 1900s?

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