2010-04-09 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

“View of Beach from Boat,” Rockaway Point, Long Island
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
T he title of this particular illustrated picture postcard was more than likely a legal immigrant’s way of writing the English language. Don’t you think so? But I bet when he finished school and learned how to read and write and speak the English language… to get the papers of a naturalized citizen… He then proceeded to start his own postcard publishing company.

The photograph was taken from a boat tied up at Reid’s Dock, on the bay end of Reid Avenue at Rockaway Point. Reid’s Original Point Pavilion, with the three small dormer type windows, has been enlarged into the new Rockaway Point Inn shown in this early 1920s view.

To the left or east of Reid’s was Frieberg’s Pavilion, and both Reid and Frieberg date back to the early 1900s at the point.

The sign on the building to the left of Reid’s looks like oriental letters, and was deliberately obliterated by Reid… who published the postcard.

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