2011-07-29 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Who are they? What are they? … and where are they?
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

This old photo was found in a group of Rockaway Beach picture postcards, and when I questioned the dealer about it, he stated it came from an album of Rockaway postcards he purchased some time ago.

A look with a glass reveals swimmers in the background, a bulkhead and old steamboat on the left, and some sort of shack or building on the right. The young men appear to be dressed in running uniforms, with a club emblem on the breastbone area of their shirts and spiked running shoes.

The emblem is in the shape of a Celtic or Maltese cross, with a small ring behind it. There is lettering and numbers on each arm of the cross and only a few are readable. A small emblem in the shape of a keystone is in the center of the cross. Can anyone help with this organization identification?

This particular type of photo postcard dates back to the early 1900s, and is the old sepia-tone type.

The sandy area shown is the type that the Rockaway bayfront had in some areas as landfill. Perhaps this was an event held on a holiday that featured racing … or could this have been a rugby game held in Old Irishtown, Seaside, U.S.A.

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