2012-04-20 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Unusual Photos Taken By Rockaway Residents Make The Wave Interesting
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

If you are a halfway decent photographer, your eye becomes trained to pick up unusual items or scenes that make a good picture for your portfolio or scrapbook. Even though you are not a professional photographer, these out of the ordinary pix are worthy of praise and publication in The Wave.

Over my lifespan of many years, I have run across many persons that I would class as woodenheads; one day many summers ago, I ran into a good one. And photographed the phenomenon for posterity!

Although poor old ‘Cawliga’ of the song never got a kiss and was an advertisement for cigars being sold in the store in front of which he stood, this fellow got smacked in the kisser many times by storm waves in Jamaica Bay.

Flattop or better yet, Pruneface, works for Bulkheads Incorporated. And his job is to keep the Bayfront from eroding away in Arverne. His main and only problem is that someone has to watch his back constantly, and if this is not done his backbone rots away – which no chiropractor can fix. And he will eventually fall down on the job! This has happened to his neighboring fellows and Pruneface is getting worried.

But not to worry, pal! Your picture will make us remember you always, as the keeper of the land that almost fell into the bay! And you look a lot better than Howdy Doody!

I am sorry to report that Pruneface met his demise in the latter part of the twentieth century. R.I.P.

If You have Any Old Photos
or Historical Information About The Rockaways
Please Send It To: HISTORICAL ROCKAWAY C/O THE WAVE P.O. BOX 930097
ROCKAWAY BEACH, N.Y. 11693


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