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.169p2_xlg.jpg

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