Few American resort cities rival the romantic splendor of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Since 1854, this island has evoked dreams and memories of days lived amid white sand beaches, a vibrant boardwalk, exciting amusement piers, and grand hotels. Atlantic City is a nostalgic return to the pre-casino days that now seem relatively innocent. The founders believed that the city, with its healthful sea breezes and balmy days, would become a grand health resort. Recognition was slow coming, but by 1900, Atlantic City was known throughout much of the world as "The Queen of American Resorts." With huge hotels lining the Boardwalk and unique amusement piers jutting into the ocean, the city thrived on what one promoter called "ocean, emotion, and constant promotion." Nearly 200 photographs recall the days when bathers frolicked on the beach in drab clothing, the Boardwalk was alive with throngs of happy visitors, and Miss America actually strolled the Boardwalk amid the crowds.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.
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