Saturday, October 22, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Boardwalk Bicyclists



Shadow Shot Sunday arrives courtesy of Tracy, down under in hopefully sunny Brisbane. Sun reminds me of family vacations on the New Jersey shore. That would include the Sea Gull cottages and the later Sea Gull Motel on Brigantine Island for normal kid beach activities.

Atlantic City was a playground in the 1940's, but by 1965, the glitz for grownups had disappeared - however, the kids loved the place as a vacation was fun. Casino's arrived starting in 1978, and perhaps saved the tourist destination - if rundown, I never cared.

We went to nearby Atlantic City for family diversions, Ralph I (the sage of Steubenville) was the photographer with his then state of the art German Exa SLR camera. One of these was early morning bicycle riding on the famous Boardwalk. The day probably started with a cool Atlantic Ocean mist (given the sweaters) but warmed up nicely. If I recall, the bikes had to be returned by 10:00.

The year is 1965, and the boardwalk was empty early. I assume the day started misty, as sweaters were donned for awhile. The day was a beauty with subtle shadows about. The girls all had matching outfits. I am in the upper left with a fourth grade sense of style - stripes and plaid? Even the patriarch rode a bike with someone else taking the shot.



Summer and shadows - a natural pairing. See shadows from all over at the fun Hey Harriet!


37 comments:

Kathe W. said...

great shots! Love the contrasts between the photos.

Chubby N Chieque said...

Hey Bro!

Am back from my adventures... hope coming back for good if no hindrance.

I saw your posts every week-end but didn't leave my footprints. Just wanna see how you & Patti enjoy life.

Isn't that cool with the old photos? B&W is absolutely beauty.

ENjoy your w/end.

Cheers,
/Chie

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shadow shots.

Ms. Becky said...

wow, these are fabulous vintage shots Ralph. oh the memories that must stir around for you when looking at these. happy SSS to you.

Sylvia K said...

Particularly these days it's so lovely to look back to a simpler, gentler world and I love your captures for the day! Great shadow shots and wonderful memories! Hope you and Patti and your family have a great weekend, Ralph!

Sylvia

Kay L. Davies said...

Aha, I thought that must be you in the upper left. Very 1960s, Ralph, LOL. I love the photos of your family on the famous boardwalk. In those days, living on the west coast of Canada, I could only dream of visiting Atlantic City and, to this day, it has remained a dream.
I enjoyed your shadow shots so much today. Thanks, Ralph!

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

fredamans said...

I love this post!
The contrast between the years is beautiful!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

You know we're lovin' these vintage photos Ralph! Oh to visit a day during this time :) Of all the times we've been out that way, we've never made it to the boardwalk...we'll have to put it on our list!!

Riet said...

LOvely old poto's . Love the bycicles and their shadows

Riet

frayedattheedge said...

I particularly like the little girl in the second photograph!

Beverley Baird said...

Love your vintage photos! Great to see these!

Cassie said...

Oh yes! Love the matching outfits. Your shorts almost matched your sister's too! Looked like a fun day for the whole family. It's good to have such happy memories captured on film. For some odd reason without proof,some of us only remember the bad times.:0( Have a good weekend Ralph.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Dear Ralph
These are wonderful pictures : )
They immediately reminded me of how much I loved my bike as a kid .. most people have relaxed , fun,expressions on their faces when they are riding bikes don't they ? .. I love seeing way back to 1965 there .. I was living in a very small coastal fishing village on Cape Breton Island .. my father was the administrator for the historical renovation of Fortress Louisbourg .. so having a bike meant the world to us .. no buses to say the least ! LOL
We were in great shape as kids ;-)
Joy

Catherine said...

I love these sixties black and white shot - so atmospheric of a bygone age - beautiful!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Wow! A boardwalk just for bike riders! Amazing idea! Love the vintage style of these photos showing just how beautiful simple pleasures can be! Fascinating photos!

Dimple said...

Love your old vacation shots, Ralph!

MyMaracas said...

What a wonderful look back at a simpler time. I'm sure they hold many special memories for you. These are just perfect in black and white.

forgetmenot said...

Always love the old photos--very nostalgic. Your sepia photos are great too--a nice change for pictures sometimes. I've never been to Atlantic City--love to go there. Mickie :)

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

All those family shots are winners, Ralph!

SHADOW, SHADOW

Shadow, shadow drawing near,
You are all alone, I fear;
Let me be your new-found friend—
I’ll stick with you to the end!


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadowy Sunflower

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Fantastic shadow shots Ralph, nothing like family memories.

Have a great week ahead.

Paula Scott said...

Very much so stylish, Ralph!! What wonderful memories and so fortunate that you still have them to share with us!

Sam said...

This is a wonderful post Ralph! Such an honour and treat to see these photos! It really was a boardwalk, wasn't it? It looks like you're all having such a fine time.

Your stripes and plaid are very on trend too! It's all mix and match this season I hear! :0)

Maggie said...

Delightful shots, Ralph.
Who doesn't like riding a bike by the seashore?
Have a great week.

Dianne said...

these shots are wonderful Ralph
I really love the sense of motion
and the b&w is fantastic

sarayutouched said...

love the boardwalk ralph!!! great shots, great memories!!! happy sss!!

Kelly said...

What great photos - I love all the bicycles! Let's see...the summer of 1965 is when my profile pic was taken, so no bicycling for me right then. I did have a tandem bike some years later, though.

What wonderful memories you've shared here. :)

LV said...

No matter the generation, people make great features.

Jeri ~ said...

Love these photos!! What fun and carefree shadows!

Really Rainey said...

Chasing shadows or shadows chasing you.
Rainey @ The Project Table

Jeanette said...

Wonderful shadow shots. That boardwalk has seen it's fair share of bikers enjoy a ride and the view. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing!

chubskulit said...

Wow, 1965? Beautiful scenes, it's like in the movies! Thanks for the wonderful comment Ralph!

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Ralph...those are wonderful shot... I love them! Thanks so much for sharing your vintage family photos :) The boardwalk looks like such a fun place.

BLOGitse said...

These are opposite of average. These pics are full of joy, feeling.
Have a good week!

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