Sunday, February 5, 2012

Whimsical Windows - Old Hotel



Whimsical Windows-Delirious Doors is a fun meme hosted by Toby. And these pictures have a whimsical family history behind them.

Grandpa liked to take lots of pictures at vacation time, and that included this hotel in the old (pre-Casino) Atlantic City, long gone Shelburne hotel. Today the Boardwalk is full of glass and steel casino hotels, and portals like this are not included. I guess each photo was taken from the mid-1950s (R) to the mid-1960s (L). I remember our large family of kids were witness to this phenomenon.

I never knew what the fascination was for Grandpa. However, a couple of years age my Aunt Terry explained it to me: “Grandpa liked to think that he could hang with the wealthy. The Shelburne Bar was a wealthy hangout. So, he always had his picture taken there, but didn't always go in to have an expensive drink”. So that explains it! I kind of wish the old seaside resort town were there now instead of the new…
Also posted as part of Tina's 29 Days meme

7 comments:

Lesley said...

That is funny! We all have our dreams, eh?!

Willow said...

I think we all have our little fanatasies--Grandpa's is recorded for posterity :)

toby said...

Oh, you're right Ralph, those really are whimsical! Your Grandpa is a very handsome guy, too :)
Thanks so much for participating in WWDD!

VioletSky-Sightlines said...

What a fun idea! Good thing there was no doorman to interrupt his fantasy photo.

Robin said...

How funny, he must have been a real character :).

I like the way the two images mirror each other.

mary said...

nice story, thanks for sharing...

Marc Winokur said...

I probably have the same memories as a kid going to the Shelburne my Grandfather would rent out what seamed an entire floor for the family in the 60's each Holiday. We would rent bikes with Banana seats and fly kites all day. We had Sheryl Temples from the bar and ate Mock Turtle soup with a little sherry. I remember each room having salt water on tap.They would give your coupons for Seal pier and a free box of Salt Water Taffy. What a fantastic place!