Saturday, June 16, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Jersey Shore


The scanned and archived is for this week's Shadow Shot Sunday 2.The time is 1956, the place 23rd Street in the seaside island hamlet of Brigantine New Jersey. 

The house was small, guessing about 925 sq ft (86 M sq). It was one block from the bayside beach, three blocks to the Atlantic. Grandpa always lamented that he should have bought the house for vacations (the grandkids these days, looking for an inexpensive holiday today, would not have minded if he had :)

The cast today includes Michele (2-1/2 years), myself (1-1/2), Aunt Terry (14) and the timeless photo impresario grandfather (ageless). The playtime outside was provided by Terry, watching the kids at play while interlopers stopped by to chat...

After a day at play, the kids are dressed and hopefully winding down to slumberland, soon hopes the parental units. Grandpa was ready to chronicle the sleep ready children, the smiling kids equally...I chose to not crop out the date stamp on one picture - as if the era really needed description.


The home might have been small - but plenty big for toddlers...

The photographer is shown in the front of many long gone hotels in nearby Atlantic City sans casinos...

This was the casual gentleman dress with a wool sport jacket, plaid shirt (buttoned), wool driving cap and Exa SLR. Stylish and refined manor with a satisfied look that meant this family visiting to NJ was a great trip - with shadows inside and out. Thanks for this fun meme to all our hosts!

19 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a fun look back, Ralph! I love the old B&W shots of a simpler world! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Kelly said...

I just love how you share these photos from your childhood - makes me want to go pull out my photo albums from my own.

Atlantic City is a place I've never visited.

robin. said...

what wonderful memories...such little cuties...full of childhood wonderment.

frayedattheedge said...

I love seeing old photos, with their glimpses into past times!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

awww...thanks Ralph for sharing this ~ you know how geeked we are about old photos! We were at an estate sale last week and bought a box of old photos....no one wanted!!! We can't even fathom a family not wanting pictures, but it happens all to often!
We laugh when we remember vacations with the whole family ~ aunts, uncles and cousins....it's funny because we have such different memories than our parents do of the vacation ~ I believe ours were better ~ ha! Now, as we take vacations with our families, we completely understand!! We're heading off next month to Cape May NJ....first time being along the NJ coast, and looking forward to it!
Oh, and Happy Father's Day Ralph ~ Enjoy your day!

Dimple said...

A good time for kids, even Aunt Terry is having fun!

Blessings!

John McElveen said...

Thank you Ralph for the trip back to times that was around my birth date in 1954. It is awesome to see through someone Else's lens when you were 2 years old!!!

Great job!

J

Dianne said...

that would be one amazing summer house!!
I love the well dressed gentleman in AC

Catherine said...

I love these retro shots - beautiful!!

Gemma Wiseman said...

O what a wonderful memory these photos symbolise! Love the front fence cast of smiling faces and the last photo almost seems to represent a Scottish gentleman's outfit! A fascinating collection!

Paula Scott said...

Very stylish, indeed! Love the trip down memory lane too! Too bad the grand kids don't have that vacation home! ; )

Quasi Serendipita said...

Lovely series Ralph! That last shot is super.

Lighthousegal said...

Love the older photos. Looking back a days gone by seeing how things have changed. Especially hair and clothing styles as well as household decorations. They remind me of my own childhood.
Happy Sunday!

BLOGitse said...

Good memories again...Photographs are excellent way to save our lives.
Happy Sunday!

eJoops said...

Wonderful old photos with grand memories!

My Shadows...

chubskulit said...

Such a nice post to commemorate the Father's day. Have a good one Ralph, enjoy your day!

Beverley Baird said...

How great it is to look back and see your history. Wonderful photos!
Happy Father's Day Ralph!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Your journeys back in time are always fascinating and informative. Happy Father's Day!

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Maria Gagliano said...

Thanks for the tour. I love those black and white photos and the stories.