Jen A. Miller
Historic Photos of Jersey Shoreby Joe Czachowski
For well over a century, the lure of scenic beaches and ocean waves have drawn visitors to the Jersey Shore. Presidents had summer homes where they could escape the pressures of office. Other visitors decided to stay, often building ornate, Victorian mansions that today are as much an intrinsic part of the area's charm as the lighthouses that guided ships to safe
For well over a century, the lure of scenic beaches and ocean waves have drawn visitors to the Jersey Shore. Presidents had summer homes where they could escape the pressures of office. Other visitors decided to stay, often building ornate, Victorian mansions that today are as much an intrinsic part of the area's charm as the lighthouses that guided ships to safe harbors. Historic Photos of Jersey Shore captures both the history and the magic of this unique section of America, utilizing rarely seen, striking, black-and-white photographs selected from local, state and national collections. Relive the days when the boardwalks were new and watch as wondrous seaside attractions rise to provide visitors with a wealth of amusements. Stroll the shaded streets of small towns where year-round residents call the Shore home. Join farm workers as they harvest cranberries and blueberries. Set sail with the oyster fleets. Witness the devastation of Atlantic storms and visit the military installations that protected this cherished shoreline. Experience the excitement and beauty that is the Jersey Shore.
Jen A. Miller
This book is a charming time capsule, indispensable to historic restorationists as well as those of us for whom "down the shore" is an ingrained part of our lives and for whom its evolutions - its ups and downs - are fascinating for their own sake. This book, whether for a gift to a fellow shore lover or for one's own enjoyment, is an excellent chance to see how it all used to be.
Meet the Author
Joe Czachowski grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and attended Kean University, leaving after one year. He worked in Belleville, New Jersey, for twenty years in quality control before the company relocated. Upon receiving a grant to continue his education, he graduated in 2000 with a BA in History. Following his wife's passing, he returned to school and graduated in 2003 with a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. He worked as a graduate assistant on an oral history project dealing with Vietnam veterans and used his interviews to make a documentary film as his thesis, titled Vietnam: Much Confusion, the Search for Relief. Prior to graduation he was asked to teach, a policy usually not followed at the university. He has been an adjunct professor in the History Department ever since. He resides in New Jersey with his son Kevin, and his cat, Lacey.
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Lots of historical detail as well as great photos of the Jersey Shore. I was surprised at the diversity of images since I was expecting mostly beach scenes. I especially enjoyed the down to earth writing style of Mr. Czachowski. You can feel his love of the shore in his home state throughout the book. I highly recommend this to history buffs, naturalists, and people who have moved away from the state and are looking for a glance at what they might very well be missing.