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Seaside Heights tells the history of a timeless seashore resort community located on a barrier island nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. The 224-acre town was settled by residents of Philadelphia and Camden, who purchased white-sand lots to escape city life for the brisk ocean breezes and tranquility that Seaside Heights offered prior to World War II. Seaside Heights uses the scenes captured in vintage postcards, some of them very rare, as a study of the changes that have occurred in the town since its incorporation in 1913.
About the Author
Christopher J. Vaz is a member of the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company, served the community on the borough council and as borough administrator, and enthusiastically collects Seaside Heights postcards and paper memorabilia. His knowledge of local history and the boardwalk amusements adds an enlightening narration to the postcards and photographs that appear in this book.
Table of Contents
1 The Advent 9
2 The Hamilton Avenue Gateway 21
3 The Bay Bridge 25
4 The Bay Shore 31
5 Around the Town 37
6 Seaside Heights Railroad Station 61
7 Places to Eat, Drink, and Sleep 65
8 Freeman's Amusement Center 81
9 Seaside Heights Casino and Pool 99
10 Boardwalk and Beach Scenes 111
Appendix: Seaside Heights Postcard Publishers 126