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QUITE POSSIBLY THE MOST TRAVELED POSTCARD DESIGN

 The Rockaways had four GREETINGS FROM postcards…..Far Rockaway, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park & The Rockaways.  If you search Google-images for, “old greetings from postcards,” a very large colorful selection of this postcard design will appear from every well-known town, state and vacation destination on earth. Some of these “Greetings From” postcards can be graded from 1 to 5(1 being in perfect/unused condition) and could be worth from $1 – $75 dollars.

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A ROCKAWAY BEACH CONNECTION TO A FAMOUS EXPLORER

Dr. Frederick A. Cook worked at his brother’s milk and dairy store in Seaside during the summer between his medical school semesters. He later joined the medical staff on a few polar expeditions before he went on his own and was in contention with Robert E Peary on the 1908 discovery of the North Pole. Cook was believed to have made the discovery first. This certainly makes a great trivia question.

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BEFORE CELL PHONES, FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM

 We had to mail our roll of film in an orange envelope, stamped and addressed to Kodak Photo Processing Centers, with a personal check or money order to pay for the pictures and return postage. THEN…wait 2-3 weeks for the photos to return to us. Oh, the anxiety! Back in the EARLY days in Far Rockaway & Rockaway Beach, there were three forms of communication to inform family and friends that you attended The Seashore Resort. You could write a letter, mail a post card or have a TinType photograph etched onto a flat thin piece of metal by using certain acidic chemicals. A sample Tintype is...

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FRANK SINATRA & THE JEROME’S BIBO HOUSE – ARVERNE 1916

Bibo’s Jerome Hotel was right on the boardwalk at Beach 62nd  Street in Arverne. A break water and an under the building bulkhead speaks volumes about the fear of beach erosion from heavy surf. In 1968, a 20th Century Fox Motion Picture titled, “The Detective,” starring Frank Sinatra in the lead role playing a New York City Detective, was partially filmed at this hotel and on the beach. At that time there was a wide enough beach to run out on. The movie also starred Lee Remick, Ralph Meeker, Jack Klugman, Horace McMahon, Robert Duvall, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jacqueline Bisset and The Half Moon...

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ROCKAWAY’S FIRST ROLLER COASTER. “THE THRILLER” 1909

 Seaside’s first roller coaster was the Thriller in 1909. The Thriller replaces a scenic railway (1904) that replaced a switchback ride (1893). Next door on Beach 104th Street and the midway was a motorcycle daredevil attraction. In 1927, the Thriller was torn down and a new electric automobile attraction was opened at its site.

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ATLANTIC CITY – BACK IN THE DAY

 Today’s view is of the OLD STEEL PIER AT ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY before casinos and a concrete pier came to be! This old postcard photo was taken at night from a position atop of an old hotel; possibly THE VENTNOR! At lower left is the WARNER THEATRE and the boardwalk, the lower right is the STEEPLECHASE PIER.  The steel pier, as you can see, had many features. The pier was ravaged by many coastal storms over the years and survived….until Atlantic City was rebuilt by the gambling casino community!

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GRADUATING CLASS OF 1948 – P.S. 44 – WHO’s WHO??

 Today’s view is the Graduating Class of P.S. 44, in 1948, Queens, NY. Formally located on Beach 94th Street & Rockaway Beach Boulevard. We only know of one student’s identity. Second row from the bottom, first student on left is Margaret Patricia Henderer, aka… “Patricia Terino.” Can anyone identify the other students?  Email: kterino1964@gmail.com

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