The Last Days of Summer | Sarah Weatherwax

August 28, 2014 2:02 PM

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The Last Days of Summer | Sarah Weatherwax

As summer winds down, many of us along the east coast are thinking of making one final trip to the shore, a thought shared by our ancestors as well. The New Jersey shore, accessible in the late 19th century by ferries, steamships, and trains and in the 20th century by automobile, has long appealed to Philadelphia- area residents hoping to escape from the sweltering city. The wealthy built summer homes along the shore, while the less well-off found rental quarters, or even enjoyed a visit to the seaside as a one day getaway. Although the rules of etiquette were undoubtedly somewhat loosened at the beach, modesty was not completely abandoned. Portable bathing machines provided privacy for those who wanted to change out of their street clothes into bathing suits to then be pulled into the water while still within the confines of the wagon. Bathing Houses - Atlantic City, albumen print stereograph, ca. 1863. Library Company of Philadelphia.

As summer winds down, many of us along the east coast are thinking of making one final trip to the shore, a thought shared by our ancestors as well. The New Jersey shore, accessible in the late 19th century by ferries, steamships, and trains and in the 20th century by automobile, has long appealed t...

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