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Incredible footage from 1919 of the Atlantic City boardwalk

This video popped up in my social feed this weekend and I just had to share. It’s pretty incredible to think that Atlantic City has been a summer destination in New Jersey for over 100 years. So cool to see what life was like back then, men wearing suits and women in long sleeved dresses; no one talking on cellphones or buried in their tablets, people just enjoying the sun, ocean and each other’s company.

This video was shot in 1919 which was the first year that prohibition was enacted nationally. However, with alcohol being smuggled into Atlantic City you could still find it in the bars and restaurants across town which added to its popularity even further in the coming years.

Also we get a look at the relatively new Lucy the Elephant which actually isn’t in Atlantic City, but two miles south in Margate City. It was used at the time to promote real estate sales as potential buyers could be taken to the top where parcels available for sale could be seen. Today it’s a museum and remains the oldest surviving roadside attraction in America.

I hope you enjoyed this look back at our most famous NJ destination. Maybe you’re even enjoying Atlantic City this July 4th weekend! I’ll be down there Friday night, July 7 as I broadcast my show LIVE from Tropicana Casino & Resort 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. We’ll see you there!

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