National Geographic : 1960 Jan
Gingerbread Castles Built on Sand Line Atlantic City's Surf-swept Shore Largest of New Jersey's seaside resorts, Atlantic City plays host to 16 million visitors a year. Sightseers dance to name bands, shop for Irish lace or Chinese jade, dine in fine restaurants, and frolic in the ocean's foam. Each summer lifeguards rescue some 1,200 swimmers. As many as three hundred thousand fun seekers jam the famous Boardwalk in a single day. Sixty feet wide and more than five miles long, the strip creates an ocean-front midway of noise and neon. Dating back to 1896, the structure will be rebuilt for the 1960 season. Founded 106 years ago, Atlantic City perches on an island stabilized by wooden piles against the nibbling of the sea. Its temperatures gentled by the huge thermostat of the Atlantic Ocean, the resort attracts many winter conventions. This view shows a stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway beyond the cupolas and gilded domes of beachfront hotels. Ride in a roller chair takes three board walkers off their weary feet. Iron-legged pushers wheel two thousand of the wicker-covered perambula tors through the Boardwalk's confusion. Originally reserved for convalescents, the chairs 42 made their debut in the 1880's. KODACHROMES BY NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERB. ANTHONYSTEWARTv N.G .S.