Saturday, November 13, 2010

Doo wopian era....

Over the summer on A family week stay in Wildwood, New Jersey my wife and I woke up early so we could drive around and photograph all the old Doo Wop era themed motels, and inns that characterize the landscape of Wildwood, New Jersey. In the 50's Wildwood was the East Coast's place to be. From the late 1940s through the 1960s, the "Five-Mile Beach" prospered in the Post-World-War-II economic boom. The middle class was growing and they loved their vacations at the Jersey Shore. Tourists flocked to the sprawling beaches and amusement piers that made this island famous.
Even more famous was the night life. The Wildwoods' entertainment scene earned it the nickname the "Las Vegas of the East". It is the birthplace of Bill Haley and The Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" and Chubby Checker's "The Twist." Places like the Riptide Club, The HofBrau and The Bolero hosted many of the era's great performers. The old signage and architecture is too cool, each one has it's own gimmick or theme designed to create fantasy enough to lure the average family or traveler in for A stay. This style of signage and architecture has gone by the wayside in recent years due to new development and newer technologies in the sign trade. In your travels it is fun to take notice of your surroundings and even dream back to the time in which they preospered and pinnacled. Here are some of the pics we took, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. What more can you ask for neat fonts, themes, and gimmicks, without all the smoke and mirrors of corporate America. Viva Americana luxuryana...


































































2 comments:

jenibender said...

Awesome pics. I can't believe how many of those places i've stayed. It's crazy. I hope you and the fam are doing great! Miss you guys.

Know Your Legends said...

Wow thats awesometown!! Miss that shit