Saturday, January 3, 2015

Beach at Coney Island

Welcome to Coney Island Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at images from the recreation spot of past days. The picture above shows the beach around 1900. These pictures really show how much our culture has changed. You are struck by the level of modesty, and the proper attire worn by even those that are not swimming.


  1. It looks a little chilly to be spending time in the water.

  2. Either that or there was a felt need to be pretty covered up because of modesty. At least the guy on the left is wearing just a shirt, bow tie, and jacket, with a straw boater, not a full suit with a vest. And the kids in the middle foreground aren't totally covered up, either. The two women closest to the water are wearing stockings, but their dresses only come to the knees and the elbows, and don't have necklines covering their necks. I do imagine that the water was pretty cold, though, on a cloudy day like this. I would imagine that the main idea was to get out of the over-crowded neighborhood with its smells and garbage. There would be way too many people here for my taste but it would probably be less crowded than the home neighborhood. For the most part, only the lower middle class went to Coney Island. The rich went to private estates that had waterfront access where they could keep out people like this.


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