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Stunning Historical Photos Of Atlantic City From 1900s

Atlantic City is a resort city with a population of around 40,000, near the southern tip of New Jersey. The first boardwalk was built in the 1870s along a portion of the beach stretches along four miles of the Jersey shore. The city’s golden age was the 1920s when federal law made both gambling and alcohol illegal. After that hotels, resort properties After that hotel, resort properties. The first fifteen years of the 20th century saw massive economic growth. Prohibition was largely unenforced in Atlantic City, hotels, and restaurants openly served liquor. After World War Two ended, the economy of the Atlantic city collapsed. By the 1960s, Atlantic City was in disrepair, hotels and resorts were being demolished. The town became plagued with poverty, crime, and corruption. In 1976 a legislation was passed, which legalized gambling; however, tourism remains the mainstay of the economy.

Here below are some historical photographs of old Atlantic City at the beginning of the 20th century.

#1 The Boardwalk and Hotel Shelburne, Atlantic City circa 1910

The Boardwalk and Hotel Shelburne, Atlantic City circa 1910

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#2 Brighton Casino, Atlantic City. The Jersey Shore circa 1905

Brighton Casino, Atlantic City. The Jersey Shore circa 1905

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#3 Boardwalk and Hotel Chalfonte. Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1904

Boardwalk and Hotel Chalfonte. Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1904

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#4 Beach bathers and Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905

Beach bathers and Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905

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#5 The Boardwalk and Auditorium Pier, Atlantic City, 1901

The Boardwalk and Auditorium Pier, Atlantic City, 1901

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#6 Boardwalk at Green’s Hotel, Atlantic City, 1904

Boardwalk at Green's Hotel, Atlantic City, 1904

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#7 Ponies on the beach at Atlantic City, The Jersey Shore circa 1905

Ponies on the beach at Atlantic City, The Jersey Shore circa 1905

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#8 Pennsylvania Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1904

Pennsylvania Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1904

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#9 The bathing hour, Atlantic City. The Jersey Shore circa 1908

The bathing hour, Atlantic City. The Jersey Shore circa 1908

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#10 The Shelburne, Michigan Avenue at Boardwalk, Atlantic City circa 1905

The Shelburne, Michigan Avenue at Boardwalk, Atlantic City circa 1905

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#11 A life saver on the lookout, Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905

A life saver on the lookout, Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905

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#12 Bathing beach and Steeplechase Pier. Atlantic City circa 1908

Bathing beach and Steeplechase Pier. Atlantic City circa 1908

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#13 The Dennis, Atlantic City, 1901

The Dennis, Atlantic City, 1901

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#14 Atlantic City circa 1905

Atlantic City circa 1905

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#15 Marlborough-Blenheim hotel and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1908

Marlborough-Blenheim hotel and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1908

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#16 Boardwalk and big hotels, Atlantic City circa 1906

Boardwalk and big hotels, Atlantic City circa 1906

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#17 St. Charles and Rudolf hotels, Atlantic City, 1910

St. Charles and Rudolf hotels, Atlantic City, 1910

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#18 Surf bathers at beach, possibly Atlantic City, 1910

Surf bathers at beach, possibly Atlantic City, 1910

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#19 Hotel Islesworth, Atlantic City, 1901

Hotel Islesworth, Atlantic City, 1901

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#20 Surf bathers at crowded beach, Atlantic City, 1910

Surf bathers at crowded beach, Atlantic City, 1910

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#21 Atlantic City bathing beach and Steeplechase Pier, 1908

Atlantic City bathing beach and Steeplechase Pier, 1908

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#22 Pier at the inlet, Atlantic City, 1904

Pier at the inlet, Atlantic City, 1904

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#23 The beach and Steeplechase Pier, 1910

The beach and Steeplechase Pier, 1910

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#24 Atlantic Avenue, 1908

Atlantic Avenue, 1908

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#25 Hotel Chalfonte and Boardwalk, Atlantic City circa 1905

Hotel Chalfonte and Boardwalk, Atlantic City circa 1905

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#26 The Islesworth and Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City, 1901

The Islesworth and Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City, 1901

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#27 Young’s Hotel and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1904

Young's Hotel and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1904

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#28 Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1904

Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1904

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#29 Seaside Hotel (Seaside House), Atlantic City circa 1907

Seaside Hotel (Seaside House), Atlantic City circa 1907

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#30 Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel, Atlantic City, The Jersey Shore circa 1905

Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel, Atlantic City, The Jersey Shore circa 1905

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#31 Bathers at Atlantic City, 1910

Bathers at Atlantic City, 1910

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#32 Bathing beauties playing on sawhorse, 1905

Bathing beauties playing on sawhorse, 1905

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#33 Hotel Dennis, The Atlantic City Boardwalk circa 1908

Hotel Dennis, The Atlantic City Boardwalk circa 1908

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#34 Shelburne, Dennis and Marlborough-Blenheim hotels, Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1908

Shelburne, Dennis and Marlborough-Blenheim hotels, Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1908

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#35 On the beach at Atlantic City, The Jersey Shore circa 1905

On the beach at Atlantic City, The Jersey Shore circa 1905

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#36 A sand man, Atlantic City, The Jersey Shore circa 1906

A sand man, Atlantic City, The Jersey Shore circa 1906

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#37 A group of big hotels, Atlantic City, 1910

A group of big hotels, Atlantic City, 1910

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#38 Crowded beach, Atlantic City, 1905

Crowded beach, Atlantic City, 1905

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#39 Giddap, Atlantic City circa 1905

Giddap, Atlantic City circa 1905

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#40 On the beach, Atlantic City, 1906

On the beach, Atlantic City, 1906

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#41 Atlantic City circa 1905

Atlantic City circa 1905

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#42 Atlantic City bathers peering a century into the future, 1906

Atlantic City bathers peering a century into the future, 1906

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#43 Virginia Avenue strollers (and rollers) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905.

Virginia Avenue strollers (and rollers) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905.

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#44 Grand Atlantic Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905

Grand Atlantic Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905

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#45 Rolling chairs on the Boardwalk, Atlantic City. The Jersey shore circa 1906

Rolling chairs on the Boardwalk, Atlantic City. The Jersey shore circa 1906

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#46 Along the beach, Atlantic City, 1905

Along the beach, Atlantic City, 1905

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#47 Atlantic City, N.J, 1908

Atlantic City, N.J, 1908

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#48 Bathers at Atlantic City, 1906

Bathers at Atlantic City, 1906

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#49 On the beach at Atlantic City, 1905

On the beach at Atlantic City, 1905

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#50 Ponies on the beach, Atlantic City, 1905

Ponies on the beach, Atlantic City, 1905

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#51 Atlantic City, N.J., 1906

Atlantic City, N.J., 1906

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#52 Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1907

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1907

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#53 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1905

Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1905

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#54 Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1907

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1907

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#55 Hotel busses at P.R. depot, Atlantic City, 1906

Hotel busses at P.R. depot, Atlantic City, 1906

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#56 Haddon Hall and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1907

Haddon Hall and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1907

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#57 Hotel Chalfonte and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1907

Hotel Chalfonte and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1907

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#58 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, 1910

Steel Pier, Atlantic City, 1910

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#59 Garden Hotel, Atlantic City, 1904

Garden Hotel, Atlantic City, 1904

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#60 Atlantic City bathers, 1910

Atlantic City bathers, 1910

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#61 Steeplechase Pier and bathers, Atlantic City, 1904

Steeplechase Pier and bathers, Atlantic City, 1904

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#62 Virginia Avenue from the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1908

Virginia Avenue from the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1908

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#63 Hotel Windsor and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1906

Hotel Windsor and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1906

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#64 Hotel Windsor, Atlantic City, 1900

Hotel Windsor, Atlantic City, 1900

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#65 Atlantic City boardwalk and bathing beach, 1908

Atlantic City boardwalk and bathing beach, 1908

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#66 Steeplechase Pier and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1910

Steeplechase Pier and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1910

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#67 Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel, Atlantic City, 1908

Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel, Atlantic City, 1908

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#68 The bathing hour, Atlantic City, The Jersey Shore in 1904

The bathing hour, Atlantic City, The Jersey Shore in 1904

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#69 Schlitz Hotel, Atlantic City, 1910

Schlitz Hotel, Atlantic City, 1910

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#70 On the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1908

On the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1908

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