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What Wildwood, NJ looked like in 1978 Through These Stunning Photos

Wildwood is a beautiful city in Cape May County, New Jersey. Wildwood was initially incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on May 1, 1895. Wildwood became a city on January 1, 1912, replacing Wildwood borough and Holly Beach City. During the last decade of the 19th century, the Wildwoods began to develop as a resort. During the 1950s, a building boom began due partially to the construction and completion of the Garden State Parkway.

Tourists and vacationers love Wildwood as a resort city. Wildwood’s year-round population of over 5,300 grows to 250,000 during the summer peak tourist season. More than 200 motels were built in Wildwood during the Doo-Wop era of the 1950s and 1960s, in an area designated by the state of New Jersey as the Wildwoods Shore Resort Historic District.

Here are some stunning vintage photos that show Wildwood in 1978 by John Margolies.

#1 Begin Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Begin Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#2 Morey’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#3 Hunt’s Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#4 Boardwalk store, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk store, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#5 Hunt’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#6 Dracula’s Castle, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Dracula's Castle, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#7 Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#8 Morey’s and Hunt’s Piers, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's and Hunt's Piers, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#9 Boardwalk south toward West Crest, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk south toward West Crest, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#10 Mariner’s Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#11 South to Mariner’s Landing, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

South to Mariner's Landing, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#12 Morey’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#13 Hunt’s Pier roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Pier roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#14 Morey’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#15 Kid’s sky tower, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Kid's sky tower, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#16 World’s tallest woman, Sandy Allen, Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

World's tallest woman, Sandy Allen, Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#17 Lost World, Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Lost World, Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#18 Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#19 Sportland Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Sportland Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#20 Boardwalk at night, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk at night, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#21 Dracula’s Castle, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Dracula's Castle, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#22 Mariner’s Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#23 Morey’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#24 Beach rules, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Beach rules, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#25 Beach and pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Beach and pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#26 Hunt’s Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#27 Dracula’s Castle, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Dracula's Castle, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#28 Sky Tower, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Sky Tower, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#29 Boardwalk Cross Street, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk Cross Street, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#30 Mariner’s Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#31 Scream ticket booth, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Scream ticket booth, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#32 Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#33 Boardwalk motels, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk motels, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#34 Boardwalk near Hunt’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk near Hunt's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#35 Boardwalk game store, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk game store, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#36 Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#37 Mariner’s Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#38 Under Sportland Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Under Sportland Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#39 Sky Tower, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Sky Tower, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#40 Morey’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#41 Morey’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#42 Boardwalk at dusk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk at dusk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#43 Boardwalk store food, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk store food, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#44 Boardwalk at dusk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk at dusk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#45 Fun Pier and Cross Island above, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Fun Pier and Cross Island above, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#46 Morey’s and Hunt’s Piers, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's and Hunt's Piers, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#47 Boardwalk tram, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk tram, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#48 Begin Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Begin Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#49 Hunt’s Pier and Morey’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey

Hunt's Pier and Morey's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey

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#50 Boardwalk stores T-shirts, apartment, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk stores T-shirts, apartment, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#51 Mariner’s Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#52 Sportland Pier Supersonic roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Sportland Pier Supersonic roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#53 Hunt’s Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#54 Mariner’s Landing Pier a.m., Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier a.m., Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#55 Morey’s and Hunt’s Piers, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's and Hunt's Piers, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#56 Boardwalk store, Skilo, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk store, Skilo, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#57 Dracula’s Castle, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Dracula's Castle, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#58 Dracula’s Castle dark ride entrance, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Dracula's Castle dark ride entrance, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#59 Rides above Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Rides above Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#60 Mariner’s Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#61 Strand Theater, angle 1, Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Strand Theater, angle 1, Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#62 Boardwalk at dusk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk at dusk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#63 Morey’s Pier roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's Pier roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#64 Hunt’s Pier Skyline Golf, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Pier Skyline Golf, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#65 Hunt’s Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#66 Hunt’s Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#67 Boardwalk store T-shirts, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk store T-shirts, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#68 Morey’s Pier a.m., Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's Pier a.m., Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#69 Mariner’s Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#70 Morey’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#71 Boardwalk store, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk store, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#72 Boardwalk store food, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk store food, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#73 Laura’s Fudge, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Laura's Fudge, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#74 Overall above to south, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Overall above to south, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#75 Hunt’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#76 Sky Tower, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Sky Tower, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#77 Hunt’s Pier roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Pier roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#78 Laura’s Fudge sign, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Laura's Fudge sign, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#79 Hunt’s Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#80 Carousel horse, Sportland pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Carousel horse, Sportland pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#81 Hunt’s Pier and Morey’s Pier roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Pier and Morey's Pier roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#82 Boardwalk between Hunt’s Pier and Mariner’s, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk between Hunt's Pier and Mariner's, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#83 Mariner’s Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#84 Hunt’s Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Casino arcade, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#85 Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#86 Sportland skateboard, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Sportland skateboard, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#87 Sky Tower, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Sky Tower, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#88 Boardwalk store food, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk store food, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#89 Boardwalk at dusk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk at dusk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#90 Boardwalk store T-shirts, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk store T-shirts, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#91 Dracula’s Castle, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Dracula's Castle, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#92 Overall to north, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Overall to north, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#93 Water slide above Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Water slide above Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#94 Hunt’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#95 Sportland Aqua slide, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Sportland Aqua slide, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#96 Strand Theater, angle 2, Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Strand Theater, angle 2, Boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#97 Overall above to south, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Overall above to south, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#98 Mariner’s Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#99 Hunt’s Casino Theater, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Casino Theater, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#100 I Scream roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

I Scream roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#101 Hunt’s Pier roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Pier roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#102 Sportland Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Sportland Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#103 Boardwalk Cross Street, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk Cross Street, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#104 Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#105 Mariner’s Landing, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#106 Boardwalk stores, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk stores, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#107 Mariner’s Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#108 Hunt’s Golf and Theater, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Golf and Theater, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#109 Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#110 Dracula’s Castle, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Dracula's Castle, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#111 Boardwalk at dusk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk at dusk, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#112 Overall above to north, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Overall above to north, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#113 Hunt’s Pier roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Pier roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#114 Morey’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#115 Sportland Aqua slide, entrance, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Sportland Aqua slide, entrance, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#116 Curfew hours sign, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Curfew hours sign, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#117 Boardwalk stores A.M., Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk stores A.M., Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#118 Mariner’s Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#119 Mariner’s Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#120 Scream roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Scream roller coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#121 Morey’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#122 Morey’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Morey's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#123 Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#124 Sportland Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Sportland Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#125 Mariner’s Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Mariner's Landing Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#126 Hunt’s Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Hunt's Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#127 Boardwalk store Whopper, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

Boardwalk store Whopper, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978

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#128 Water Slide above Fun Pier, Wildwood, New Jersey, 1978