Speaking of Atlantic City: Recollections & Memories

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Memories of Atlantic City’s past remained etched in the hearts of millions of visitors and locals alike who sought out the bright lights and sandy beaches of the Jersey Shore. Floats festooned with blooming flowers paraded down the boardwalk carrying Miss America contestants during the annual pageant, drawing huge crowds for decades. Streetcars ran the length of Atlantic Avenue until 1955, and the call of the motorman announcing each stop can still be heard in the dreams of past vacationers and residents. The burgers and birch beer slung from the lunch counter of Hi-Hat Joe’s attracted thousands of teenagers from near and far in the 1950s and ’60s. Mobsters, politicians and entertainers such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin frequented the bustling midcentury 500 Club. Writers and editors Janet Bodoff and Leesa Toscano curate a collection of nostalgic stories and poems about Atlantic City’s past.
ISBN: 9781467150743
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Jersey
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 68
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Leesa Toscano is a writer, poet and Atlantic City native. She has been published in poetry anthologies and has published a children’s title called Eat Your Vegetables (Publish America in 2012). Leesa is the Winner of the Angel of the Arts award from the Martin S. Wilson Jr. Center for the Arts. Janet Bodoff is a retired newspaper reporter and graphic designer from Atlantic City. Her work has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Bulletin, Philadelphia Journal, Rolling Stone, Concert Magazine and more. Her poetry has appeared in several poetry anthologies, including Pasta & Poetry and Tour of Poetry.
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