Coney Island, July 4, 1946


That’s a lot of people. Made me think of similar pictures of crowded beaches in China – the linked ones are of China’s Qingdao Huiquan Beach. The brochure photo probably looks a lot different:


But when it’s hot in the City and you want to get away, that’s the price you have to pay. I grew up in New York in the 50s and I don’t ever remember visiting Coney Island when it was that massively crowded, but this was, after all, a holiday shot.

♬ When the sun is shining  brightly
And there ain’t no ice cream cones,
It ain’t no sin to take off your skin
And dance around in your bones. ♬

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Ah! Comic books!

Came across this over at Frog Blog,

A young boy reading comics outside a store in Nebraska in 1948.

and was immediately put in mind of this old Peanuts™ strip:

Notice the presence of “Nancy” in both cartoon and photograph.

The titles are interesting to contemplate; Archie is just about the only one that still exists. If I had been smart enough to save my comics collection, I could have put all my kids through college.

The Old Wolf has spoken.