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Postcard.  Courtesy of Rich Amole, Shawmont Hotel historian.

Postcard. Courtesy of Rich Amole, Shawmont Hotel historian.

Notice that there were no lights on the OG Boardwalk in 1890. Edison invented the lightbulb in 1870. But, that summer in Ocean Grove, you could walk the boards at night, shuffle off to the beach, spread a blanket and count every star. And while you are at it, you could also count every firefly.


EDITOR’S NOTE:  We have had some debate in the comments section about the pier in this postcard.  We are told that the scene is from 1890, but that is not certain.   We know from history that the North End pier came after the South End pier (constructed in 1891), so if this is the North End pier, where is the South End pier?

We also have a photo (below) from Rich Amole which shows both piers, and that image is dated 1904. It shows a large pavilion (? the Ross Pavilion) at the North End which isn’t visible in the postcard above.  It seems like the North End pier was built between 1891 and 1904.



Both piers were built in relationship to boardwalk pavilions:  the Ross at the North End, and the Lillegard at the South End. The photo below shows the relationship of the north Pavilion to the north pier .  It is looking south, and you can see the Embury Ave. pier in the distance.


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OG Boardwalk, Sunday, April 29. PG photos

Family bikers pedaling from Asbury Park.

Late Sunday afternoon, April 29, it was cool and sunny on the Ocean Grove boardwalk. A gaggle of bikers surrounded walkers and proceeded north. In two days, on May 1, the summer bike rules take effect, and no bike invasions will occur at 4 p.m. again until October. A family in a 4-wheel contraption peddled by. They had rented the device on the AP boards and were heading south, checking out the Grove.

A group of people were gathered in the same area, waiting for a wedding on the beach. Clara Hess and Timothy O’Shea were to be married in a Jewish ceremony. A guest was holding a folded chuppah (wedding canopy). Some programs were available that described the event.

A basket of multicolored yarmulkas (skull caps) got caught in a breeze that sent them flying onto the OG beach (perhaps a first in this town). A woman in a low-cut gown bounced down the stairs and went hunting for the hats.  For the recession, the bride and groom asked that everyone dance to John Botte’s song from Tremé.  (see below) Then they were to head to the Parlor Gallery in AP for a reception.   — Paul Goldfinger

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