Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday Memories: A Royal View, 1961

This week's photo memories come to us from Chris Pollack, who recently shared these images of his great grandparents vacationing in Wildwood in 1961.

We were thrilled to feature the above photo on our Wildwood Memories & Nostalgia Facebook page last week, where it received a very enthusiastic response.

Here we have the Reeds, standing on the patio of the long-gone Hotel Royal at the Boardwalk & Magnolia Avenue (directly across the street from Groff's Restaurant). This perspective offers a truly unique view of the Boardwalk and beach, as well as Hunt's Pier - in its infancy!

According to Chris: "My great grandfather retired in November 1960 from the Pennsylvania RR after 48 years as a locomotive engineer. 1961 would have been the first summer of his retirement. No wonder he looks so happy!

"He would have been 70 years old at the time this picture was taken."

Note the ocean coming up under the pier and the Golden Nugget Mine Ride, which was in its second season of operation at the time. Hunt's Pier would be extended shortly after, to accommodate for the 1962 addition of the Pirate Ship Skua.

The structure on the west side of the Boardwalk with the four garage doors stood where Stewart's Root Beer is today.

Chris also sent along the above photo, which gives another view of the Hotel Royal patio (as well as Mr. Reed's humorous captions!).

The hotel, we believe, was eventually destroyed by fire; but, we're looking for more information on this landmark.

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