The Beach at Stone Harbor : A Moment in Time
Spending time on the beach, bathing in the ocean and having fun with friends and family are perhaps the primary reasons why so many people venture to the seashore especially in the summertime.
Illustrated here are two old-time post card views taken at the beach at Stone Harbor.
The first post card image shows people of all ages passing the time one summer day back in the early 1920s and postmarked July 17, 1923. The girls in the foreground seem to be enjoying their company as well as doing some knitting while others, young and old, are sitting in the shade of the boardwalk to get some relief from the simmering heat of the summer sun. There’s grandma helping a little one and there are some mothers engaged in pleasant conversation while watching their children. Do you see the baby carriage to the far right? Well that was a pretty typical and relaxing scene at that shore at that time.
The second post card image, postmarked July 27, 1951, was snapped about 30 years later and it clearly shows a couple of significant changes at the 96th Street beach. What changed over those years was (1) the demise and absence of the Stone Harbor boardwalk and (2) the
appearance of many colorful and upright objects that conspicuously dot the beach scene. As time progressed the iconic beach umbrella would enter the picture and prove both useful and popular as a means of escaping the direct sunlight on those hot afternoons. Most likely our viewers can remember moments in time like this!