Could everyone write one simple essay about something that once happened in Saltaire…that they saw or were a part of…and put it on one big website? Somebody should collect a lot of stories before we all forget. Otherwise it is like a line in “On The Beach” : The history of the war that now would never be written.” -(JO'H)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


HARDLY A MAN OR WOMAN IS NOW ALIVE WHO REMEMBERS THIS TIME AND PLACE: OCEAN PROMENADE . FRANK MINA'S MOM RECALLED THAT The houses south of Ocean Prom disappeared in a storm in 1936. "Mom said she remembers three at the head of Surf Walk belonged to the Dugan (Bakery) family."
Editors note: this post was originally published 12/17/07


Anonymous said...

Any idea of the date of the postcard?? It's got to be fairly early because there are dunes - I think Frank said the dunes were leveled in the late 20's early 30's so that one could have an unobstructed view of the ocean?

JOH: I always assumed that the dunes were plowed down in Saltaire's very earliest days by the Fire Island Construction Company--not in the 1920's or 1930's. Quick, somebody somebody check this out before there is nobody left to ask.

Richardinhingham said...

I thought the '38 storm took down the dunes and that last walk on top of the dunes. Naturally I no longer remember the NAME of that walk, but I am sure you all do, and it continued on maps long after it was gone.

Interesting that the vegetation in the 1938 film looks like the current vegetation--highly overgrown. My uncle Frank always said it was getting too tall and needed another hurricane.

THANKS guys for doing this. Another post to come in the future. Saltaire is still my hometown as well, though I haven't been there for (six?) years or so. My children all talk about it even though they only had brief tastes of it.