Click photo to enlargeAFTER MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY, PHOTOS EMERGE FROM THE STILLGEBAUER LODE OF CLASSIC SHOTS FROM THE 1950'S.
THIS IS WHAT THIS BLOG IS LIVING FOR! THANKS TO WILLIAM STILGEBAUER FOR MAKING HIS ARCHIVE OF PHOTOS TAKEN BY HIS FATHER HANK AVAILABLE FOR ALL TO SEE AND TREASURE.
WE WILL BE SHOWING A PICTURE OR TWO DAILY IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO: 1950'S PICTURES OF SALTAIRE CROWDS AT SWIM AND TRACK MEETS; THE GORE OF THE PIE EATING CONTESTS, FACES TO REMEMBER, BAYFRONT SCENES, AND SOME NEVER BEFORE SEEN CANDIDS FROM A CAPT AL SHIM SHACK PARTY.
"A classic Uncle Pete shot!"-- Jon Lyon
"Great pic. Interesting thing is that someone who moved in last summer would recognize the site immediately. The dock looked worse in ‘57 than it did in 2005! But Uncle Pete was as usual pensive and sternly anxious -- our side must’ve been only 20 points ahead or something." -Hugh O'Brien
"Stilge's picture of Uncle Pete at the swim meet got me digging through useless old slides for an image I knew I had and had never looked at closely, but I knew it to be a swim meet scene, ruined by overexposure, double exposure and totally out of focus. I found it. I was amazed. It is from 1961, 4 years after the Stilge picture. Like the Stilge picture, it shows a swimming meet. You can only decipher one figure in the 1961 picture: and it is Uncle Pete, standing in the water in almost the same place he had been standing in 4 years before at the start of a race. The only difference is in 1961 he was wearing a T shirt. Take a close look. We know that Uncle Pete did not stand in that spot for four years straight, because in those years he had also been in Pleasantville in the fall, one of the most successful high school football coaches in NY State history. But the man had drive. There he is in '61. Same spot.