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)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Little Bungaliers of Ocean Beach



Saltaire wasn't the only summer colony on Fire Island to market itself as a great place to raise your kids. Looks here like Ocean Beach's "Little Bungaliers" were O.B.'s version of the "Healthy, Happy Saltaire Youngster."















"Saltaire Youngster" courtesy E. Starkey





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(Oh, as if it were all that simple)




Capt. Frank said...

Jim,
If my memory still serves, the Ocean Beach "ditty" was penned by John A. Wilbur (J.A.W.), the founder of Ocean Beach and its first mayor. Don't know the tune, but it sure wasn't Gloworm -- or was it?

The girl in the "famous" promotional piece for Saltaire is actually Capt. Elmer Patterson's sister Amy. She was in many of the early promos and postcards starting around 1912, as well as many photos in Pat's family albums.

--Frank Mina

October 26, 2008 1:37 AM

JOH:
Once again, thank you Capt. Frank Mina. "Glowworm" was written about 1949, not too long after that Ray Severe hijacked it to write S-a-l-t-a-i-r-e. I recently heard someone singing the Saltaire song as I left on a Sunday night.
Hey: was there ever a Fire Island Ferries jingle?
Capt. Frank said...
Jim,If my memory still serves, the Ocean Beach "ditty" was penned by John A. Wilbur (J.A.W.), the founder of Ocean Beach and its first mayor. Don't know the tune, but it sure wasn't Gloworm -- or was it?The girl in the "famous" promotional piece for Saltaire is actually Capt. Elmer Patterson's sister Amy. She was in many of the early promos and postcards starting around 1912, as well as many photos in Pat's family albums.
October 26, 2008 1:37 AM
Capt. Frank Mina said...
If FIRE ISLAND FERRIES ever had a jingle, I'm sure it started "A thousand bottles of beer on the wall...." I also have have dozens of pix of Fire Island Queen/Point 'O Woods III Mousquetaire, etc.
November 4, 2008 6:51 AM

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Capt. Frank said...

Jim,
If my memory still serves, the Ocean Beach "ditty" was penned by John A. Wilbur (J.A.W.), the founder of Ocean Beach and its first mayor. Don't know the tune, but it sure wasn't Gloworm -- or was it?

The girl in the "famous" promotional piece for Saltaire is actually Capt. Elmer Patterson's sister Amy. She was in many of the early promos and postcards starting around 1912, as well as many photos in Pat's family albums.

Capt. Frank Mina said...

Jim,
Was hoping you would incorporate my background of S-A-L-T-A-I-R-E origin.

If FIFI ever had a jingle, I'm sure it started "A thousand bottles of beer on the wall...."

Also have dozens of pix of Fire Island Queen/Point 'O Woods III Mousquetaire, etc.