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)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Forgotten Color Image

Every now and then we come across a Saltaire historic picture we have not seen before. Here's one that  I found  in the January 1939 Popular Science Magazine. Don't let the perspective fool you.  Keep in mind that the dock house in 1938 was near where the sluice is today,  and it ran north and south, so this picture is looking due north.  You can see the Eladio and the Saltaire; one blue shirted white capped Coast Guardsmen;  and, I think, Joe Willie Namath at the bottom, who looks to be  inspecting his wounded knees.  We like to think we see Mike Coffey wearing that green cap with a cigarette in his mouth, but that may just be vicious stereotyping.  
Has anyone seen any chrome pictures from the 1938 hurricane before????  (JO'H)

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From the January 1939 Popular Science Magazine.

"As the morning advanced, the light became better and I was able to shoot my pictures at 1/100 and 1/125 of a second. On the way home, we swung out over Fire Island, where the terror and destruction had been greatest. Wide channels had been cut across the land by the fury of the sea, and whole communities had been wiped out by the force of the wind."  --Rudy Arnold. (Color Photographs by the Author)

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