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Monday, August 31, 2009


Although this looks like Depression times when some folks had to make do in tents and cardboard shacks, it isn't. It's from the 1910s-1920s and it shows a much happier circumstance: working class families newly enjoying some annual vacation time and the delights of sand and surf and salt air at places like Rockaway. But they still had a problem about where to stay. They couldn't afford the local hotels. So, tent cities were the economical answer.Who cared that the walls were canvas. Made it all the more an adventure. Jim Smith

My mother tells of a summer stay in a tent city on B. 76-76 St in the early 1930s.

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