July 1905: Grandma’s photos from Ocean Grove, New Jersey

Photos from Ocean Grove 112 years ago. My grandmother, Zillah Trewin, was 23 when they were taken. She appears in the image at the top, on the far right, holding the sides of her face. No sunglasses back then, except for on film stars, so a brimmed hat could surely have helped her. Perhaps she took hers off to have her picture taken.

I love these glimpses into history–an outing at the Jersey shore, the happy faces, the windy sailboat ride, the lady holding a parasol in her lap and waving, the fellow with the newspaper wrapped around the back of his head. A carefree, summer day at the start of the 20th century. A tiny slice of life you are unlikely to see anywhere else but here, thanks to my grandmother and her beloved brownie camera.

I can imagine the excitement as everyone piled into the rowboat (photo 3) to go out to the sailboat rocking in the ocean waters off shore. The boat’s captain (seen in photo 4) appears to be helping ladies into the rowboat. I gather all those other gents were there to push it into the surf. Aboard the sailboat, the group looks to be having a fun time. Lots of smiles. I think it’s likely that these were all Methodist Church friends and acquaintances of my grandmother and that this was an organized outing. The land in Ocean Grove is all owned by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (founded 1869) so perhaps the group attended one of the camp meetings in the Great Auditorium. Perhaps they even overnighted in some of the tents in “Tent City”.

Once back north in Union County,  their bit of summer fun may have lingered on their minds for a while. And sunburn may have served as proof (ouch!) of the trip until real proof emerged in the form of these few photographs—proof that landed in my grandmother’s then ever-expanding photo album, which just happens to be sitting on my desk today.

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4 thoughts on “July 1905: Grandma’s photos from Ocean Grove, New Jersey

  1. I am often amazed at how well people use to dress. They dressed for picnics, ballgames, or even when going to the movies. For better or worse, you will not find that today. Since I just went shopping at a large retail store, I think it is for the worse.

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    • I know what you mean. Even I remember as a little kid having to dress up whenever we had school trips into Manhattan. All the girls wore skirts. And I remember wearing little white gloves to church. That all seemed to change in the late 60s. Today you can just roll out of bed and go out in your PJs and nobody will give you a second look. LOL

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  2. Barbara Brodhead

    Very cool pictures! How fun to have them survive and be in your possession where you can enjoy them! And share them! A bygone time- much different from our crazy world today.

    Sent from my iPhone

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