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Meet me tonight in Atlantic City

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"Atlantic City, that granddaddy of all shore resorts, is a place of warmth and whimsy, of sun-bleached boardwalks and grand if slightly tatty architecture, where hotels may take the shape of an elephant, and the ghosts of vacationers past--Diamond Jim Brady was one--stalk the verandas. Atlantic City is also the natural setting for this season's nostalgic fashions. Updatings by designers, ranging from Elder Master Norman Norrell to the off-beat young, recall a time when every lady bore a parasol. And though unabashedly romantic, the styles are fresh as the salt breeze, saved from being saccharine by a sense of simplicity and, occasionally, humor."
-- Nostalgia by the Seaside, Life Magazine, 1968
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{This blue frock is an early Betsey Johnson number!!}
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{ Scanned by me from the May 24, 1968 edition of Life magazine. 
Photography by Richard Davis. }

"Everything dies, that's a fact,
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back;
Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty and
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City..."

13 comments:

  1. These are incredible! Thank you so much for sharing them with us! <3

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  2. What a wonderful editorial! LOVE that last image, especially!

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  3. This is a great post! I love looking at past magazine spreads and look for similarities to today's fashion.

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  4. These are such beautiful images, I love the girls with umbrellas, they look like they're floating in the clouds. I grew up in a dilapidated seaside town in England so seaside towns are my favourite places. I've always wanted to see Coney Island because I hear it has a lot in common with the town where I grew up. xx

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  5. How cool! I live an hour and a half from Atlantic City and have been there, but it is nothing like how it once was. Now it is just empty and destroyed from Hurricane Sandy, but even before that there was pretty much nothing around but loads of casinos. Pretty messed up place. I avoid going there these days. :(
    +Victoria+

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    1. So sad; I have some friends from Jersey, and when I said I wanted to visit Atlantic City they basically just laughed :( Very sad; I would kill to visit in its heyday!

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  6. Marvelous images - the one of the two ladies in their ankle grazing frocks evokes thoughts of what the grand, dazzling Boardwalk must have been like in its earlier heyday.

    ♥ Jessica

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  7. This is an amazing photoshoot! I love the first and second images especially. Ahhh, for the days when "every lady bore a parasol"... If nothing else, it would save me from getting the funny looks I get when I walk around with one!

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  8. Thanks, dolls!! I was so in love with this editorial; glad you all dig it too <3

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  9. soooo great!
    thank you very much for this!

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  10. I LOOOOOVE the late sixties'-does-Edwardian of some of these. They're all so cute! The third one down is a look I want to replicate with different hair...the makeup and dress are GREAT. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  11. What an outstanding editorial! I love all the outfits and I really want those green patent Mary Janes.

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