In the upper right hand corner of the picture you can see the old Manor Hotel (24th and Surf - site of today's Hawaiian Rumble Golf Course - the Manor Hotel is the tall building immediately to the right of the building with the red roof). The picture extends north approximately 10 blocks to 15th Street, the present location of the NWBP tent . The last bend in the boardwalk (toward the middle of the picture) is approximately where today's boardwalk ends. If the entire boardwalk as you see it in the picture existed today the beach tent would be to the left of that boardwalk.
Aerial Photo from the Early 60's
Note: the old WBP beach tent in the foreground, the old roller coaster to the left of Marine Pier immediately above the tent, the Mine Ride at the end of Hunt's Pier, the absence of Morey's Piers, and the vegetation to the west and east of JFK Blvd. at the top of the picture.
Picture taken probably in the late 60's. Notice: No development along north end of North Wildwood particularly just west of JFK. Take notice also the wide beaches in North Wildwood and the curve of the beach into Wildwood and Wildwood Crest.
Satellite Photo from 1991
NWBP beach tent circled in red. Notice the distance between the tent and the ocean. Also note the trails cutting through the vegetation to the right or north of the tent.
Beach Tent February 2005
After receding some 1500 feet between the time represented in the earliest photo above and the 1991 date represented by the satellite photo, the ocean is once again within a few feet of the beach tent. Is this ocean intrusion a cyclical phenomenon? Will the ocean recede again? Or, are the days of the beach tent numbered? Stay tuned.