So long, summer…



By Christie Lutz

While it’s the beginning of the blog, it’s the end of summer. In New Jersey the shift to autumn means we start to vacate our beaches and boardwalks. Summer itself is ephemeral—so before Labor Day arrives, take a long, last look at just a few items of our ephemera that capture long-ago summers spent down the shore.


Asbury Park Pennant [GB Banners]Postcard -- Wildwood by the Sea -- Playland by Night

Postcard -- Manasquan -- On the Sands

Souvenir of Atlantic City Cover [SNCLY F144.A8S68 1900z]


July 2015


Charlton, Lloyd and Terry. Boonton, USA: Stories of a Small Town. n.p.: n.p., 2010.

Horner, Albert D. Pinelands: New Jersey’s Suburban Wilderness. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2015.

Merriam, Eve. The Nixon Poems. New York: Atheneum, 1970.

Modica, Glenn R. Cadwalader Heights: The History of an Olmsted Neighborhood, Trenton, New Jersey. n.p.: n.p., 2009.

Snedeker, Clifton, ed. Progress: The Monthly Publication of the Three Middlesex County Vocational schools and Continuation Schools. Vol. 8, no. 4. New Brunswick, NJ: n.p., February, 1924.

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April-May 2015


Begin-Kruysman, Lisa. Around the World in 1909: Harriet White Fisher and her locomobile. Staunton, VA: American History Press, 2014.

Clifford, Joe, ed. Trouble in the heartland : crime fiction inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen. United States: Gutter Books, 2014.

Contemporary Poets of South Jersey, no. 1 [United States] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1980?]

Dorr, Nell. Life Dance. Allendale, NJ: Alleluia Press, 1975.

Gigantino, James. The American Revolution in New Jersey. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2014.

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