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For those old enough to remember the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, there is a WONDERFUL new book just out called "STEEL PIER: THE SHOWPLACE OF THE NATION." This hardcover 264-page book is available for $40 from Down the Shore Publishing, and is worth every penny. Click HERE for more info.

The Steel Pier was the equivalent of Disneyland, 30 years before Disneyland was built. It had three movie theaters, two vaudeville theaters, a gigantic Marine Ballroom, a Water Circus, six funhouses, a Diving Bell, two dark rides (one ride-thru and one walk-thru), exhiibits sponsored by General Motors and General Electric, the Dancing Waters, and the world-famous High Diving Horse. There was also a ton of amazing concessions, including a Svengali Pitch (!), a great code (mindreading) act, a glassblower who made weather swans (barometers), fortune-telling parakeets, a Seal Zoo and I forget what else.

It was an amazing place and this is an amazing book. Don't miss it.

P.S. In 1960, I was ten years old and helping out behind the front desk of my Dad's motel in Atlantic City. Every week we got about 50 free passes to the Pier, to give out to some of the guests. But every week, somehow one or two of those passes never made it over the front counter, landing instead in my pocket. So I knew that Pier inside and out!! SETH
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Thanks so much.I bookmarked the site and will be putting in my order soon.

I did visit the Steel Pier about 1965.It was a wonderful fun place.

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