Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sand Artist Early 1900's

Another busy sand artist working along one of the original boardwalks at Atlantic City. These guys were skilled and most Italian artisan immigrants.
They made a living from the loose change tossed on a blanket from appreciate patrons.
They would build close to the boardwalk to save their work from high tide and to be close to the money.
The problem was a few rotten apples began mixing mortar in the sand, and that along with aggressive panhandling forced the city to ban the practice.
This image dates to circa 1905


  1. I love old pictures..I've been to Atlantic city many times..for beach, boardwalk n of course, gambling..Im from Joisey..

  2. What a shame even way back then people would ruin a good thing for others.