A day at the beach

Revere beach (East Boston) was, in 1895, the first “public beach” to open in the US.  Easy access by the railroad and an intense amusement park (including this — the world’s tallest roller-coaster for 40 years straight!) apparently made it hugely popular, drawing hundreds of thousands every summer. That was until the 1970s…

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The Revere boulevard in 1910…
…today only a few of the turn-of-the-century pavilions remain.
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The beach used to be a popular people-watching spot…
…today was somewhat more lonely.

Still quite a beautiful beach, but where was everyone?

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