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Those lazy hazy crazy days of summer…

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the talented Mr. Grant Snider, more of whose wonderful work can be found at Incidental Comics (and copies of whose nifty drawing can be had here).

As we allow ourselves a little more ambition in crafting our vacation plans, we might recall that it was on this date in 1870 that the first section of the Atlantic City Boardwalk opened along the New Jersey beach.  An extension of a development begun in the 1850s by Dr. Jonathan Pitney and civil engineer Richard Osborne, the Boardwalk became the marque feature of Atlantic City– which, with its beautiful beaches, fresh sea air, luxurious hotels, fine restaurants, alluring shops, and a connecting railroad line from Camden, New Jersey, became a summer resort and winter health spa that drew visitors from all over the world.

Rolling Chairs on the Boardwalk (source: Library of Congress)

Are we there yet?…

As Memorial Day marks the start of summer vacation season, and memories of family automobile odysseys fly by, readers can thank James Lileks (pre-blog readers will remember his Gallery of Regrettable Food) for a collection of vintage postcards he calls “The American Motel

Yuma, Arizona

Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

Travel further down memory lane at The American Motel.

As we start our engines, we might recall that it was on this date in 1859 that the clock tower of Westminster Palace (aka The Houses of Parliament)– Big Ben, the largest four-faced chiming clock (and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower) in the world– first ticked.

Big Ben