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vintage neon

You'll find a cool collection of neon signs and retro furniture from the old motels and hotels, many of which succumbed to the wrecking ball in the late 60's and 70's, before an exerted effort was made to save what was left, and the Doo Wop Preservation League was formed, They opened the Doo Wop Experience Museum.

"Their mission is to foster awareness, appreciation, and education of the popular culture and imagery of the 1950's and 1960's, and to promote the preservation of the largest collection of mid-century resort architecture found in the Untied States." (taken from brochure "The Guide to Wildwood's Architecture.}

 

I get a very nostalgic feeling when I drive down through the old motel section of town and see all the crazy architecture and cool signs......not because it reminds me of the "old days in Wildwood". I did not spend time on this island when I was young. When I was at the Jersey shore, I was further north with my granny, in Ocean City.

But when I was little, we lived in Miami back in the early 60's and I can still remember riding down Biscayne Blvd. looking at all the old grand hotels and all the new, funky, space-aged looking motels popping up all over the place.

I guess the same thing was going on up here during the same time period.

Of course those buildings are long gone down there in Fla., but it's nice that they were able to save some of the cool ones up here.

Even though I'm not much into taking pictures of buildings, I'll have to try and get down that end of the island this season and try to get a few inspired shots of the cooler architecture.

 

 

 

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Taken on June 25, 2016