Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Wonderful world of Rockaway’s Playland

For all who grew up in the Rockaways remember Playland. Whether you were  very young with all your families your first time.  One can never forget this wonderful place. As  we grew older many of us went there to hang out as they use to say and just be there on a saturday with our own friends. Again it was a simpler time. For a few dollars we could be with our friends or by ourselves. Remembering All the smells and the grit of the place is another feeling of home.  I have been collecting photograph and postcards for over 30 years now . Its fun to put them all together for all to see this wonderful place. I hope you enjoy all your own memories.

Bruce Baumwoll

Photo By: Julie Wilson

Photo By : Julie Wilson

Woody Allens : Radio Days

Many of the images of Playland are from Carol Marston’s site More Old Rockaway Photos. Her web site was started years ago and she is still updating the site with new photos. I began saving Skip & Carol’s photos from their sites Rockaway Beach Reunion Website and More Old Rockaway Photos respectively since the beginning of the internet. They allowed me to show thier photos on my blog with my personal reflections.

Other photos are from E-bay where they were for sale. The postcards and paper ephemera still sell everyday from e-bay. There is no copyright infringement on postcards and most paper ephemera as it was meant to be thrown away.

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The Photography of Margaret Bourke-White: “Ball” composed by Craig Armstrong, performed by The London Session Orchestra from the score to the Motion Picture Plunkett & Macleane

Hurricane Irene Photographs From the Rockaway’s

Photo By : Craig Ruttle

photo by: Craig Ruttle

There is no way one can explain how beautiful the sea is when a storm is coming. Some of the days when the sky was dark with a storm coming would be my favorite times. The power of the wind in your face and the roaring of the sea, I would always love to go then and fine all those wonderful shells.

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New York Times, Photo By : Todd Heisler

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Photo By Andrew Berends

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Photographs of The Rockaways

Photo By Matthew Carson

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Photo By: Emilio Fuerra

The black and white photos that are next are some of the most haunting of a place that once had such life. There is such a beauty in these photographs such a stillness.

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all the black and white

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Bungalows And Bungalows And More Bungalows The Rockaway We All Remember

There were thousands of bunglows in the Rockaways here are just a few. There are other bungalows photos  in other older posts also. They were a special place where one could go for a summer and it would be your home for that season. Many families went back to the same one or same court. This was a special time in our history.

My brother Bobby Baumwoll  in front of our house
on Beach 38th street

My Cousin Lynn running to the corner of Sprayview Ave
and Beach 38th Street

All these black and white photos are from the New York Archive, all were seen and used for the wonderful documentary By Jennifer Callahan ” The Bungalows of Rockaway”

All the above photos are from Jennifer Callahan’s

The Bungalows Of Rockaway

Photo By: Martha Cooper

Photo By: Martha Cooper

Photo By : Martha Cooper

Photo By : Martha Cooper

Photo By : Martha Cooper

Photo By : Martha Cooper

Photo By: Ken Kensinger

Photo By : Ken Kensinger

Photo By : Richard George

Photo By: Richard George

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