Of all the books I have reviewed thus far on my blog, this book might be in last place. I purchased Atlantic City 1854-1954: An Illustrated History by Fred and Susan Miller down the shore last summer since I like some Atlantic City cards. However, this book is more pictures than facts. It is easy to show a postcard on a page of a book and say it’s a view of the beach with hotels in the background. Probably less than half of the postcards or other images shown had a valuable fact under them that was longer than a sentence. I also didn’t like how the chapters jumped around. The chapter on piers jumped around from pier to pier- if you are going to show two pages of the Central Pier, why would a postcard of Young’s Million Dollar Pier be thrown into the middle of it? And other Young’s Million Dollar Pier postcards on later pages? In the restaurants chapter, there was a postcard of Capt. Starn’s in the middle of a page about Hackney’s, and then more Capt. Starn’s postcards grouped together later on. Consistency people!
It is a quick read, which can be good.