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(swipe) ~from The Sun Archives to warm up this cold winter day☀️
"Sue DeLapo had always cherished her summers in Wildwood, a legacy she passed down to her family.
My mother, Florine, likes to tell stories of her first memories in Wildwood. “We came down to visit my Aunt Mary, who had a house on Surf Ave., which at that time, was the last street before the beach and you had to walk through the high dune grass to get to the ocean.”
After visiting Aunt Mary, Sue and her husband Sam along with their three children Angie, Florine and Annie returned for a week at the beach and stayed in a house around 4th and Atlantic. They were hooked and bought a place of their own on 5th and Atlantic in 1955. “It was a mess and took a lot of hard work to get it cleaned up.” Sue said about her house back in 1955. She and her husband Sam worked hard to renovate the house and even added a second floor apartment to rent and help cover expenses.
Sue DeLapo passed away shortly after celebrating her 100th birthday.
No matter when you stopped by her house at the beach you were sure to be greeted by Sue waiting on the front porch and the offer was always the same. “Let’s go in and have a nice cup of coffee.” She would say with a smile on her face."
Everyone has their own favorite stories of their Wildwood days, from big family picnics in the backyard, to late night rummy games and time spent on the front porch... share yours with The Sun!
#whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea ☀️

(swipe) ~An excerpt from the archives of The Sun, 2008. Ehlko Friesenborg was born and raised in Germany, but when his home country was going through financial hardships he found his way to Wildwood partnering with a boat builder Gerhard Meyer who built an off-shore dragger called the Meta Margaret, constructed at Harry Mogck’s boat works in Cape May. It was 56 feet long and ran with a diesel engine. Thus, began a successful fishing career. Their second boat, the Irma Pauline, however, was doomed from birth. Once, aboard the Irma Pauline, Ehlko and his men caught a big shark. While wielding his knife, Friesenborg’s hand slipped and the blade went through his calf. The crew had to wait for the Coast Guard to come by boat as there weren’t helicopters at the time. It took months for the injury to heal.
Later, back on the unlucky vessel, a crewman was steering and smashed the bow of the Irma Pauline. Yet another time the fishing net got caught in the propeller. While the Coast Guard was towing the boat a freighter ran across the tow line, almost completely overturning the Irma Pauline except that the boat’s steel structures hit the side of the freighter.
In a fourth separate incident, the Irma Pauline was second in line to come under the George Redding Bridge. The bridge operator did not see or hear the Irma Pauline and shut the bridge on top of the mast. Upon viewing the damage, Ehlko’s daughter Inge said it was shocking to believe that no one aboard had been killed or injured.
Finally, the ill-fated boat sank on a foggy morning when it rammed into the end of the Cape May inlet rock pile. The boat sank and since it could not be recovered, was blown up.
Soon after this accident, and after a long and successful career for Ehlko, huge Russian trawlers and big factory ships began to fish off the coasts of New Jersey, processing their massive catches more efficiently than any of the smaller, privately owned ships could. This transition led many fisherman in the Wildwoods to change over to clamming, and thus led the Friesenborgs into a new stage... #historyoffishing #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea

"Wildwood Mayor Doris Bradway showing Mrs. Patrick Shortt, left, wife of the postmaster, how to lose weight by riding a bicycle on the boardwalk. Through diet and exercise, the mayor dropped from 267 pounds to 165."
~news clipping, 1936
#theBigGirl #Sunstory

(swipe) By the mid 1880s, Anglesea was a small but growing seaside resort with hotel Anglesea, a handful of summer cottages, and a narrow Boardwalk laid directly on the sand to connect the buildings to the beach. Chas Mace was an important figure in the development of Anglesea (becoming North Wildwood in 1906). He saw a great opportunity on the beach, and by 1888 operated a fishing pier and a pavilion that included a bathhouse and other facilities along with a small amusement train for fun. The tokens pictured here with the words Anglesea Pavilion Chas Mace engraved on them are 130 years old, and are part of The Sun's little Wildwood museum. #vintage #Anglesea #Wildwood #FiveMileBeach #earlydays #fishing #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea

If houses could talk, oh the stories they would tell! 🏡
"The Elm" c. 1885
310 E. 4th Ave., N. Wildwood.
Sadly this is not a 'Now & Then' since this magnificent Victorian was demolished in 2006.

SUMMERTIME!! .We love old photos. ☀️ This is the beautiful Helen Guthrie who was a Wildwood promotional model in the 1950s. Check out our hashtag to see more wonderful vintage Wildwood photos #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea ☀️🌊📰
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Winter on Hereford Inlet, 1934. The caption reads Harold Braidwood riding his bike on the Inlet that was 10" thick. He also rode his car on it! #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea #Sunarchives

~Sun story Betty & Kay Braidwood 1931 Olde NJ Ave.
."Now is the winter of our discontent.” #Shakespeare
Granted, winter may not be the best time to be by the sea, however, had the infamous English playwright ever stepped foot on our story-inspiring shores during the sleepy winter season, perhaps even he would have found a bit of coastal contentment. Looking back in Wildwood history, styles may be different, but a sense of play remains timeless. Sand dunes guaranteed children year-round entertainment while a frozen-over Hereford Inlet promised hours of icy-skating adventure.
Now, we have endless off-season events to keep locals and tourists entertained, but in the early 1900s, residents had to find their own fun. Before social media, there were social gatherings, actual face time rivaled Facebook and snowball fights took on a whole new meaning when snow blended with sand.
By the early 1900s, a wooden bridge was constructed to connect communities and ferries became a form of much-needed transportation. Visitors now had access to this once-remote isle. Although the sun and the sea naturally attracted many of the original settlers, the island, at that time, was known for its trees and the parks.
Time continued to pass, the beaches and boardwalk ultimately overshadowed those trees and parks, and our industrious pioneers continued to build Wildwood into the one-of-a-kind resort community we all know and love. History thrives on every corner (and is kept in well-preserved order at The George F. Boyer Museum).
Life has gotten bigger by the sea and contemporary influences often shout louder than the voices of the humble past. Happily, bygone days and modern moments are blended to seaside perfection and speak the same truth; that life on our island, no matter what the season (or century), is a slice of Heaven on Earth.
Perhaps even William Shakespeare would have agreed… #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea

From @sunbythesea: Benjamin Gidding was an early Wildwood settler and peddler with a horse and buggy. Although his sign advertises 'All Kinds of Ladies Wear', in 1909 he also opened a man’s clothing store that stood on Pacific Avenue for many years. Just a little random Wildwood history ☀️😀🐎

Benjamin Gidding was an early Wildwood settler and peddler with a horse and buggy. Although his sign advertises 'All Kinds of Ladies Wear', in 1909 he also opened a man’s clothing store that stood on Pacific Avenue for many years. Just a little random Wildwood history on this cold afternoon☀️😀🐎
#whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea #glarephotograph #sharpdressedman

Reflecting on another year around the Sun... publishing The SUN, I'm overwhelmed by the many blessings that have come shining forth since the day I decided to follow my dream and make it come true 14 years ago ... working on The Sun has not only blessed me personally, but knowing how many lives it has brightened along the way makes my heart swell ❤️
I'm beyond excited to publish all of the stories on my list... they're waiting to be written beginning January 2nd!
First issue will be out May 16th! ☀️
Happy New Year to all of my friends and family! May the Sun shine brightly on 2018, bringing to life all of your greatest hopes and dreams!
Peace, Love & Sunshine!
~Dorothy 🙏🏼❤️☀️#thanksLiving #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea #GodisSOGood

#tbt Holiday Sun 2014... so much awesomeness went into this cover shoot featuring Paul & Lori Russo from Cool Scoops ice Cream, not only did they dress the part... but they brought all the props, mostly vintage memorabilia from their shop/museum. Photo shot by Rob K. Photoshop design with old Pacific Ave photo by yours truly @wildwoodsungirl #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea

If houses could talk, oh the stories they would tell! . 🏡
The pages in The Sun are reminders that these old cottages really do tell stories…
Share your Wildwood history with us. Your stories, memories, and photos are the heartbeat of The SUN☀️
There's always more to the story.
#backintheday #beachcottage #porch #whereYesterdayandTodayMeetbytheSea ☀️🌊📰

With the turn of each page, The Sun briefly causes time to stand still ... #nostalgia #memories
Just a handful of 100s of old photos featured in the summer issue ☀️🌊📰 #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea

I love to walk and bike ride around the island to discover little beach cottages like this gem on Delaware Ave. 🏡🌊🐚 #beachcottage #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea

It's a longtime North Wildwood Fire Dept tradition... Who all remembers the visits by Santa on fire trucks to hand out toys, and stockings filled with fruit, candy and nuts. I remember one year my son got a Radio Flyer wagon 🎁🚒 1969/2017 #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea

Every little cottage has a story... 🐚💕
. #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea #beachcottage

They met their true love in Wildwood!
~The Sun Archives 2011 😻
Straight from fairytales and romance movies, Ray and Beth Forbes met at the Tom Cat on Rio Grande Avenue, in 1955. Beth was going on 16, and Ray was 18. The Tom Cat was the place to be, complete with a big black cat up on the roof, and milkshakes and burgers everyone came there for. "I was sitting with my friend Arlene, and Beth walked in. Arlene introduced us, and I fell in love immediately," Ray smiled, so glowing proud that he picked Beth. "All the girls needed a ride home, so I gave them a ride home," he continued. "Of course he made me sit in the middle," Beth interjected laughing. "Because all the cars had bench seats, so you could sit 3 in the front. So he sat me in the middle right next to him." Not long after that, they had their first official date to a public swimming pool in Atlantic City with their church group, and began dating each other.
Ray moved to Wildwood as a boy with his family who were from Philadelphia. Beth moved to Wildwood as a kid also. "Her mother said that she could only go out on Friday nights, but I could come over the house if I wanted. And that is how it all got started," Ray said. Beth continued, "Well then I worked at Lock's, a soda fountain and variety store, and Ray would drop in there when I worked the supper hour. But later on in the evening [when I was home] I would tell my mother I had to walk down to Lock's to get a soda or something, and take a break from studying, so then Ray would um..." Beth started laughing as Ray finished, "So I would happen to just be there!" Beth and Ray both lived on the island growing up, and had many of their dates through the years in Wildwood. "We were on the boardwalk endlessly," they agreed, walking, eating and relaxing on a bench. They loved to walk up and down Pacific Avenue and window shop, and hang out with their friends. They both went to the OPC and would have tea after services and chapel. They went to movies, and played board games throughout the winter months on the island ...and they lived happily ever after ....❤️
by Jess Westerland

Fontaine Motel 415 E 4th Ave., North Wildwood.
There's so much awesomeness in this photo... including the WWII Lookout tower that used to be on 3rd Ave. . #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea

Soon it will be Christmas Day... 🎶🎄💒❄️ Central Bible church is one of those beautiful old Wildwood buildings that we hope will be here for a long time to come #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea #SundaymorningLight

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