Wildwood Historical Museum 
Newsletter #24
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Motels of Wildwood: Postwar to Present by Jackson Betz.
This architectural diary tells the story of the incredible concentration of midcentury modern motels of Wildwood, New Jersey, from their origin in the Doo Wop decade of Elvis Presley to their whereabouts today. Not many people know that it was local contractors, not architects, who created this trove of asymmetrical, neon-encrusted motels with swooping rooflines and pink pylons, meant to attract vacationing families. This book chronicles their architectural significance and preserves memories of what many of these cheerful, flamboyant buildings looked like before they were demolished by developers, depriving motel neighborhoods of the chance to become landmarked historic districts. In addition to over 200 photos, many never before published, maps pinpoint the location of the motels, some long gone and others stops on today's architecture tours. Pre-order your copy on Amazon Smile, and be sure to select Wildwood Historical Society, Inc. as your benefiting charity. After it’s released -- March 22 at the time of this writing -- it will be available at our museum gift shop and at 
Save the date: Book Release Party at Wildwood Historical Museum Apr 30, 2022,12 - 3pm at 3907 Pacific Ave, Wildwood NJ
Meet the author Jackson Betz and get your book autographed! If you don’t have a copy, they will be available for purchase at the event. Admission is free, but we have a donation box. The book retails for $24.99 plus tax. Jackson Betz, a longtime aficionado of the midcentury modern architecture of the Wildwoods, studied this community as an architecture student at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Philadelphia. RSVP to the event on our Facebook to get important updates!

David John Barrett and  John Gavin

During the 1950’s and early 1960’s soda was dispensed on the Wildwood boardwalk in waxed paper cups. The regular size cup had an exterior of light marine blue dotted with tiny white snowflakes. It held about eight ounces of fluid and chopped ice. The larger cup, called a Humdinger, was approximately twice as large. The exterior of the Humdinger was colored hot red and included a design of white swirls.
Once used, these cups were naturally discarded. They were just another object in the waste stream. That is until a group of Cedar Avenue based pre-teens decided to turn them into missiles. A cup, filled partially with sand and with the top carefully folded, became a pimple ball sized object that could be hurled. It wasn’t long before it was realized that the cups could be hurled at each other. Thus, the game of Cup Fight was born.
Being struck by a cup was not pleasant. Thrown by a boy of that age, its impact was roughly equivalent to a moderately aggressive punch. Cup Fights were not for the timid. But the thrill and combative nature of Cup Fights had an irresistible pull on adventurous boys. The fights became a regular beach activity whenever we had a quorum.
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Why A Museum?

Recent PA amusement park razing echoes painful loss of Hunt’s Pier

By Rob Ascough, Treasurer

As I compose this after dinner on January 4th, one of the corners of the internet I frequent is ablaze over news of the Blue Streak roller coaster at Conneaut Lake Park having caught fire. Even if you’re one of the few readers of this newsletter familiar with an old amusement park in northwest Pennsylvania, you’re probably wondering how it connects to the Wildwoods. For that bit of information, I won’t keep you waiting: There is no direct link. Yet still, there is something to be appreciated about this if you are a supporter of a history-minded organization like the Wildwood Historical Society.

The CliffsNotes version of the story: Conneaut Lake Park, dating back to 1892, spent much of the last three decades as an unlikely survivor, having endured crushing debt, various fires destroying historic buildings, and increased competition from other area amusement parks. It was the determination of the park’s supporters that kept it alive under the oversight of a non-profit that resulted in volunteers rehabilitating the property and its classic rides like the carousel, Devil’s Den, and iconic Blue Streak.

Finally having paid down back taxes owed and looking better than it had in years, the future for Conneaut Lake Park was looking up when new ownership took control early in 2021. Initially providing further optimism, fans and followers of the park grew skeptical when old rides were unceremoniously scrapped and ownership refused to comment on the future of the remainder of the amusements. Rumors of the Blue Streak’s demise circulated for months, and tonight’s news of the wooden structure having caught fire surprised no one. The roller coaster was in the process of being demolished and a “controlled burn” of the wood debris claimed much of what was still standing at the time. Burned along with the Blue Streak were 120 years of history and the selfless efforts of countless people who believed it deserved to be preserved.

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