About the Sign of Summer project
From childhood with my family to weekend trips from New York City with friends, Wildwood New Jersey always stood out as a unique place to visit. In the 1990s I started making photo excursions part of our vacations to document the evolving city. The Sign of Summer photos are the result of ten years walking down side streets, on the boardwalk, or beachside. Taken between 1995 and 2005 on 35mm slide film with a Nikon F3 camera and unearthed after sitting in storage for over a decade, they were finally scanned in January 2018.
Please do not copy or reproduce without permission. I’d be glad to grant non-commercial use along with a photo credit and link to this website. We’re selling a few prints and will have new products in the future.
A little about Wildwood. Wildwood is a city at the bottom of New Jersey, below Stone Harbor, just above Cape May and the Delaware Bay. In a state lined with amazing beaches, Wildwood’s five miles can stretch up to a quarter mile from boardwalk to ocean. It is the longest beach of New Jersey’s 125 mile stretch. It also has the biggest boardwalk—built up in the fifties and made accessible with the completion of the Garden State Parkway. Wildwood was started with family bungalows, small stores and locally run restaurants interspersed with Doo Wop-styled motels. Many of those motels, along with a new revival are still there today.
I’d like to say thank you to Robert Scully in 2002, Curator of the Wilwood Historical Society for granting me access to their archives. You can find out more about Wildwood and how they are helping to preserve its history at their website wildwoodhistoricalmuseum.com.
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Photo: Sylvia Roman Weir, 1999