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Steel Pier memories: Trips to the pier were treats for doing chores

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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 12:00 am

In the summer of 1954, my Aunt Mary took me to Steel Pier. This was how she rewarded me for doing chores around the house; I also helped my grandmother, who was handicapped. I was 11 and we were very poor. My aunt worked at the Madison Hotel as a waitress and saved her tips. She dressed me up in my very best clothes, braided my hair and made our lunch. But going down to the Boardwalk from the Northside neighborhood was different — we weren’t allowed to cross Atlantic Avenue without an adult. We arrived at The Pier and my aunt paid about a dollar to get us on. We saw several movies, then ate our lunch while we watched the waves. After lunch, we went down in the Diving Bell, a big round machine with a pole in the middle. We looked through the windows and saw fish, seaweed and other things. The bell took us down underwater, then brought us back to the surface by a hydraulic lift. This was my favorite holiday, but I never had a chance to revisit Steel Pier. — Josephine Parker, Absecon

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