I hope you enjoy these Newport RI photos from the vault. I'll try to post more of these as often as I can.
It's been both enjoyable and educational looking at these and learning more about Newport's rich history.
I'm fortunate to have family members who remember much of this history and have been able to pass it down through the generations with great stories and photos.
When not throwing lavish parties at their Newport mansions on Bellevue Avenue, this is the beach where America's elite bathed during the Gilded Age in Newport.
Bellevue Avenue at Bailey's Beach
Newport Cliff Walk
Trolley going down Bath Road (now Memorial Boulevard) toward Easton's Beach
Easton's Beach - boardwalk and dance pavillion
I always love to see the fashions from different eras. Check out all the suits on the boardwalk. It's funny how much clothing people wore to the beach back then.
Swimming pool at Easton's Beach
My paternal grandfather, who was an avid swimmer, used to tell me how much he loved swimming and diving at the pool at Easton's Beach. Unfortunately, the Hurricane of 1938 destroyed it (along with the roller coaster), and it was never rebuilt.
The Peanut Man
I'm not sure where this gentleman was selling peanuts from, but while looking through these photos with my grandmother, she definitely recognized him. As soon as I flipped to this photo, she called out: "That's the Peanut Man".
The Short Line bus
This is the northern portion of Bellevue Avenue, now the site of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The Strand Theater
The troops gather to watch "Behind the Enemy Front" at the Strand Theater on Washington Square. The Strand was renamed the Jane Pickens Theatre in 1974.
If you liked these and want to see more great old Newport photos, check out:
From the Vault #2
Return from Newport RI - From the Vault #1 to Newport Rhode Island Blog
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