On the back: “The Convention Hall, possibly the largestd in the world, covers seven acres of ground and can seat the entire permanent population of Atlantic City at one time, with room to spare. The main Auditorium is used for exhibition purposes, ice skating carnivals and even made into a full-sized football field.”
This otherwise forgettable ocean view postcard is interesting because of the penciled message and drawing on the front. It was mailed in 1915, and the message reads: “There are two Curtis flying boats down here near the inlet. John and I went down to get a good look at them. One is flying around all the time. Fifteen dollars a ride. If I had the price I would go.” At right is a pic of a Curtiss flying boat from 1915.
The “Elephant Hotel” in Margate, New Jersey, a 65-foot wood and metal structure built by real estate speculator James Lafferty in 1881. Lafferty retained the exclusive rights to constructing animal-shaped buildings for seventeen years, and built a second, the Elephantine Colossus, at Coney Island. A third elephant structure, called the Light of Asia, was erected at Cape May, New Jersey in 1884. As I understand it, the Margate elephant was never actually a hotel, in spite of what this linen postcard might indicate. Of the three, only Coney Island’s Colossus was ever used for that purpose.
Atlantic City’s Ambassador Hotel was built in 1919 and quickly gained a reputation for quality accommodations. This would also be the location of a national convention of mobsters in 1929, the attendee roster including Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. This atmospheric night view, postmarked in 1951, was printed by E.C. Kropp and mailed from Atlantic City to the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. It has written on the back: “Will enjoy seeing you here for the E. D. Meeting. Regards, Helen.”