It’s the time of year when I start thinking about the beach and the New Jersey shore in particular. I was looking for photos to “Percolate” and some of the iPhone photos from Wildwood lend themselves to the process.
The Famous Wildwood Sign
The Boardwalk at Wildwood
One of my all time favorite ice cream parlors is Cool Scoops in Wildwood, New Jersey, although I must admit that I don’t go for just the ice cream. Cool Scoops is like a mini retro museum of toys and music collectibles, and with each one of our visits the collection seems to grow. When you walk in the first room has booths fashioned from old cars. These are usually full but luckily we got a prime booth. Each room has different themes and collections, such as super heroes, retro sitcoms, and music.
One of my favorite booths.
I love this lamp and the Beatles pictures.
This TV was playing “Thunderbirds”
Some Super Heroes
Batman and the I Dream of Jeanie Lamp
That same waitress from last year who gave us the cold shoulder
My son wants us to decorate our house like this (and I actually agree!) I can’t wait to visit again to see what they add next!
One of the things I love about Wildwood is the abundance of neon signs on almost every motel and hotel on the strip. Many of the signs are the originals which have been preserved or refurbished to fit the Doo Wop theme. I imagine that the main drag is a little like a smaller version of the Las Vegas strip in the 1960’s. I took all of the pictures using Hipstamatic set on random to get a variety of different looks. I found that the Hornbecker lens and Pistili film combination worked pretty well at night.
Today we stopped for cheeseburgers and a shake at White Manna in Hackensack, New Jersey. I’ve driven past this little hamburger joint for years but this was my first visit. This White Manna has been around since 1946 and is one of the oldest diners in this area. There are usually lines out the door of people who love their little hamburgers, which are also known as sliders.
The inside is incredibly small. It looks like the kind of place that Edward Hopper would have painted. There is only counter seating for around 12 and the hamburger grill is sort of in the middle of the counter area. The burgers are made as they are ordered. The wait seemed long only because the smell of the burgers and onions frying makes you even more hungry.
The Dining Area
The neon wasn’t on today but I still love the sign.
Brushes on iPad.
A close up view of one of the signs from the Neon Sign Garden in Wildwood, New Jersey.