- City: York
- State: Maine
- Country: United States
- Source: Bodin Collection
- Approx. Date: 1910
- Photographer: Unknown
Visitors roam the various attractions of a boardwalk on a sunny day in York Beach, Maine. The shops lining the harbor seem to offer everything under the sun, from "excellent chewing candy" to camera shops and a cafe. To the left, a woman even carries a parasol because the sun's rays are so intense. To the right of the shops is a large, grand entryway labeled "The Gay White Way" that leads to a theater, ballroom, and other attractions. The entrance is made of marble and features an ornate design: four large pillars line the entryway, and diamondesque detailing is carved into the roof. The beautiful craftsmanship and detailing causes the structure to stand out considerably from the surrounding buildings. Two gentlemen are also standing in front of the entrance; perhaps they are thinking about enjoying some entertainment. With so many different attractions and shops, it must be difficult to decide what to try first when visiting the boardwalk!
York Beach, Maine is a popular destination not for both casual beach lovers and surfers due to the huge waves that reach the area. The beach has two major areas: The Long Sands Beach, a popular area due to its large size and designated surfing locations, and Short Sands Beach, whose coastline spans a shorter distance, but features more attractions such as restaurants and nightlife establishments.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.