Glitz and Glamour: Historic Atlantic City Photos

Atlantic City is no longer the hotspot it once was. Take a look back at historic images of the hotels, celebrities and events that made the city iconic.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 1: Actress Marilyn Monroe plays grand marshal as she rides on the back of a convertible down the boardwalk during the Miss America Beauty Pageant parade on September 1, 1952 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Atlantic City is no longer the hotspot it once was. Take a look back at historic images of the hotels, celebrities and events that made the city iconic. Here, a postcard of the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1904.
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Photograph dating back to the early 1900s shows a horse wearing a blanket advertising baseball at Inlet Park, harnessed to an ice cream wagon at a crowded Atlantic City beach.
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Happy and glamorous, wading in the Atlantic. Early 1900s.
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The Savoy Hotel along the boardwalk. Circa 1900-1905.
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This 1905 postcard shows people in front of the one of the shore resorts early casinos, called The Casino.
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Circa 1905 postcard of the Atlantic City boardwalk.
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Three airplanes flying over the AC boardwalk. Circa 1910
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The ritzy Breakers hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey had 450 rooms and overlooked the boardwalk. A postcard shows the hotel in 1916. The hotel was demolished in 1974.
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Circa 1910 - 1920. The Chalfonte and Haddon Hall were boarding houses run by Quakers in AC. When gambling was legalized in 1974, Haddon Hall was turned into a casino hotel by Resorts. The Chalftont was later demolished.
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Before there were pedicabs, there were wicker wheelchairs that people took up and down the promenade. A postcard of the Atlantic City boardwalk in New Jersey, 1930.
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An aerial view of Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1933 from a zeppelin.
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Jack Dempsey, who was named heavyweight champion of the world during his career, and Maz Baer are caught in a boxing match in Atlantic City, 1933. Dempsey was added to the boxing hall of fame in 1954.
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The Miss America pageant is held each year in Atlantic City. People walking on the boardwalk at Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1938. A billboard announces the final judging for the selection of Miss America.
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Patricia Donnelly was named Miss America 1939, shown here wearing her crown and holding her scepter, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Donnelly's sash is draped over her bikini. She represented Michigan.
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The Atlantic City Easter Parade is one of the oldest in the nation. Here, the official "Bestower of Carnations" at a 1930s-era Atlantic City Easter Parade in New Jersey.
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A view as tourists are pushed in a cart on the Atlantic City Pier in New Jersey in 1940.
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A view of a crowded beach, swimmers, sunbathers, the boardwalk and old time hotels in a 1940s-era photo.
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Actress Marilyn Monroe plays grand marshal as she rides on the back of a convertible down the boardwalk during the Miss America Beauty Pageant parade on September 1, 1952 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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The famous Dean Martin talks with NBC News' Jack Lescoulie, while Jerry Lewis and beauty pageant contestants walk the Atlantic City boardwalk in New Jersey on June 20, 1954.
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Mick Jagger performing live onstage with the Rolling Stones at Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 1, 1955.
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Some lucky photographer also spied The Rolling Stones' (from left) Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Mick Jagger sunbathing in Atlantic City, New Jersey in July 1955.
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Two women lean from the balcony and wave hats reading 'LBJ-USA' over the crowded hall below at the Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 24, 1964.
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On the Atlantic City boardwalk during the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks about demonstrators' portraits of three murdered civil rights workers.
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A shot of the game room in the Senator Convalescent Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1960s.
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A 1960s-era view of the Tropicana Motel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Miss New York, Vanessa Williams, was crowned the first black Miss America at the 57th Annual Miss America Pageant in 1984 in Atlantic City.
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LaToya Jackson and Lisa Hartman during Donald Trump's 42nd Birthday Celebration at Trump's Castle Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States in 1988.
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