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Can You Identify This Historical Photo?

Local historians dig into their archives.

Each week, we will feature a local historical photo from the archives of either Sally Spanburgh, a Southampton preservation advocate, or the Hampton Bays Historical Society and ask readers to guess what is pictured, the date the photo was taken and/or what is there today.

If you think you know the answer, let us know in the comment section below. We will let you know if you're right next Sunday when we post the next photo challenge.

 according to Brenda Berntson, of the Hampton Bays Historical Society was of the Shinnecock Bay, looking towards old Ponquogue Bridge.

Hope and Change March 25, 2013 at 01:16 PM
March on Selma?
Georgia E Van Houten March 25, 2013 at 03:00 PM
North Sea Beach
AstevensWmill March 25, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Meschutt looking east.
J. Gerb March 25, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Absolutely. Meschutt beach - was it called that way back then? I do remember it. JG
Bruno Schreck March 25, 2013 at 06:07 PM
It's Meschutt Beach, 1957 to 1962, the camera is at Lat. N 40.894826, Long. W -72.500290, pointing 78.6˚ east. The building with the railing is still there but the ramp in the foreground is gone. And I've never been there.
bchbum11968 March 25, 2013 at 06:26 PM
It is Meschutt but I don't think it was called Meschutt way back.
Bruno Schreck March 25, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Here's how to figure this one out, having never been there: There are no waves in the water, so it's a bay beach. This is Southampton Patch, so it must be Peconic Bay. There is a medium height bluff that arcs and ends about 1.5 miles away. We must be looking east based on the above. It is a public beach (or at least a private mass usage beach) based on the crowd and the flag. I'm basing the year on the young man in the foreground, his haircut and the rolled sleeve (probably some cigarets in there); also the men's swim suites (could be as early as 1953, not before because of that haircut). I think it's a weekend, because of the high percentage of men. Then, checking Google Earth, there is only one place like that, and you can even see the shadow of the railing of that building.
lynngrace March 26, 2013 at 08:52 PM
It is the North Sea Beach.
bchbum11968 March 26, 2013 at 09:53 PM
No, there is no rock:)
lynngrace March 27, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Squint and you will see it. :)
bchbum11968 March 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Nor has NS beach ever had steps, a flag, a lifeguard station:)
lynngrace March 28, 2013 at 02:54 AM
I don't know...my friend owns the first house to the right of NS Beach and he has steps. I guess we will have to wait till Sunday to find out. What makes me think it is NS Beach is the dunes as we call them, or bluffs as others do. The proximity looks the same, but ???
lynngrace March 28, 2013 at 02:30 PM
But since it is the Hamptons Bays Historical that has the picture, more likely you are right.
highhatsize March 28, 2013 at 04:17 PM
When I was a kid we went to "the Ocean" or "Peconic". I don't think that anyone called it Meschutt until the '60s or later when the town put up a sign to that effect. In the old days there was a platform anchored out in over-the-head depth. It was a test of courage for little kids to swim out to it. That's probably the reason that the town removed it.
bchbum11968 March 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM
I went there as a kid for Red Cross swimming lessons:)

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