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Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America ATLANTIC CITY Zhang, Tingwei, and Paul H. Gobster. ” Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 15 (1998): 338–355. bands to the Miss America pageant, which has been held in Atlantic City every September since 1921. Productions headed for Broadway often first tried out their shows in Atlantic City in the 1920s and 1930s. Vinod Sasidharan These and other attractions failed to draw patrons after World War II, when the more affluent deserted the ocean-front hotels to rent or purchase beach houses on Long Beach Island, New Jersey; the Hamptons on Long Island, New York; or farther afield.

Local gentry were likely cast in The Orphan, in Charleston in 1735. The relative success of amateur performers often hinged on geography and politics. Amateur theatrics struggled more in the North, where the Puritan and Quaker ethics still had measurable influence, but began to make inroads nonetheless. A troupe of strolling players featuring rope-dancers clashed with the Quaker mayor of Philadelphia over performances in 1723, yet was able to perform in a “booth theatre” outside the city limits because the governor of Pennsylvania refused to reinforce the entertainment ban.

Layers of conversations, in different languages, competed with staccato strings of Morse code across the ham frequencies. Only with precise tuning and some luck Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America AMATEUR RADIO Long Beach earthquake. Amateur radio operators Tom Morrissey and Al Freeman sent messages via their amateur radio equipment during the Long Beach, California, earthquake on 10 March 1933. © Bettmann/Corbis could a clear signal be isolated. When two amateurs successfully exchanged messages, the social side of this technical hobby began.

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