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FROM THE SCHS LIBRARY ARCHIVES
“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck
Sound Beach Lots for Sale, 1929
by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian
Daily Mirror Map of Sound Beach, c. 1930. (From the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Image copyright © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.)
Sound Beach came about in the late 1920s as a result of a newspaper’s strategy to boost its circulation numbers. The NYC-based Daily Mirror purchased over a thousand acres in Sound Beach in 1928, and the following year began advertising 20 x 100-foot lots for $89.50. The only requirements were a $12.50 down payment, a monthly payment of $3.50 until the loan was paid off, and maintaining a one-year renewable subscription to the newspaper. Buyers showed up and purchased the 2,000-square-foot lots by the Sound; some pitched tents and erected outhouses on their newly purchased lots until they were able to build their summer cottages. They got by without electricity or running water at first. After World War II, most of these original Sound Beach summer cottages were converted to year-round homes.
Enjoy an Opening Reception / Meet the Curator event for SEEKING SANCTUARY: 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island on Thursday, August 12, 6:00 pm. This event is free to members; $5 / non-members. Includes light refreshments.
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