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Reflecting on the memory of our honored Revere Beach historians….


This story has been reposted in honor and tribute to two remarkable, talented, kind and generous gentlemen who truly loved Revere Beach. Their commitment to preserving and promoting the rich history of America’s First Beach, a National Historic Landmark  is now memorialized and treasured for generations to come. –Bob Upton, RevereBeach.com Original  Post – November 2012 Peter McCauley & Norman Gautreau Memorialized On Revere Beach BOSTON – Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo joined Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein to announce the House of Representatives has passed two bills designating separate memorials on Revere Beach for historian Peter McCauley and artist Norman Gautreau. The two bills are a revision of one (Bill H.2022) filed by Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein in January of 2011 that ensured areas of the beach would be reserved to honor both men before current development plans were conceived. Peter McCauley             Norman Gautreau …

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This woman’s one-piece bathing suit got her arrested in 1907 Annette Kellerman dared to show her legs on Revere Beach.


Summer is here at Revere Beach….! This story is being reposted as it’s a good way to reflect upon the styles and evolution of bathing attire and swimwear over the years……Annette Kellerman and her story are featured in the 1957 film  Million Dollar Mermaid by MGM. By Kristin Toussaint July 2, 2015- Boston.com When Annette Kellerman stepped out onto Revere Beach in 1907 wearing a one-piece bathing suit that ended in shorts above her knees, her legs caused a scandal. Police were called, and she was arrested for indecency. Those legs had also made her famous: The Australian swimmer held all the world records for women’s swimming in 1905. She was a vaudeville star with an act full of high dives and underwater ballet. Newspapers hailed her as “The Original Mermaid.’’ But Victorian-era vacationers didn’t care to feel the sea or sun on their skin. In the early 1900s, women …

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Annette Kellerman: Hollywood’s first nude star appeared at Revere Beach in 1907


By Justin Parkinson BBC News Magazine 20 February 2016 In 1907, Kellerman was arrested on Revere Beach, Boston, for wearing one of her suits without a skirt. But the judge accepted it had been designed for exercise and was decent, provided she wore a skirt until entering the water. t’s 100 years since Annette Kellerman became the first person to appear nude in a Hollywood film. But this was just one of many remarkable events in her life. She sat naked on a tree branch, her arms stretched upwards, but her hair largely covered her breasts. It might not seem very risque today, but this scene, from a film released in 1916, was an important event in the history of film. Annette Kellerman is regarded as the first star – male or female – to appear nude in a mainstream Hollywood production. The fantasy drama A Daughter of the Gods …

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Easter time always a special time at Revere Beach

Easter time at Revere Beach was always a very special time of the year for so many of us…. This year especially would be a very special time at Revere Beach in its heyday because of the historic cold and snowfall we’ve all grown so tired of. In fact although it is springtime according to the calendar, a cold air mass and more snow is being predicted within the next few days. In the old days many of couldn’t wait for good weather and Easter time so that we could get down to Revere Beach to enjoy the rides and all the amusements. Our parents couldn’t wait either as it was way to get the kids out of the house too! We’d all get dressed up in our Sunday best, new shoes, pants, shirts, new dresses, Easter bonnets maybe and new spring jackets to parade ourselves around and show off …

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Suffolk Downs marks its final day of live races

By PHIL MARCELO  Boston.com / Associated Press   BOSTON (AP) — Suffolk Downs, New England’s last thoroughbred horse track, celebrated its storied past with a series of tributes Saturday on its final day of live races. The once-grand Boston track recognized some of the most famous horses, jockeys, announcers and performers during its nearly 80-year history with live and video presentations. Among those highlighted were ‘‘Eddie Wrack,’’ the horse that won the track’s inaugural race in 1935, and ‘‘Seabiscuit,’’ the legendary Depression-era thoroughbred that won a major race held there in 1937. The track, which will continue to offer simulcast betting until December, also cleared out its promotional inventory, selling vintage souvenirs and other memorabilia. Sale proceeds will benefit CANTER New England and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, which help horses transition to life after racing. Chip Tuttle, Suffolk Downs’ chief operating officer, hopes the tributes offer an ‘‘appropriate appreciation’’ for …

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Story:  www.suffolkdowns.com Suffolk Downs will celebrate what is very likely the final day of racing at the 79-year-old racetrack on Saturday with a series of tributes featuring the horses and the people who have built the track’s rich tradition dating back to its opening in 1935, the track announced today. From the day’s first race, “The Eddie Wrack,” named for the horse that won the track’s inaugural race on July 10. 1935, to the ninth and final race on Saturday’s card, “The Seabiscuit,” Suffolk Downs will honor the its most famous performers and performances all afternoon long with live winner’s circle and video presentations. “We are looking forward to Saturday and to providing thousands of local racing fans what we hope is an appropriate appreciation of this facility’s legacy as one of the area’s most historic sports and entertainment venues,” said Chip Tuttle, the track’s Chief Operating Officer. Local jockeys …

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Revere votes Yes for Mohegan Sun Casino at Suffolk Downs

For the second time in four months, Revere voters have said yes to a casino at Suffolk Downs, approving a $1.3 billion Mohegan Sun proposal at a referendum today, according to city officials.  By Mark Arsenault / Boston Globe staff     Boston.com  REVERE — Mohegan Sun’s proposal to build a $1.3 billion gambling resort at Suffolk Downs won the strong endorsement of Revere voters Tuesday, reviving the racetrack’s casino aspirations and ensuring there will be a competition for the state’s most lucrative gambling license. About 63 percent of city voters supported the plan to develop a casino on about 42 acres in Revere belonging to the track, a greater percentage than supported an earlier Suffolk Downs casino plan in November, according to city figures. “We’re gamblers,” said Carol Trapani, 68, who visits Twin River casino in Rhode Island, with her husband, Gino, a few times a year. A resort casino “is …

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The Boston Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad….

Story linked from Boston.com By Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite  /  Globe Staff /  February 7, 2014     image: ARTHUR GRIFFIN/ GLOBE STAFF The Narrow Gauge Railroad On Jan. 27, 1940, the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad ended its service after 65 years of moving passengers along the coastline. It was a narrow gauge railroad, meaning the track was smaller than standard. A ferry transported people from Rowes Wharf to the East Boston station, where smaller trains moved many to the seaside resorts in Revere. As the popularity of automobiles increased, ridership declined, and the railroad filed for bankruptcy.   Story archived at BostonGlobe.com   For more on the rich history of Revere Beach , The Boston Revere Beach Lynn Railroad and much more be sure to visit the History Tab  www.reverebeach.com

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Guestbook Memories Available to View

The RevereBeach.com Guestbook was created in September of 1997.  Fifteen years later we have had thousands of memories shared here.  In April, the old guestbook was closed and we moved to a new format, where many new memories have been posted and shared. 

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