Atlantic City the Summer Hotbed in the 1920s


Jews may now congregate in Margate during the summer months, but Atlantic City was clearly king 90 years ago if the Exponent ads back then are to be believed.

More than 20 ads tout accommodations ranging from hotels to cottages to boarding houses. Running water is a feature of one place and another said “all rooms [include] communicating baths,” whatever that means.

The largest ad is for The Breakers, a hotel with an interesting history, according to

The building opened as the five-story Hotel Rudolf in 1895. New owners renamed it The Breakers in 1926 after major expansions turned it into a 12-story hotel with a 17-story façade facing the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

In 1931, the hotel became the city’s first to observe kosher dietary laws.

During World War II, however, the U.S. military took over the building for use as barracks. After the war, the building became dilapidated; by 1965, it closed and was demolished nine years later.

Today, the star-crossed former Revel casino occupies the site.  


  1. I’m trying to find information about a kosher boarding home in Atlantic City. The year is around 1965. The boarding home was called chevises,
    If anyone has information please contact. [email protected]. Thank you.


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