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A Trip "Abroad" With No Exchange Worries:
In Bermuda your American dollars buy full value. For as little as $60 you can enjoy the round-trip ocean voyage on "pleasure-planned" liners. Bermuda's hotels and guest houses always quote their moderate rates in dollars.

You'll never forget this *different* kind of trip. Bermuda is a "foreign" land only two days away. You need no passport. Just go to the pier in New York or Boston, come aboard....and go abroad!

--magazine ad, 1930s

Steeplechase Park at Coney Island
Sending the kids to summer camp was a tradition that began in 1877, when the first charity summer camps were set up for poor city children. Urban reformers were becoming concerned about the unhealthy effects of city life on children. The movement picked up steam in the 1900s, when progressive leaders began to tackle the urban slum problem in earnest.

The camping craze of the 1910s and 1920s made sleep-away summer camps more popular, and by the 1930s there were camps for kids of all income levels. Affluent families sought to send their kids to the most exclusive camps.

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