Beating the heat at Gravesend Beach

The recent record temperatures left us all wilted and dreaming of winter. Be grateful we weren’t around in 1894 and members of the Prospect Hill Athletic Club, who held their annual outing on 25 July that year at Gravesend’s Ulmer Park. Here they are, fully dressed, in the dead of summer:

W.T. Mullen, photo / Outing, Prospect Hill Athletic Cl., Ulmer Park, July 25, 1894 (Collection of Joseph Ditta)

Here are the specifics on the club from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac. 1895. A Book of Information, General of the World, and Special of Brooklyn and Long Island. Volume X. (Brooklyn: Brooklyn Daily Eagle Book and Job Department, 1895), 24:

PROSPECT HILL ATHLETIC CLUB, 142 Flatbush av. Organized January 1, 1892. Membership 120. John F. Ruddy, Pres.; A. Allen, Vice-Pres.; Charles Kings, Rec. Sec.; Joseph Mint, Fin. Sec.; John Foley, Treas.; J.F. Fitzharris, Capt. Beach party and games at Ulmer Park July 25. Has foot ball and base ball team and gives boxing exhibitions.

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