By John M. Holman
Contributing Writer

“HAMPTON BEACH, New Hampshire’s Leading Ocean Resort ……. Because of its accessibility, it is a favorite retreat for the business man and his family, and an attractive summer resort of unrivalled popularity. One who chooses Hampton Beach for their summer rendezvous, has indeed, united the seashore and country in one.

“Bathing, which may be enjoyed directly in front of the Casino, is nowhere to be excelled, and is entirely free from undertow.

“The Casino is an attraction in itself — spacious verandas which afford a sweeping view of the ocean. Band concerts are rendered every afternoon and evening. An equipped theater second to none, where musical comedy and high-class vaudeville are presented with change of programs weekly.

“Attractions — Dancing, Motion Pictures, Penny Arcade, Oriental Tea Rooms, Bowling, Billiard and Pool Parlor, Japanese Rolling Tables, Ping Pong and a Sliding Board for the children. Thousands of free seats to enjoy the festivities. At the rear of the Casino, is a finely laid out oval, where baseball and field sports are run off.

“Many pleasant car rides may be enjoyed along the New Hampshire coast; the ocean is continually in view and the cool sea breezes sweeping from off the water, make the ride on a summer day, most delightful.

“The ‘Mile-Long Wooden Bridge’, is only a few minutes walk to the south of the Casino, Ocean House and cottages, and from this bridge, deep sea fishing is at its best — flounders, cod, pollock and other salt water fish, are caught without being obliged to be outside in a boat. To those who prefer offshore fishing, a large motor boat is owned by Messrs. Graves & Ramsdell, and a competent skipper to take out parties.

“Hampton Beach is 46 miles from Boston, with a good boulevard road for automobiles all the distance and there is a good garage at the rear of the Casino.”

“Nicely furnished cottages to let, ranging from $175.00 to $300.00 for the season!”

Does this sound like a contemporary publicity release by the Hampton Beach Area Chamber of Commerce? It may sound like it, with the exception of a few details which have changed over the years (like the rental prices!), but the year it was written and published was 1912! It was taken from a small booklet published by Graves & Ramsdell, owners of the Hampton Beach Casino and other famous landmarks in 1912, and was used as publicity to encourage tourism at Hampton Beach 86 years ago.