A Beachcomber’s Bounty
Mollusk architects, fiber makers and marine hunters created our sandy souvenirs. Here’s a veteran collector’s guide to their stories.
The treasures we find at the beach are all elements of an ocean’s story; the shoreline is the introduction where we meet some of its characters and are given clues to their far-reaching communities. When you consider the millions of mollusk shells that tumble to shore, you realize that the world’s coastlines are bejeweled beyond measure. What we spot as we look through sand and seaweed is only a hint of the world beneath the waves, of how snails and clams and other creatures survive and interact.
Frank Lloyd Wright sometimes placed seashells before him at Sunday breakfast, and spoke with reverence to those gathered about the animals’ design solutions. From the spherical to the triangular to the fancifully swirling, mollusks’ shells exhibit an astonishing capacity for variation — they’re architects of the sea, building magnificent homes that they add on to as they grow.
Surf and a Slice
Coastal Delaware has an epic appetite for pizza of all sorts — and loyalties that run deep
Maybe it’s the glistening oil that pools in the well of the pepperoni, the satisfying snap of a crisp crust or the string of cheese that hangs like a suspension bridge between a slice and a smile.
Whatever the reason, there’s something about pizza that appeals to local diners and visitors alike.
For proof, witness the profusion of places serving pizza in coastal Sussex County. There are distinctly local establishments, such as Nicola Pizza and Louie’s Pizza, both in Rehoboth Beach, and there are national chains, including Domino’s and Papa John’s.
There are versions baked in wood-fired ovens and pizzas made with grilled dough. You don’t need to be in an Italian restaurant to order it. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats has offered pizza since it opened in 1995. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, which opened in May on Route 1 near Rehoboth, offers flatbreads — essentially oblong personal pizzas.
Suits and Sensibility
Nearly a century ago, Rehoboth officials took a prudish view of ladies’ swimwear. Here’s a revealing look at how times change.
In July 1931, in the second year of the Great Depression and 18 months before Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany, The Evening Journal newspaper in Wilmington ran two dozen stories on its front page.
Paul von Hindenburg was threatening to quit as president of Germany, according to the banner headline. U.S. President Herbert Hoover had condemned wheat speculators, who were driving down the cost of the grain crop; trading on Wall Street was “dull”; there were new traffic signals along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal; and an elderly Smyrna woman had chased off two early-morning intruders when she screamed and “sprang out of bed.