Life Magazine: The Real Boardwalk Empire

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The Real Boardwalk Empire: Nucky Johnson’s Old Atlantic City
In Martin Scorsese’s new HBO series Boardwalk Empire, a politically connected mastermind named Nucky Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi) runs 1920s Atlantic City with an iron fist. In reality, Atlantic City was the fiefdom of Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, a Republican party boss and New Jersey kingmaker who held uncontested control of the South Jersey city from 1911 to 1941. Here: an aerial view of Atlantic City and its famed boardwalk and piers in 1940.