Coney Island: the name still resonates with a sense of racy Brooklyn excitement, the echo of beach-front popular entertainment before World War I. Amusing the Million examines the historical context in which Coney Island made its reputation as an amusement park and shows how America's changing social and economic conditions formed the basis of a new mass culture. Exploring it afresh in this way, John Kasson shows Coney Island no longer as the object of nostalgia but as a harbinger of modernity--and the many photographs, lithographs, engravings, and other reproductions with which he amplifies his text support this lively thesis.
The Aldens are visiting the New Jersey shore and enjoying the beach and the boardwalk attractions. A family friend has just bought an amusement pier, and the children are excited to help out. But there are rumors that the rides arenât safe, and someone has stolen a zombie from the haunted house! Can the Boxcar Children find out what's behind all the trouble?
Piece together a ride on the rollercoaster or enjoy the view from the Ferris wheel with this 500-piece puzzle from Galison. Cheerful watercolors from artist Michael Storrings thoroughly capture the joy and energy of a summer spent at the amusement park. â¢ Package: 8 x 8 x 1.6 inches â¢ Complete puzzle: 20 x 20 inches â¢ Includes insert with information about the artist and image
In 1968, three businessmen left their jobs at Cedar Point in Sandusky to purchase Geauga Lake Amusement Park. Geauga Lake had been a summertime escape since the 1870s, but by the 1960s it had fallen on hard times. The businessmenâs company, Funtime, Inc., transformed the aging facility into a modern amusement park and established a reputation as an innovative operator in one of the nationâs most competitive amusement park markets. Geauga Lake became the first park with two looping roller coasters and the first to integrate a full-scale water park, Boardwalk Shores. The company broke even more new ground in 1988 when it resurrected a classic roller coaster design to construct Raging Wolf Bobs. Images of America: Geauga Lake: The Funtime Years 1969â1995 captures the parkâs transformation and some of the countless memories that resulted from Funtimeâs 26-year ownership.
This scrapbook captures pastimes at southern New Jersey's historical resort town. Explore in new detail the stunning beachfront boardwalk with favorite attractions, including the Giant Wheel ferris wheel and the beloved gateway that reads, "Through this arch walk the happiest people in the world." See fantastic art and a spectacle of neon lights on Morey's Pier, signage from The Wildwood Motel and other 1950s-era pull-in lodges, and classic arcade games in booths packed with prizes. Recall your favorite memories from the town that has East Coast beach-lovers coming back year after year.
Warm sand and cool surf. The sweet scent of cotton candy and the thrill of your first roller coaster ride. These are the kinds of memories the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has inspired over its first hundred years as one of America'Â¬?s oldest and most beloved seaside amusement parks.Colorfully illustrated with archival images of famous attractions, unforgettable performances, and vintage memorabilia, THE SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK tells the vibrant history behind this premier California tourist destination. Born in 1907 out of beachfront bathhouses and the ashes of Santa Cruz'Â¬?s first Casino, this "Coney Island of the West" is home to National Historic Landmarks like the enchanting Looff Carousel and the classic Giant Dipper roller coaster, as well as dozens of other rides, games, shops, and venues, including the historic Cocoanut Grove, the award-winning Casino Arcade, and Neptune'Â¬?s Kingdom. The origins of these Boardwalk treasures are detailed here, along with profiles of famous personalities and loyal concessionaires who have put a friendly face on the Boardwalk for more than a century.A dazzling pageant of Americana, pop culture, and amusement park history in the making, this delightful tribute to the Boardwalk will rekindle recollections of sea breezes and saltwater taffy for years to come.
Experience life on the Jersey Shore, from the days of when such visits meant fun, games, and family values. Seaside Heights, Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Wildwood, Keansburg, and Long Branch; Walk the Boardwalk again, through the tunnel of time, and re-experience the wonders of what was. A Jersey Shore seemingly long gone, from a world that has changed the way it plays, and what is considered a summer vacation. Through this detailed accounting of a way of life, the story is told of not only growing up as a frequent visitor to the Boardwalk amusement areas, but becoming the guy in that very business, some years later. Fighting against injustice everywhere, the battle continues to preserve a way of life, that one knew and loved. The love of the games, and the simpler things in life that matter much more then they seem.
With the completion of the Garden State Parkway and a prospering societyâs increased mobility in the years following World War II, the Wildwoods transitioned from a remote barrier island along the southern New Jersey coast to a vacation mecca. Featuring free bathing beaches, state-of-the-art motels, endless nightlife, and a honky-tonk boardwalk lined with entertainment options of all kinds, the resort would thrive for the better part of the next half-century. During that golden era, Huntâs Pier became the âtalk of the walkâ: a fun-loverâs paradise of themed custom attractions that evoked the adventurous thrills of Disneyland. The âOceanic Wonderlandâ helped millions of vacationers create countless memories, whether it was a child challenging the Flyer roller coasterâs intimidating plunge or a child-at-heart exploring the dark caverns of the Golden Nugget and the haunted decks of the pirate ship Skua. Huntâs Pier captures the magic of the famed seaside amusement park through historical photographs, many published here for the first time.
Few American resort cities rival the romantic slpendor of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Since 1854, this island has evoked dreams and memories of days lived amid white sand beaches, a vibrant boardwalk, exciting amusement piers, and grand hotels. For decades it was a place where teenagers fell in love, returned for honeymoons, and later brought families. Atlantic Cities is a nostalgic return to the pre-casino days that now seem relatively innocent. The founders believed that the city would become a grand health resort, featuring healthful sea breezes and balmy days. Nearly deserted when the first train loaded with day-trippers arrived on July 1, 1854, Atlantic City, by 1900, was known throughout much of the world as "The Queen of American Resorts." With huge hotels lining the Boardwalk and unique amusement piers jutting into the ocean, the city thrived on what one promoter called "ocean, emotion, and constant promotion." Those were the days when bathers frolicked on the beach in drab clothing, when the Boardwalk was alive with throngs of happy visitors, and Miss America actually strolled the Boardwalk amid the crowds. Images like those, and of course of the annual Easter Parade, one of the East Coast's premier social events, are among the nearly two hundred photographs carefully selected for this long-awaited book.
For almost a century, the heart of Myrtle Beach was defined by a place simply called âthe Pavilion.â From the original structure built in 1908, the Pavilion was the center of the resort townâs growing tourism industry. It was a destination point for anyone coming to the Grand Strand. Here you could stroll the Boardwalk, play arcade games, make faces in fun mirrors, ride rides, dance the Carolina Shag, or sit on a bench and watch everyone else do all of the above. The Pavilion underwent several incarnations. The first ones were wooden and vulnerable, but the final was concrete and seemingly indestructible, standing for nearly 60 years. Hardly an architectural marvel, what the Pavilion lacked in grandeur, it made up for in pure old-fashioned fun. The beloved structure and its rides fell prey to economics and a wrecking ball in 2006.