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New York circa 1905. "Dreamland Park, Coney Island." Theme park attractions vying for our attention include the Shoot-the-Chutes water flume and various stunt spectaculars, cycloramas, rides and exhibits: Fighting the Flames, Fall of Pompeii, Marine Boat, Canals of Venice, the Air Ship and a pagoda-like tea house called Revels of Japan. Where to begin? 8x10 glass negative. View full size.