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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Coney 1905

Coney 1905

New York circa 1905. "Main tower, Luna Park, Coney Island." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Re: What's the show?

Looking at some other Shorpy pics there seems to be sinage on the outside advertising a circus. Also, you can see a sign "ring number 1" near the horse, which makes me think of a circus. The rigging and supports above the horse could support a trapeze or tightwire act.

Night view?

I would love to see the same view at night.

If you look for the thousands of light bulbs following the curves and outlines of the buildings it must have been quite a sight!

What's the show?

I see that there is quite a crowd gathering to view some event. I also see that there is someone leading a horse on the stage behind the pylon. However, what are they going to do? I can't find a sign that gives me a clue.

White City

First thing I thought of when I saw this was how it looked similar to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Beautiful.

Wish I could have seen this lit up at night

I can only imagine how wonderful it would have looked.

Clever title

And judging by the crowds, Luna Park was a viral sensation in its own right.

 
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