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New York circa 1904. "Dreamland Park, Air Ship Building, Coney Island." Step right up to see the Santos-Dumont Airship No. 9 -- only a dime. Extra added Axis-flavored attraction: swastika decorations on this Japanese pagoda, the "Revels of Japan" tea house; the airship was in a hangar out back. View full size.