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New York circa 1904. "Surf Avenue, Coney Island." Points of interest: The "Great Musical & Scenic Railway" roller coaster ("Day & Night in the Alps"), an observation tower advertising Steeplechase Park and, at left, the "Mont Pelee" and "Galveston Flood" cycloramas commemorating the catastrophic volcanic eruption and hurricane. Bonus attraction: much Moxie signage. View full size.