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Coney Capers: 1905

Coney Capers: 1905

New York circa 1905. "On the beach at Coney Island." Note the kites. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Awash

Replacing the carbon electrodes in the arc lights atop the poles awash in the sea couldn't have been much fun.

[If it was me, I'd wait until low tide. - tterrace]

How did they do that?

There seems to be an American flag soaring [near the kite] way above the scene. There are flags near the shoreline that might be on the same line. Would they use a balloon to hoist that or would a kite be able to do it?

Above All

The banner on the left says "Above All Bostock's." Most likely animal (lion) tamer Frank C. Bostock.

[Bostock's is the Coney Dreamland attraction seen in this post. - Dave]

 
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