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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.

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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]

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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