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Too Much Fun (Colorized): 1905

Too Much Fun (Colorized): 1905

I saw this photo on your site a while back. I like the detail of the image, so when I started messing around with an image editor, I decided I would like to try to color it. I looked up colored postcards of Luna Park, only to discover that this was Dreamland Amusement Park and it had burned to the ground 7 years after it was opened. Its design and decor was also panned in the press as being mostly white and drab, so I held back adding too much color to the buildings, but brightened it up as much as I could. Even the postcards show most everything is white. View full size.

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"Continuous lions, tigers, bears..."

I've found, by reading newspaper ads and announcements of the time, that Luna Park was the venue for a long line of vaudeville animal trainers.

Evidently an act would be booked into "Ring No. 1" (the only ring, actually) for a week-long showing, but I'm unsure whether two acts took turns. There might have been more than two, in order to be "continuous", but where would the animals be kept?

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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