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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Pennyland: 1928

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Pennyland: 1928

1928. At the Glen Echo amusement park in Montgomery County, Maryland, near Washington. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Disneyland for D.C. Dwellers

Glen Echo, or "Clown Echo," as this 4-year-old pronounced it, was the closest thing we had to Disneyland 60 years ago. I was saddened when it closed down. So many memories!

[It was Disneyland for D.C. dwellers only if those dwellers were white. - Dave]

Musee Mecanique

Dan Zelinsky and the Musee Mecanique in San Francisco have a new web site:

http://www.museemecaniquesf.com

Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe

We have a store like this on the waterfront in Seattle as well. It's full of wonderful things like narwhal horns, shrunken heads, mummies and and more. They have a bunch of old machines that play organ music, stamp coins and tell you your weight or fortune. Free admission!

Free Admission

But everyone left lighter by a few coins, I'm sure. I love the flapper turning to look back, or calling out to a companion: a fleeting moment frozen in time.

Musee Mechanique

I thought of the Musee as soon as I saw this image. What a fun place. I haven't been there since it moved from the basement of the Cliff House, but I'm glad it's open for business again. I wonder if Pennyland had a gal like Laffing Sal?
http://www.museemechanique.org/3.html

Pennyland

You should visit the Musee Mechanique at Pier 45 in San Francisco (at the Wharf). Also see the website..

Penny Arcade

Amazing! One of those old machines, like the palm reader, would be worth a fortune today. I would love to know what they all are. A lot look robotic.

 
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