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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Thrillsville: 1928

Thrillsville: 1928

The "Aeroplane" ride at Glen Echo amusement park in Montgomery County, Maryland, circa 1928. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

I did that

I was at Glen Echo many times, but during the 50's. My Aunt Dorothy would take me for special visits. I just loved it. Went back as a teenager and couldn't believe how small it was. As a child it was soooo big and wonderful.

Meanwhile, Up in Ontario

I remember riding a plane ride like this in Port Dalhousie back in the 1950s. I couldn't beg enough quarters to keep me airborne.

Great!

I can't help but notice that there are no barriers or fences to keep the people from getting under the planes. Today, we'd have fences everywhere and warning signs.

Gotta Swing

The name of the swing ride was Aeroplane.

Pop-A-Duck

I love the names of the concessions: "Pop-A-Duck" and "Fountain of Youth". Does anyone know the name of the airplane ride?


[Update] The Washington Post, May 20, 1928

Thrills at Glen Echo

In this air age, it is not to be wondered that the new aeroplane swing is attracting patrons by the hundreds. This device, made entirely of steel, is 82 feet high, and accommodates six aeroplanes, each of which holds six passengers. There is very little difference, as far as thrills go, between this swing and an actual air jaunt. Equipped with motors and propellers, it is modeled closely after the army style planes.


A couple alternate photos of this ride from Library of Congress' Theodor Horydczak collection.

 
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