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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Coney Island Mardi Gras: 1908

Coney Island Mardi Gras: 1908

"Coney Island Mardi Gras 1908." Some interesting signs in this one. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

An Affront

The word "affronted" in the bottom of the newpaper articles (thank you Vic)... Just love that word, don't know if I've ever used it in a sentence but am certainly intrigued by the possibility. Plus the idea of "affronting" a woman has got my imagination going overtime.

Sigh, the perils of way too much time on one's hands.

Sale of confetti stopped!!!

Looks like the celebration two years earlier got a little out of hand.

[The curse of rowdyism! Not to mention its handmaidens-in-horseplay, boisterousness and hooliganism. Click the clippings to enlarge. - Dave]

1906:

1909:

1911:

Chop Suey and German Beer

And Moxie! Great stuff. There was apparently a "Mardi Gras Hotel" in Coney Island. Who knew?

 
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