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Fun Noir: 1905

Fun Noir: 1905

"Luna Park at night." Third in a series of Detroit Publishing glass negatives showing the Coney Island attraction at night circa 1905. View full size.



I missed this great photo somehow!

[Click the "Coney Island" tag above the photo and you will find even more! - Dave]

Fun Noir...

... is a popular expression, in French Québec, meaning a whole lot of fun. Ils ont eu un fun noir -- "they had so much fun." (I know Dave made a wordplay, but still it surprised me to see that expression.)


I was so caught up in the lights and decorations that I didn't even notice the people at first--with the soft blurring they look like lights too.

Time machine

This picture makes me want to go back and feel what it was like to live back then.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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