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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Revved: 1913

Revved: 1913

May 27, 1913. "Auto polo, Coney Island." This is the last of the auto polo pics (I promise). 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Dreamland

That coaster matches very nicely with the one visible on the right in the common panoramic shot of the Dreamland fire aftermath. So I think this was taken on Dreamland Park, the city's fanciful name for the sandlot left after all the debris was finally cleared from the site, until it was turned into a parking lot in 1923.

Look at the smoke!

I guess auto polo enthusiasts cared little for cracked cylinder heads or engine blocks, given the number of cracked human heads that must have resulted.

Crazy

This was a time when a broken leg could mean amputation. What kind of Nimrod would do this?

The last one?

Aw, this was an awesome little series. So epic!

Double Dippers

The "Dip the Dips" coaster was built in 1911, joined by "The Little Dipper" a year later. Take your pick.

Help me with this one

Coney Island has had its share of roller coasters. But what was the name of the one on the right?

 
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