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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Dreamland: 1905

Dreamland: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Dreamland Park at night, Coney Island." Among the attractions on view: "Fall of Pompeii" and "The Submarine Boat." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dreamy

As with so many of the photos on this site, it remains disturbing and baffling to me that we could build so many beautiful things 100 years ago that we seem incapable of building today.

Also, I believe Dreamland was on the site of what is now Astroland, yet this seems so much larger than Astroland.

Sweet Dreamy Dreamland

This lovely version of "Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland" fits this photo perfectly.

It all looks so CLEAN!

Wow, what a GREAT night shot!

Simply

BREATHTAKING!

'Twas but a facade

Although Dreamland appears to be constructed with marble and granite, what we are looking at here actually was made out of thin strips of wood covered with a mixture of plaster and hemp fiber. A bucket of hot pitch and an electrical problem started a fire and it all burned down in 1911.

Meet me tonight

Ah! I love all things Coney Island! Thanks for posting this beautiful picture, Dave!

 
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