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Vintage photos of:
The Pike at Long Beach, California, August 1963. An old-style amusement park with wooden roller coaster "The Cyclone," closed in 1979. View full size.
I realize this isn't how most kids would use a tricycle. But you see, what I really wanted to do was play "driving a car," only I didn't have one of those. So I made do with my big brother's old trike; I'm pretending the real wheel is the steering wheel. You see. Around 1949. Look at those cuffs and that waistline; my mother was planning on my getting a lot of use out of those jeans.