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Lost Horizon: 1905

Lost Horizon: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Surf bathing at Coney Island. Children swinging on pier rope." 8½ x 6½ glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Ah, Elaine's inspiration

Nothing is more urban than New York's Coney Island, so it is no surprise where Elaine Benes got the idea for the name of her "Urban Sombrero" as featured in the 1997 J. Peterman catalog. Make your own shade, little wader, make your own shade.

Wait a sec. That rope on the right. Are we watching children being whisked up and away by some unseen power, some evil thing that is - oh, I don't know - saucer-shaped? Or perhaps they are just now arriving, pod by pod.

That would've been me

On the right, high above the water, hanging on for dear life! As Mae West once said, "A girl who knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up!"

Swim Suits

I wonder why these children are so dressed up at the beach.
I love this picture. You are really witnessing a slice of life here.

Tradition

I just goes to prove that it doesn't matter what period or era: show a kid a rope like that and they've gotta take a swing on it. That's a wonderful picture, great angle for the shot and intimacy [sp?] being right among the children.

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