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Flame War: 1905

Flame War: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Fighting the Flames, Dreamland, Coney Island." The exterior of this thrilling attraction. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.


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"Giant orang-utan, Wildman of the Woods." How curious. Cashing in on the Kipling craze, I guess.

Mowgli wasn't listed in the opening-day lineup, described below in a May 8 1904 ad from The Sun. Sounds like it was quite a spectacle: "Fall of Pompeii", "Submarine Boat", "Midget City, 300 Lilliputians", "Peter F. Dailey, A Paris Novelty" -- sounds rather ooh-la-la -- and of course "4,000 People Fighting the Flames."

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