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War Games: 1941

War Games: 1941

May 1941. "Marines riding the electric automobiles at Mission Beach amusement center, San Diego." Medium format negative by Russell Lee. View full size.


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Bumper cars were always one of my favorites at the state fair or amusement parks when I was a kid. The curved electric contacts on the ceiling, throwing off an occasional spark was a real plus. Adding to the drama, I thought I would get toasted by electricity if I stepped out of a car when they were running. I'm glad these Marines were having a good time, they had a tough future ahead of them.

Infamy is nigh

Enjoy it while you can, boys. For the next seven months.

When Words Collide

"Bumper car" must be a regional thing: In Indiana, we call them "dodge-em" cars. Maybe be a brand name or trademark.

As a child, I did not understand the concept behind this ride. I was taking my first ride and driving sooo carefully, the first guy who ran into me, got a really dirty look. I learned.

Electric automobiles?

We called ‘em bumper cars.

Belmont Park

Last time I was by, the bumper cars were still operating. They even have some of the old cars like these on display. As always, Shorpy is the absolute best website.

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