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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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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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One of My Favorites

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.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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