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The Pike: 1910

The Pike: 1910

Long Beach, California, circa 1910. "A midway (The Pike -- 'Walk of a Thousand Lights')." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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The Young Ones

You don't often see young children in scenes of this era.

[I do. - Dave]

Holding Hands

What I find interesting is all the folks walking arm in arm. I doubt you would find that in a crowd scene today.

All men in hats except one

To make it more interesting, he doesn't have a jacket, only a shirt.

Shadow of its former self

All that's left to remind visitors of what once was there is a fake roller coaster sculpture and a real, but small and seldom ridden, ferris wheel. These dress up what is now a shopping and entertainment area.

The Pike in 1963


Colorized by one very talented Sanna Dullaway in this popular Reddit thread from January 2021.

So Formal

50 years into the future the atmosphere would change considerably.

When a nickel really got you something

You can get a cigar, orange cider or (I think) popcorn for 5 cents. It's equivalent to about $1.45 today.

Long lived, long lamented

Who knew amusement parks could be anything other than tacky looking ??

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