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The Iron Pier: 1903

The Iron Pier: 1903

1903. "Bathers and the Iron Pier -- West Brighton Beach, Coney Island, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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A Chorus Line

It appears some of the male bathers are auditioning for the Rockettes.

Pier review

There were two "Iron Piers" constructed on Coney Island in the post Civil War era (one known as the Old Iron Pier (built in 1879) and the other as the New Iron Pier (built in 1882). They served steamboats from Manhattan piers and Rockaway that brought patrons of the beach and its attractions for day and overnight trips. But that came to an end at the beginning of the 1911 season, when the Dreamland amusement park burned after a clumsy worker repairing a roof kicked over a bucket of hot tar into some light bulbs, starting a nine-alarm fire. The two Iron Piers were effectively destroyed by the blaze, with their usefulness negated. Only Steeplechase Pier remained.

Unusual beach scene

First time I've seen a two-story pier.

The musical stylings of Harry Von Tilzer

Vintage ditty referencing the eponymous iron pier:

(Cued up to the key bit.)

Cullen's Coney Capers

Apparently the life saving wasn't always fun and games


I like the horsing around in the front there, especially the stern look on the face of the woman hoisted by the lifeguard. Oh, and where’s Waldo -- um, everywhere?

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