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Vertigo: 1928

Vertigo: 1928

The Coaster Dips rollercoaster at Glen Echo amusement park circa 1928. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

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Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park was originally founded in 1888 to be the "National" Chautauqua. It was based on the original Chautauqua, in Chautauqua, NY. Unfortunately they built near a swamp, and several of the founders died of typhoid fever within the first year, and the whole project collapsed. The typhoid problem was solved a few years later, and the park reopened as an amusement park. Many "Chautauquas" around the country went on to become parks, and even towns, such as Redondo Beach, CA. Glen Echo Park is now operated by the National Park Service.

What a thrill

especially without a seat belt!! Yikes. I wonder how many people learned about gravity~ it's the law, you know.. Now they restrain the restraining devices~ you can't move~ but you sure stay in (most of the time, anyway). Great pic

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