CONEY ISLAND (1899)

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The year is 1899. East Side, West Side, All around the town . . . If you lived in New York City at the end of the 1800s and first half of the 20th century, Coney Island was THE place to go to cool off from John Sebastian’s “hot town Summer in the City”, where the sidewalks were “hotter than a match head”. Located in Brooklyn, Coney Island boasted a sandy beach on the cool Atlantic Ocean, and a massive amusement area: Luna Park, Steeplechase Park (with its wooden horses, that folks rode down a rolling steel track), and the short-lived Dreamland, which was destroyed by fire in 1911.

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By the 1920s – the Wonder Wheel ferris wheel, the Cyclone and Thunderbolt roller coasters were popular attractions. But, following the end of World War II, Coney began a long decline. Today, there is a valiant attempt underway to revitalize the amusement area, with modern rides, albeit on a smaller scale than 100 uears ago. And we wish them well, as Coney Island begins to write a new chapter in its 128-year history.

At American Photo Colorizing, our goal is to shred the black & white veil that separates us from the exciting, vibrant lives of those who came before us. It’s time to “Go Color” with your vintage and antique family photos. Your ancestors are counting on you!

1899 - Coney Island Swimmers (R1)

1899 - Coney Island Beach

HERE’S SILENT FILM COMEDIAN, ROSCOE “FATTY” ARBUCKLE AT CONEY ISLAND IN 1916

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1916 - Fatty Arbuckle At Coney Island

VINTAGE CONEY ISLAND – ORIGINAL HAND-TINTED POSTCARDS
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HERE’S A FUN CLIP FROM EDISON’S “RUBE & MANDY’S VISIT TO CONEY ISLAND” (1903)

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