Sepia Saturday

California Historical Society : Sepia Saturday Theme Image 420

This week Sepia Saturday is taking everyone to an amusement park or beach. I’m not much of a beach person with all the sand that gets everywhere and my easily sunburnt skin so here are some shots of amusement parks.


Source: Field Museum, Flickr Commons

Above is the world’s first Ferris Wheel, described in detail in The Devil and the White City. It was made for the World’s Fair in 1893 in Chicago.


Coney island, circa 1910, Source: LOC

Isn’t this stereoscope cool? It’s of Coney Island in New York. Another circa 1910 Coney Island photo shows the Bridge of Laughs.


I had to include the sort of amusement park for little kids that my grandparents would take me to. Kiddieland had simple rides like this little train which where just right for the young. I wish I had some photos of my cousins and siblings at Kiddieland with our grandparents.


At South Shields. Source: Tyne & Wear, 1950


7 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday

  1. Kiddieland I could do – even the roller coaster. When I was young I could go on the ferris wheel and regular roller coaster & etc. with no problem, but age has a way of changing all that, darn it. No more Tilt-a-Whirl let alone any of the other scary rides. Anymore, it’s double-decker buses, the merry-go-round, and the old-fashioned train for me. Maybe the a gondola ride. And shopping, of course! šŸ™‚

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  2. I remember how many times my kids, then their kids, would love rides in many Kiddielands whenever we ran into them….then the kids became enamored with the bigger scarier rides. No thanks. They also preferred the ones at the big theme parks which spent a weeks budget just to get in, as well as meant walking the whole day long, sometimes into the night. Ah, youth can have that kind of amusement!

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    • It’s sad that these Kiddieland type parks, which were a fun place to spend a few dollars and a few hours, have gone out of business. They aren’t as cool and scary.

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  3. I have to get up my nerve to ride the Ferris Wheel – and that original looks tall! I’m more the kiddie park type – trains and merry-go-rounds – and they seem to have character

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