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Topic: Coney Island of The 1940's
Message: Posted by: dpe666 (Jul 15, 2009 02:37PM)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSF8I2tDdy0&feature=related

Great video. Some of these "rides" are a lawsuit waiting to happen, but they look fun anyway. :devilish:
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jul 15, 2009 02:59PM)
Many of those rides are still being used in Australian amusement parks.
Message: Posted by: The Curator of the Unusual (Jul 15, 2009 04:33PM)
Nice clip...I'm longin for a "Coney Island caviar"...Uh, after I judge the Mermaids walk-around and go for a spin on the "Hoopla" that is...
Message: Posted by: Utah_Showman (Jul 15, 2009 04:37PM)
Nice
Message: Posted by: dpe666 (Jul 15, 2009 06:28PM)
60 years later:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDlmjrwKKaQ&feature=fvw

The last minute and 1/2 is probably the most depressing thing I have ever seen. :devilish:
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jul 15, 2009 07:17PM)
That film was made in 2000. It doesn't look that good these days!
Message: Posted by: The Curator of the Unusual (Jul 15, 2009 08:05PM)
Yes, However Our mutual Amigo from South Texas (JS#3) is on site as we write to save it!!...Does thou have No Faith??....
Message: Posted by: critter (Jul 15, 2009 08:22PM)
A&W at the mall has pretty good coney dogs.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jul 15, 2009 08:34PM)
One of the comments claims an untruth about the Cyclone. It wasn't the Cyclone which overlooked the womens bath house roof...and the nekkid women...it was the Hurricane. It's in my book 'Scary Dark Rides'. :) We used to re-ride for a Dime with crummy plastic binoculars. :)
Coney in the late 40's was Paradise.
Message: Posted by: dpe666 (Jul 15, 2009 09:12PM)
What happened? Why did Coney lose what it once had? :devilish:
Message: Posted by: critter (Jul 15, 2009 09:18PM)
Why do the greatest amusement places in the world die?
Please see: http://natpark.org/
Spokane's own tragic loss.
Message: Posted by: The Curator of the Unusual (Jul 15, 2009 09:40PM)
While we are at it...Growing up in Chicago my Mother said I was taken here...Although I was 6 when it closed (1967), I was taken there at a earliar age and I don't remember it at all except for the stories from my cousins and other family members (I am the runt).....Too bad JS#3 wasnt old enough at that time to save this one.....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot47vAN4HBY
Message: Posted by: critter (Jul 15, 2009 09:46PM)
It's ironic that we have a cemetery here called Riverview.
Message: Posted by: The Curator of the Unusual (Jul 15, 2009 09:56PM)
I met Marshall Brodein when I was a Kid...well, sort-of...I knew him as "Whizzo on the ole "WGN Bozo's Circus".I also purchased his "TV Magic" set....In 2004 I played the St Charles Illinois Fair and met him in person..Talked io him for hours it seemed, What a Great Person!...However, I saw him perform in Person at this Classic Chigo-Land Park that failed in Bolingbrook IL....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0InNa4G79_w
Message: Posted by: Rotten (Jul 15, 2009 10:42PM)
Times have changed. People were simpler then. The video shows that. Now we have Vegas! Disney land and world and mass air transit. Six Flags filed chapter 11. Granted that company has had bad management for a number of years but the small guys are struggling.
Message: Posted by: The Curator of the Unusual (Jul 16, 2009 12:21AM)
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On 2009-07-15 23:42, Rotten wrote:
Times have changed. People were simpler then. The video shows that. Now we have Vegas! Disney land and world and mass air transit. Six Flags filed chapter 11. Granted that company has had bad management for a number of years but the small guys are struggling.
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You are so right!...Government and Social attitudes and Technologies have changed...Sometimes with all the Regs and Political Correctness, I feel like throwing in the Towel...Sadly or Happily, this is all I know...So the struggle goes on...Yet longing for the World to get its senses back... as in your words...a simpler time....
Message: Posted by: critter (Jul 16, 2009 01:12AM)
Vegas has seen better times too...
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jul 16, 2009 08:27AM)
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On 2009-07-15 21:05, The Curator of the Unusual wrote:
Yes, However Our mutual Amigo from South Texas (JS#3) is on site as we write to save it!!...Does thou have No Faith??....
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But who is going to save it from JS#3?
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jul 16, 2009 08:45AM)
I don't know if I buy the "people were simpler then" argument. Things were different, but not simpler. There were different elements in play, but human nature is still the same as it was then. It is like the sign Geo. Tilyou put up with fire wiped out Steeplechase in 1908: "I have problems today I did not have yesterday. I had problems yesterday that I do not have today..."

The question that all showmen must ask themselves is, "would someone pay to see this attraction twice?" The Disney corp has created something that people do pay to see repeatedly, and great success has been theirs. Six Flags has tried to keep people coming back by throwing up a new coaster every season or two, and we know the results of that.

Most showmen struggle to get people's money one time and are happy if no one asks for their money back, let alone come back to spend again.

The exception is the BCS, which is an attraction that people will recall fondly to their grandkids and great grandkids.
Message: Posted by: The Curator of the Unusual (Jul 16, 2009 08:46AM)
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On 2009-07-16 09:27, Todd Robbins wrote:
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But who is going to save it from JS#3?
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Uh...Like that's your cue...You know...Do that thing where you come out of the Phone Booth..and all.....
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jul 16, 2009 08:48AM)
Oh okay. Let's see, I have a pair of brass knuckles and a black jack around here somewhere...

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On 2009-07-16 09:46, The Curator of the Unusual wrote:
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On 2009-07-16 09:27, Todd Robbins wrote:
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But who is going to save it from JS#3?
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Uh...Like that's your cue...You know...Do that thing where you come out of the Phone Booth..and all.....
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Message: Posted by: The Curator of the Unusual (Jul 16, 2009 08:52AM)
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On 2009-07-16 09:48, Todd Robbins wrote:
Oh okay. Let's see, I have a pair of brass knuckles and a black jack around here somewhere...


Now don't drop the Ball!...Cause I really don't want to sit thru "Batman Returns II".....
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jul 16, 2009 10:51AM)
A two by four will jog memories.
Message: Posted by: critter (Jul 16, 2009 11:16AM)
Or eliminate them!
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