Vintage Hi-resolution photos of Coney Island and Glen Echo Park

I found a few nice historical photos of Luna Park and Glen Echo park from 1910-1920.

The pics are in high-resolution and have a spectacular quality. Click on the pictures to see full size.

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Lord Gonchar's avatar

I'm not one for old parks, nostalgia and that kind of stuff, but I certainly can (and do) appreciate the photography and the quality of those scans.

Good stuff - and I love the reactions/positions in this photo.

(although it is looking like they could use some sort of virtual queue here ;) )

^Yep, notice the smoking guy in the first coaster-row.

I am in no way a specialist in photography, but i found the extraordinary dephts and clarity of the photos remarkable. You normally donĀ“t see stuff like that on century old photos.
Lord Gonchar's avatar
The smoking guy is what made me stop and take a closer look.

janfrederick's avatar
I love old pictures and especially old photos of parks and coasters. This is great stuff. You really get a sense of folks' personalities in these. And the detail is rich.

Can't wait for the redo of DCA. ;)

"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
Vater's avatar
Wow, these are spectacular. My dad is a Brooklyn native and has many memories of Coney Island, and my mom is from Greenbelt, MD, and frequented Glen Echo. They'd both get a huge kick out of these.
Pretty much forgotten now but there is an old episode of Gomer Pyle USMC that was filmed at Glen Echo back in the mid 60's..and in color too.

About 10 years ago I visited Glen Echo and at the time ( they may still be doing this ) they showed
a home movie that somebody gave them that was filmed in the park back in 1963 ( maybe 1962 ).
Some of that movie was filmed right on their coaster.

After visiting Glen Echo back then, the place sure seemed small. The Gomer Pyle episode andthat home movie really made Glen Echo look like this huge amusement park. Maybe it was for its time.

Mamoosh's avatar
Thanks so much for posting these tricktrack. Unlike Gonch, I dig old parks, nostalgia and that kind of stuff ;)

You might like this then. Just did a quick search of coney island on The links that say moving image are actually old videos from Coney Island. One of them is of Shooting the Chutes from 1896. Link

Mamoosh's avatar
Thanks for the links, mulf - as it happens I own a ton of old Coney footage, including off-ride and POV of the Shoot-the-Chutes and some great Virginia Reel footage.
janfrederick's avatar
^ YouTube...pretty please? With a cherry on top???? ;)

"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
Mamoosh's avatar
By 'own' I don't mean I own the rights to the footage. Someone graciously gave me a copy. I wouldn't feel comfortable posting it.

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