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|"102 STEEPLECHASE PARK, CONEY ISLAND, N.
Y. / 6A-H2568" unused linen
postcard from Frank E. Cooper, fresh appearance. Includes several
signs--FREE CIRCUS, FLYING TURNS, THE FUNNY PLACE--and Ferris wheel in the distance. $4.00
H. P. Double Cylinder upright / engine and boiler with electric light /
plant attached. A compact and highly / efficient outfit particularly
adapted for / operating the Parker Jumping Horse / Carry-Us-All" unused
circa-1908 (unevenly divided back) advertising postcard for the C. W. Parker
in Leavenworth Kansas, maker of amusement park carousels. Back continues:
'This combined engine and boiler has stood the test for 15 years. It is easy
to operate, uses little fuel and has few parts. A monkey wrench can be used
on every both. For prices address C. W. Parker, Leavenworth, Kans. World's
Largest Manufacturer of Amusement Devices'. Rare: no other offers, no
recorded sales, and no exhibits when we searched the Internet.
"2008 Loop the Loop, Coney Island, N. Y." unused circa 1907 - 1908 (unevenly divided back) postcard, made in Germany, small upper corner crease, bottom corner crease tangential to the image, minor bottom corner wear. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 an(c)
"2058 SCENE in LUNA PARK, Coney Island, N. Y. / ILLUSTRATED POST CARD CO., N. Y." showing a ride on a pole prominently, black & white with sky tint on undivided back post card mailed there 1908, lightly toned back, cancel ink on front, corners worn. $6.00 na
"2067 VIEW OF DREAMLAND at NIGHT, Coney Island, N. Y. ILL. POST CARD CO., N. Y." black & white postcard with glitter added on unused undivided back, toned back, corner wear & rounding, toning in front caption area. One large sign for FIGHTING FLAMES. $6.50 nga
"2745 ENTRANCE TO LUNA PARK, PITTSBURG, PA." color post card printed in Germany for the Souvenir Post Card Company, circa 1910, back has an erased penciled message & toning, minor corner rounding, top front sky has toning that could be tape residue partly cleaned off. $4.25 ap(p)
"55- A Cozy Nook in Carnival Park, Kansas City, Kans." with a merry-go-round at the left side & a circle with park benches in the foreground; color view printed in Germany for the Elite Post Card Company of Kansas City, mailed there 1908 to Miss Ada Dingey in Cloud Ohio by her cousin George, lightly toned back, 1/2" tear in grassy area, upper corner crease, other corner wear minor, light curvy line of ink in the sky. This short-lived amusement park opened May 1907 & closed October 1911 for reasons that are still not understood. Rare in any condition. $15.00 ak(k)g
"6452--ROCKY GLEN, NEAR SCRANTON, PA." black & white undivided back post card mailed 1905 at Scranton, minor corner wear, a little extraneous writing on back. Shows the amusement park, including some of the roller coaster at the right. Now sadly gone, with no standing buildings; the coaster was disrespectfully bulldozed & covered with debris. $17.50 p(s)a*
"66 NIGHT SCENE ON LAKE, ELECTRIC PARK, KANSAS CITY, MO." from the lake, lit by approximately 100,000 bulbs, 2 towers framing the scene which includes the arc of the covered band pavilion towards the right--where Sousa, Sorrentino & Scariatti played at this former amusement park. Color postcard mailed there SEP 14 1908 to Miss Adah Dingey in Cloud Ohio by her cousin George, lightly toned back, small but conspicuous upper corner crease, long bottom corner crease hidden in a dark area, 1-3/4" internal crease vertically from the top edge. $4.75 m(k)gae
"89 A Conventional Hall, Cedar Point on Lake Erie" showing the interior, unused linen postcard from G. A. Boeckling Co., fresh appearance. $2.75 a
"9368 BATHING AT EUCLID BEACH , CLEVELAND OHIO" with a crowd before the Bath House; postcard with undivided back from an undisclosed publisher, mailed there 1907, toned both sides, minor corner rounding. $4.50 o(c)a
"9614 / General View of Virginia Beach, Va." including the tracks of amusement park rides in the foreground, white-border era post card, unused, slight yellowing of the paper with age, minor corner & edge wear. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50va*
"Adam J. Stahle / PROP. // DIAMOND POINT HOTEL / and Pier / Canarsie L. I." with signed L. Biedermann art depicting its premises from above, including an airship; postcard mailed from Brooklyn OCT 30 1921 to Mrs. Valentine Ashenfelder in Phoenixville Pennsylvania, tiny upper corner bend, light toning at the upper right front corner, darker toning near the back edges. The hotel accommodated visitors to the adjacent Golden City Amusement Park in Brooklyn; it was demolished for the Belt Parkway in the early 1930's. Surprisingly little memorabilia can be found from this hotel, and we cannot explain it. $15.00 g(s)n(b)n(c)a!
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"Airplane View of Buckeye Lake, Ohio / 4A121-N" as it looked circa 1934, including a good length of the amusement park roller coast at the left side; unused postcard printed by Curteich & distributed by Welsh News Agency, trivial wear at one bottom corner. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. o(b)a
"America's Finest Amusement / Myrtle Beach, S. C. / Sunset at Pavilion Amusement Park at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina" including the Galaxi rid & Ferris wheel prominently, continental postcard with scalloped edges as issued; mailed 1978 to the Rieck family in Lakewood Ohio by relatives. When 'lots of big jellyfish' were on the beach. Trivial wear at 2 corners. $1.25 as(m)sg
"Am sending you a picture of the tower we plastered inside and out ..." uncaptioned real photo postcard mailed June 22 1912, our caption from the message text, upper corner crease misses the image, traces of cancel ink show in the front borders, lightly toned back. This structure was located near the diving tower at Riverside Bathing Beach. It was refurbished when the Union Traction Company of Indiana bought the burnt-out White City Amusement Park in 1911 & restored it to a functionality that was to last 11 years. Decidedly rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 ai(i)
"A Scene at Hanlans Point. Toronto, Canada" including a steamer near the beach, a ball range, fine cigar concession & a large water slide at the right; private post card mailed there AUG 6 1908 (1-c Quebec Centenary stamp tied by crisp cancel), album toning to the back, a little cancel ink shows in the sky, trivial corner wear. This amusement park shown, usually written Hanlan's Point, gave way to today's airport. SALE IN PROGRESS ao(t)
"At York Beach Me. a new modern amusement park at / Maine's most beautiful beach resort...." unused Dextone chrome multiview postcard with 3 scenes--the entrance to Funland, an area with park benches & the carrousel near the kiddie boat ride; from the Maine Publicity Bureau, trivial edge wear. Nice, as shown: $5.00 ma. Same, but a hint of wear at 3 corners. $4.75 ma
"Bamboo Slide, Long Beach, Calif." including signage for the Crazy House & 'FREE AUTO EXCURSION', a long pier in the background; post card with divided back published by M. Kashower Co. (their no. 43), lightly toned back, small bottom corner crease, minor corner & edge wear. The amusement park at Long Beach is called The Pike. Seen elsewhere at $9.99. Our price: $7.00 c(l)a
"Bathing Beach at Waldameer Park, Erie, Pa." post card made in Germany for H. H. Hamm, mailed MAY 1 1910 (clear TRANS. CLK. R. M. S. ERIE PA. hand cancel) to Columbus Ohio, noticeable corner wear, back lightly toned, smudge of cancel ink in the sky. Such early views from the amusement park (replete with coasters & thrill rides) are hard-to-find these days! $10.00 p(e)a& NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"Bathing Scene, Gordon Park, Cleveland, Ohio" post card mailed 1909, minor corner & edge wear $6.00
"Bird's Eye View of White City." looking down the chute-the-chutes ride at the Cleveland amusement park, Poly-chrome postcard with glitter added, mailed there 1906 to Fort Erie Ontario, light toning both from album contact, small upper corner crease. This park operated from 1900 - 1908, reopening as the Cleveland Beach Park in 1909. $12.00 ao(c)g
"Buckeye Lake Park near Newark, Ohio" with ladies seated on rustic benches, rides in the background; litho-chrome postcard Nr. B 13029 published by The American News Company, mailed AUG 14 1907 from Roseville Ohio to Miss Lora Knapp in Philo Ohio (clear receiving mark there the next day), small upper corner crease, 2 tiny pinholes at top center close very well, minor edge wear, lightly toned back. Hard to find! $11.00 o(b)a
"B2270I20 Casino Bldg. at Olentangy Park, Columbus, Ohio." post card published by H. G. Zimmerman, mailed AUG 13 1909 to Elmer E. McCurdy in Loudonville Ohio (where it was 'HELD FOR POSTAGE' in black, 1-c Jefferson applied & then marked 'This is the mail/letter/package for / which you sent postage in violet'), both upper corners creased, noticeable edge wear, back pencil writing smeared a bit, front toned. Hard to find in any condition. When we searched the Internet we found 2 places showing it, but no places actually offering it. $8.50 ao(c)-o
"CATERPILLER RIDE - 1938 / Photo: Kurt Hutton Hulton Picture Co." a pretty laughing woman stands on a moving amusement park ride, wind blows her skirt up to reveal suspended stockings; unused black & white continental post card, copyrighted, printed in England. tiny corner crease does not affect the image. $2.25 ha
"Collection "UN PAYS, UN PHOTOGRAPHE" (1re série). LE JAPON / 3. Françoise Huguier Kora-Koen. Tokyo, Japon (1982)" showing a crowd as seen from the top of a waterslide, black-and-white continental postcard, trivial edge wear. $1.25 aj
"Coming Down the Big Chute Scenic Railway, / Exposition Park, Conneaut Lake,
Pa." unused postcard from W. W. Wilt (numbered 714 on back), 2 corners
creased (1 is tiny), minor edge wear. The Scenic Railway, as it was
sometimes called, lasted from 1909 to 1937, when it was replaced by the much
more famous Blue Streak. Rare: when we searched the internet no one was
offering or had offered this card & no one was even exhibiting it.
"CONCRETE PIER AT EUCLID BEACH, CLEVELAND, OHIO." with a crowd of people, looking out to Lake Erie with a few small boats; white-border era post card published by Braun (numbered 150 on back), mailed at the Collinwood Station 1920 to Mrs. Rev. Purdy Van Wicklen in Lakeside Ohio, small upper corner crease, minor corner wear elsewhere, light toning shows in the front borders. Hard to find! $15.00 ao(c)
"CONNEAUT LAKE PARK, PA." with the larger amusement park rides in the background, white-border era postcard, corner & edge wear, a little toning on front. Photograph sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 pa^
"Copyright 1905 by the Rotograph Co. / 4508 The Historical Mounds, Idlewilde Park, Newark, O. / Handcolored" including a group of resting children for scale, post card with undivided back, name written on back, good edges. The mounds were engineered by Indians of the Hopewell culture, 160 BC - 310 AD (by carbon dating). In 1905 the mounds shown were being used as part of an amusement park operated by R. C. Lingafelter. Hard to find! $10.00 o(n)hai
"Copyright 1905 by the Rotograph Co. / 4777 Refreshment and Dining Hall, Seccaium Park, O. / Handcolored." postcard with undivided back mailed AUG 2 1905 (partial Crestline TR. CLK. hand cancel) to Miss Helen F. Douglas in the Isle of Wight England, stamp removed, long internal crease most easily seen from the back, AUG 3 NEW YORK FOR. Sta. transit cancel on front, clear RYDE I. OF. WIGHT AU 14 1905 arrival marking on back. This little-known amusement park was between Bucyrus & Galion, a business venture of the Ohio Central Traction Company interurban line which connecting the two towns. It contained a casino, dance pavilion, roller coaster, a baseball diamond, midway & more. Rare. $20.00 o(s)o(g)o(b)ar
"COTTAGE TENTS EUCLID BEACH CAMP GROUNDS / CLEVELAND, OHIO" mailed 1912, long crease & corner crease. Euclid Beach was such a large amusement park that families would travel there from many miles around, requiring overnight accommodations. There were so many things to see, do, and experience that many made an inexpensive vacation of it! $7.50 aoc
"COURT HOUSE, NEW PHILA., OHIO." at 10:10 am judging by its clock, banner over nearby streetcar tracks reading 'TUSCORA PARK OPENS JUNE' (when held to a mirror). Unused postcard made in Germany, spotty toning on back, minor wear to 2 corners. The amusement park opened June 1 1907 in New Philadelphia & once featured a swimming pool, picnic area, carousel, Ferris wheel, batting cages, miniature golf & rides. $12.00 o(n)ca
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"CRYSTAL ROCK CASTLE, CEDAR POINT ON LAKE ERIE" a corner view as seen from a high vantage point, unused postcard made in Germany pre-World War I, small spots of light toning on back, mild corner & edge wear. $5.00 o(c)a
"Electric Park At Night, / Baltimore Md." showing the main entrance of the amusement park & the tracks of the North Avenue line of the United Railways & Electric Company trolley in the left foreground; color from the Illustrated Postal Card Co., mailed 9 JUL 1907 (clear TRANS. CLK. CAMDEN BALT. MD. hand cancel) to Miss E. C. Whealan in Bellaire Ohio, couple small spots of toning & a red check mark on back, minor corner & edge wear. Rides at the park included a carousel, shoot-the-chutes, human roulette wheel, roller coasters & more. The site of many historic Maryland firsts, it was nonetheless razed in 1916 & no trace of it remains today. $8.50 am(b)s
"FIGHTING FLAMES, DREAMLAND" with the front entrance of the large building where that spectacle was viewed; black & white post card with undivided back mailed 1904, lightly toned back, two 1/4" tears close well, upper corners creased, front toned unevenly, internal crease near top right front edge, as is. The Coney Island show allowed viewers to witness firemen fighting a tenement blaze, with tenants jumping from the windows--all in make-believe, of course--one of the most bizarre spectacles ever created for amusement park purposes. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 afn(c)
"GAYWAY / SEATTLE WORLD'S FAIR" showing the amusement zone for children as seen from above, unused chrome postcard separated neatly from booklet, from a color photo by Mike Roberts, copyrighted, faint small corner bend. The fair was held in 1962. $3.00 eaw
"Grande / Vista" showing the motor court operated by the House of David Israelite sect to accommodate visitors to their Springs of Eden amusement park, popular as a vacation spot on US Route 12 in the 1930's. This complex included a nightclub & an Indian artifacts museum. Sepia-tone real photo postcard with glossy finish, high contrast, good focus, slight oxidation & an upper corner crease. Mailed AUG 29 1938. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 amm(r)r
"GREAT HIGHWAY AND BEACH ESPLANADE, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. 97" as seen from a high vantage point, including an amusement park area with roller coaster & Ferris wheel at the left; linen postcard with writing neatly near the back bottom, 2 back corners with album marks, trivial wear at one corner. $3.00 ac(s)
"Greetings from / Cedar - Point" with large-letter design in color, many babies within the lettering; color post card mailed 1907 from Sandusky Ohio, lightly toned back, noticeable but small chipping along the top edge, other edge wear is minor. $6.00 o(c)la
"Greetings from FRONTIER CITY, U. S. A." showing the main entrance at the top & a mock gunfight in progress at the corral below it; multiview chrome post card mailed 1963 from Amarillo Texas. This was the early days of the Oklahoma City amusement park with a western theme. The corral seen here was fashioned from the bleachers used during Eisenhower's second inauguration. $2.00 coa NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"Hanlan's Point at Night. Toronto, Canada" showing the amusement park, postcard from Valentine & Sons, unused, minor corner & edge wear. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 277% of original area) & enhanced 120-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.75 ao
"HANS NORDHOFF / MERRY-GO-ROUND, 1938" showing many riders suspended from above as seen from below, unused continental postcard in black & white, copyrighted. Excellent photography at an unusual angle. $1.75 ap!
"Idora Park, Oakland, California" including some well-dressed people walking towards a large building, in color, post card mailed there to England in 1909, corner & edge wear, one corner multiply creased, a few small spots of toning near the back edges. Now long-gone, this started as a trolley park but was at the time a full-fledged amusement park. $5.50 ca
INDIANA BEACH AMUSEMENT PARK & CAMP GROUND
"Bathing Beach with Ballroom showing in Background / Ideal Beach Resort -- Shafer Lake, Ind. 71317" including many people in the water, unused Tichnor linen post card, good edges, fresh appearance. Part of the Indiana Beach Amusement Park and Camp Resort. $4.50 i(s)i(l)a
"Steel Pier and Section of Swimming Area / Indiana Beach, Shafer Lake 2C-H464" including many people there, circa 1952; unused linen postcard, tiny corner crease, otherwise fairly fresh, detailed information about the Indiana Beach Amusement Park and Camp Resort on the back. $4.50 i(s)i(l)a
"THREE GROUPS OF COTTAGES Indiana Beach, Shafer Lake / BEACH HOUSE HOTEL / The Hoosier State's Largest and Most Complete Summer Resort 2C-H469" unused circa-1952 linen post card, lightly toned front margins, good edges. Served the Indiana Beach Amusement Park and Camp Resort. $4,50 i(s)i(l)a
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"In the Japanese Fishing Village, Traditional Boys Day Fish / Kites Fly Against Florida's Bright Blue Sky at MARCO POLO / PARK, Just North of Daytona Beach, Florida" unused continental postcard with 1971 copyright, excellent condition. This defunct theme amusement park -- replete with Ferris wheel, spinning tea cup ride, log flume, etc. -- operated less than 4 years. With stiff competition from nearby Walt Disney World in Orlando, and no easy exit for south-bound travelers, it folded quickly. Modern era but rare nonetheless! $10.00 akf(m)
"KIDDIES POOL AT THE BEACH CLUB, WILDWOOD-BY-THE-SEA, N. J." with a giant Ferris wheel in the distance, linen post card mailed 1941, one corner multiply creased (not into image), a few sports of cancel ink in the sky, worn bottom corners, long horizontal crease through center of the card, as is. $1.25 ans
"LIBERTY PIER, SAVIN ROCK, CONN." postcard showing hot dog stand, frozen custard stand, dodgem, etc., white border era, lightly toned back. $8.00
"Luna Park, Coney Island, N. Y." showing a giant slide & some oddly shaped structures, brown-on-yellow within an embossed border surrounded by brown, much corner & edge wear, corner crease, spots at top back edge, very late usage at Hailesboro (2 different cancels there), toned front. $4.00 na% Similar, but more edge wear & small scrape on front, very late usage at Lake Clear Junction. $2.75 na
"Manufactured by / C. W. PARKER / World's Largest Manufacturer of Amusement Devices / Leavenworth, Kansas" with gorgeous art advertising the wooden horses they made for carousels & merry-go-rounds; unused circa-1908 (unevenly divided back) postcard, trivial edge wear, just a hint of toning on back. Rare: we found no other offers, recorded sales, or exhibits when we searched the Internet. $75.00 k(l)aa NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"Miniature Railroad, Luna Park, Coney Island, N. Y." post card including a waterfall in its scenery, brown on yellowish paper within embossed border, undisclosed publisher, much corner & edge wear, very late usage at Hulberton. $6.00 nwa
"Music Tower and Mall, 'Playland', Rye, N. Y. 2 / 80779" including a floral welcome sign, linen postcard mailed in 1961, minor corner wear, a little toning along the top edge probably from the printing process. Often called Rye Playland, it is the only government-owned & -operated amusement park in the US. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 nmaf
"Night Boat Leaving Cedar Point Dock, Cedar Point, Ohio" by moonlight, unusual postcard made in Germany, published by Alexander Manufacturing Company in Sandusky, listing the amusement park attractions for the Dahl-Millikan Grocery Company over the entire back message area, mailed 1910 to Joe Taylor in Cambridge Ohio, very lightly toned back, mild corner & edge wear. The company arranged tours out of Washington Court House Ohio. $10.00 o(c)o(w)fms(l)a
"NIGHT SCENE AT LUNA PARK, CLEVELAND, OHIO." post card with undivided back, made in Germany, published by Bosselman, mailed 1907 to Miss Lois H. Scott in Youngstown Ohio, minor corner & edge wear, album toning shows in the front caption area, back toning is spotty. $4.50 o(c)ba
"NO. 67. CHUTES IN CHANG SU HO GARDEN SHANGHAI" showing a large water slide, postcard mailed 1907 (receiving cancel in front sky), stamp removed by a certifiable idiot, heavy spotty toning on both sides, mild rounding of the corners, bottom corner crease. Shanghai's first amusement park, it officially opened in 8885. As is. $12.00 ac
"Ocean Front from Pier, showing Roller Coaster, Virginia Hotel, / and Bath House, Long Beach." mailed 1911 at San Pedro California, corner & edge wear. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 (ac)
"OLENTANGY PARK, COLUMBUS, O." showing a few people on the balcony of the boathouse with several rowboats nearby, sepia-tone postcard mailed to England, mild corner & edge wear, faint paper clip marks on back, a few small spots of light toning on back. $4.25 o(c)as(p)
"Olentangy Park, Columbus, Ohio" with a dance in progress, postcard mailed at Columbus JUN 24 1913 to Mrs. Will Downing in Condit Ohio by her cousin Mabell to convey family news, a few tiny speckles of cancel ink in the front sky, minor corner & edge wear, stamp removed, back lightly toned. $7.50 o(c)gda
"Paris. La Grande Roue" color side view, post card mailed there 1908. $4.00
"PARIS. -- La Grande Roue" sepia-tone postcard showing huge Ferris wheel. Unused, album residue on corners. $3.00
"PARIS. -- La Grande Roue" sepia-tone post card showing huge Ferris wheel. Unused, lightly toned back. $3.25
"PARIS. -- La Grand Roue" interesting side view, unused sepia-tone postcard. $3.50
"PARIS -- La grand Roue" black-and-white post card, writing on back. $3.25.
"PARIS. -- La Grande Roue. / Avenue de Suffren, -- LL" unused postcard, yellowish paper. $3.50
"PARIS / La Grande Roue - L. D." with a close-up view, color post card in vertical format, light toning on front, corner chipped away (about 1 / 2"x1 / 8"), as is. $0.75 a
"PARIS. La Tour Eiffel / et la Grande Roue..." postcard showing huge Ferris wheel, writing on back, yellowish paper. $2.50
"PAVILION AT RAVINIA PARK" circa 1910, unused postcard, album marks on back. $8.50
"Photo. Only, Copyright 1905 by the Rotograph Co. E. P. Judd Co., New Haven, Conn / Entrance to White City, Savin Rock, Conn." color post card with undivided back, printed in Germany, mailed New Haven circa 1908, a little extraneous writing on back, slight curl to the paper, light smudge in lower front center, minor corner wear. Message on front: 'This is a little Coney Island. Dandy Time ..." $5.00 c(s)a
"PLAYLAND, WESTCHESTER COUNTY PARK SYSTEM, RYE, N. Y. / THE PERSIAN SAND GARDEN, MAGIC CARPET." white-border era post card with very late usage at Oramel New York, two bottom corners creased (one misses image), other corner & edge wear is mild, small spot in the address area. This government-owned (!) amusement park is still operating. $3.75 n(r)a
"POOL AND PLAYGROUND - SPRINGLAKE AMUSEMENT PARK - OKLAHOMA CITY / 1B-H672" unused Curteich linen postcard on yellowish paper, minor wear to upper corners. The Ferris wheel can be partially seen in the distance. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 oa
"R-9:--Lakeside Park, between Roanoke, and Salem, Va. / 37854" with a beach & onlookers in the foreground, and roller coaster & other rides in the distance; unused white-border era postcard, very light water stain detectable from the back, trivial corner wear. $4.50 v(l)a*
"Ravenhalls Hotel, Coney Island, N. Y." with a swing ride showing at the right, brown-on-yellow within an embossed border surrounded by brown, postcard with much corner & edge wear & corner wear & rounding, very late usage at Kelly Corners. $3.50 na
"Roller Coaster, Sandusky, Ohio" color, writing on back, back soiled, considerable corner & edge wear. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 oa
"Roller Coasting, Rock Point Park, Pa." with a close-up action scene in which a woman's hat appears to be flying off her head; unused post card published by Charles F. Fisher in Ashtabula Ohio, minor corner & edge wear, front toning is noticeable in the sky. Located near Ellwood City, it closed in the spring of 1912, and much later became the present Rock Point Nature Area. Rare! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 ap(e)p(r)
"Sandy Beach Boat. / Indian Lake, Ohio" showing the launch Evelyn heavily loaded with passengers, many men (some wearing coats & ties, headed for the dance hall) gallantly standing on the top deck while the ladies sat shaded below; black & white postcard, unused, long bottom corner crease & a more faint internal crease parallel to it, uneven coloration in the left front border, minor corner rounding. Sandy Beach was the amusement park on that lake; much later it was renamed San Juan Resort. Under magnification a sign in the background advertises lots for sale suitable for cottages. $20.00 o(i)s(l)a
"Scene at Euclid Beach / Cleveland / Sixth City" showing the trolley depot at the entrance, with many passengers & streetcars; postcard mailed there AUG 12 1912 to Miss Vivian Weston in New London Ohio, upper corner creased twice (1 long), bottom corner crease, other corners noticeably worn, long internal crease from the bottom border is hard to see at first, a lot of cancel ink in the front sky. Hard to find in any condition. $12.50 ao(c)s
"SCENE IN LUNA PARK, CONEY ISLAND N. Y." glitter-added postcard, mailed 1906, lightly toned back. $8.50
"SCENE IN SAVIN ROCK, CONN." showing restaurant, Ferris wheel, and coaster in distance, lightly toned back, unused postcard. $7.50
"Scenic Railway at Euclid Beach Park, / Cleveland, Ohio" showing the second wood roller coaster built by LaMarcus A. Thompson, published by Braun Post Card Company in Cleveland, mailed there, long but faint internal crease from the left front edge, multiple creases at the bottom left front corner, other noticeable corner & edge wear. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 ao(c)
"Shooting the Chutes and Balloon Ascension - Crescent Park" post card mailed from Sterling Connecticut in 1906, album marks on front, brownish paper, tiny ding in one edge. Located in Riverside Rhode Island, it was closed in 1979 & all but one structure was razed to make room for housing. $12.00 abr
"Shooting the Chutes at Luna Park, Coney Island, N. Y." color on unused undivided back postcard from Hamlin & Moskowitz, made in Germany, minor edge wear, dark toning in bottom front caption area. Nice view of the ride in use. $8.00 na
"Shoot the Chutes, Coney Island, near Cincinnati, O." postcard showing the ride & a nearby paddleboat, published by Gibson Art, unused, album impressions at the corners, closed-up pinhole that is visible from both sides. $4.25 ao+
"Shooting the Chutes, Lakeside Park, Dayton, Ohio." unused undivided back post card made in Germany for 'The Park Series, Mrs. P. F. Mc Laughlin's' as we learn on the back, light album toning both sides, good edges. We could only find 1 other view of this ride when we searched the Internet; it sold in 2013 & was different than this one. $15.00 o(d)a
"Spring House, Eldredge(sic) Park, Elmira, N. Y." undivided back postcard published by The Rochester News Company (No. 1813), mailed SEP 6 1907 (partial ELMIRA, N. Y. TRANSFER CLERK hand cancel, annotation added on back says this was done on a trolley), bottom corner crease but not into the image, uneven light toning both sides. Eldridge (correctly spelled) was an amusement park with carousel, merry-go-round, dragon boat, arcade, roller coaster, bumper cars, ... you name it. $15.00 an(e)
"Steamer A. Wherele, Jr., Cedar Point Route" post card mailed 1909, edge wear. $7.50
"Surf Avenue, Coney Island, N. Y." showing people near the Skating Rink, postal card store, & electric scenic railway at night, color, circa 1910, unused, tiny corner crease. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 na
"The Amusement Center, Old Orchard Beach, Maine." including Noah's Ark at the right, white-border era postcard with very late usage at Biddeford Pool, lightly toned back. $4.50 ma
"THE IRA T. CLEMENT, /
LEAVING NORTHUMBERLAND / LANDING, YEAR 1900" showing the steamboat underway
near a long bridge; unused circa 1907-1908 postcard with unevenly divided
back, trivial edge wear, very light
toning to the back. This would be carrying passengers to or from Clement's
Park Pennsylvania near Sunbury, the area's first amusement park, for 5
cents. Northumberland & Sunbury are less than 3 miles apart by riverboat. The ship's namesake died 2 years earlier, but the park remained the
top attraction until 1900. Rare!
"The Lagoons, / Cedar Point" including 2 people in a canoe, black & white postcard with sky tint & red caption, mailed 1905 at Sandusky Ohio, minor corner & edge wear. At the time this post card was printed to publicize a new waterway attraction, fashioned by the Detroit Dredging Company in 1904 to drain swampy areas & thus minimize mosquito pests. Sold but its front is still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged & enhanced (publication-quality) 300-dpi scan in .jpg format. $3.75 o(c)ai
"THE LAKE AND CASINO, LAKEMONT PARK, ALTOONA, PA. 671" looking in from the water, post card with undivided back made in Germany for A. C. Bosselman & Co., mailed MAR 24 1907 (almost complete HARRISBURG, PA. TANS. STA. hand cancel) to Mrs. Julius Black in Toledo Ohio by her cousin Emma, toned both sides from album contact, small upper corner crease. One of the oldest amusement parks in the US, now with the oldest surviving roller coaster. $8.00 ap(a)gb
"THE MERRY-GO-ROUND, VINEWOOD PARK, TOPEKA, KANSAS" postcard circa 1915 but mailed much later, edge wear. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 (ka)
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"The Tickler, Luna Park, Coney Island, N. Y." brown image on yellowing paper within a brown embossed border, postcard with very late usage at Fultonham, much corner & edge wear, 2 faint corner creases. Tilting impression comes from the way the printer cut the postcard, not from any trimming. $5.00 na
"This Hyperbolic Paraboloid is the only build- / ing of its kind in the world. Located at Wedgewood Village Amusement Park..." in Oklahoma, with glimpses of the Ferris wheel & a child's ride; unused chrome post card. $1.75 oa
Uncaptioned sepia-tone real photo postcard showing a woman conveyed by a motorcycle with side car to the Tent City office at Euclid Beach amusement park (Cleveland Ohio), salesman respectfully removing his hat as she arrives; mailed AUG 8 1909 (a Sunday) to Mrs. H. S. Parks in Watertown New York, upper corner crease, minor rounding to the corners, back with uneven album toning. Postcard sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 o(c)cma
"View from Cory's Pier, Baw Beese Lake, Hillsdale, Mich." black & white postcard with sky tint, mailed 1923, minor corner & edge wear. Rare: this used to be called Water Shoot Amusement Park & Bathhouses. The building on the right was called Lake Ferry Docks. Baw Beese is sometimes seen spelled Bawbeese. $8.00 m(h)m(b)a NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"View from the Bath House, Long Beach, California" including stands selling barbeque, Cola-Cola & salt water taffy in the foreground, a long stretch of the roller coaster in the distance, Hecht's postcard mailed 1919 to Mrs. Finley in Houstonia Missouri, minor corner wear, album toning on back. $4.00 ac(l)
"Walt Disney / World / 26 COLORFUL PHOTOS of / THE VACATION KINGDOM / © WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS" booklet of views back-to-back from the earliest days of Orlando. How do we know without a date or mailing postmark? No Florida flag in the logo to distinguish it from its West Coast counterpart-- only seen in pre-opening material and the earliest postcards from there, and quickly discontinued. We believe that each of the views also became the earliest chrome postcards from there, and we have seen many of these images displayed with pride on collector websites on what they state are the earliest postcards. We doubt that many collectors have all 26 of these images! A few captions:
Trivial edge wear. Price: $70.00 for the entire booklet of 26 views. dfa
Wanted to buy--better quality postcards of carousels, calliopes, band organs & orchestrions in amusement parks. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio! *c
Wanted to buy--postcards & memorabilia from the the Big Shoal Amusement Park near Pocahontas Illinois. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio. *c2
Wanted to buy--postcards & memorabilia from Riverview Park in Chicago. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio! *c
Wanted to buy--post cards showing the Ludlow Kentucky amusement park. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio! *c
Wanted to buy--postcards showing the Marshall Hall Amusement Park in Maryland. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio! *c
Wanted to buy--post cards showing West View Park in Pennsylvania. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio! p(w)a*c2
"WF-23 'ENCHANTED ISLAND'. A PLAYGROUND FOR CHILDREN, CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR" as seen from above, 1933 postcard mailed 1956 from Berwyn Illinois, faint corner crease, Exceptionally colorful. $4.00 (aie)!-
"WF-24 SKY RIDE, CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR" post card with light cancel ink on front, mailed much later. $2.50 (ea)
"What are the wild waves saying" showing a small beach scene, hand-captioned sepia-tone real photo postcard, mailed 1910 (very rare SAND & PEO. RPO cancel) to Muncie Indiana, writer comments 'I took this picture off the Cedar Point Beach. Can you see our trains from where you work? If so, tell me the spot and I'll be looking..." Obviously unique, from an employee of the railway. The Sandusky & Peoria constituted the main line of the Lake Erie & Western Railroad Company, but no marking whatever from that line is either mentioned or shown in the authoritative US Transit Markings Catalogue Volume I. $50.00 o(c)ar(s)-r NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
(UNCAPTIONED) Private Mailing Card showing Gordon Park in Cleveland Ohio, unused. $10.00
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