The Bobs coaster, the Parachute Jump and Silver Streak: Fascinating color photos that were created in 1948 show day trippers on Coney Island and enjoy excitement and sunshine
- Coney Island was discovered by European explorers in the 1600s, but remained undeveloped until the 1860's.
- By the 1920s, with its Cyclone roller coaster, it had the reputation of & # 39; a & # 39; playground of & # 39; e people & # 39;
- It experienced a dip in fortunes in the 1940s, but these incredible photos captured it at a peak
Coney Island has & # 39; has been a roller coaster of fortune for years – but these incredible vintage photos that were made in 1948 caught it clearly at a peak.
They show sunbeds that fill their tan on packed beaches, people who walk in the ocean and walk along the boardwalk enjoying exciting rides, including The Bobs coaster and the famous Parachute Jump.
Coney Island was discovered by European explorers in the 16th century, but it remained undeveloped until the 1860s when small hotels emerged that provided land environments that were enjoyed by writers and high-profile politicians. But between 1880 and 1910, racetracks in Coney Island attracted men, rough necks and prostitutes and fires destroyed many of the hotels.
Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, however, more and more family-friendly amusements surfaced in the much-loved Steeplechase Park and the striking Luna Park. By the 1920s, it had the reputation of & # 39; a & # 39; playground of & # 39; people with rides like The Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone roller coaster that became very popular.
By the 1940s, Coney Island began to see a dip in fortune, because a boom in car ownership meant that people could continue to travel to less crowded beaches. Plans for housing struggles plagued the area in the & # 39; 1960s and through & # 39; In the 1980s, it was a virtual ghost town. But in & # 39; in recent years, the location has seen a resurgence in popularity – it is now considered one of & # 39; e top places to visit in New York City.
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Beachgoers enjoy the & # 39; sun and swim in & # 39; an ocean on Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, in the 1948 summer heat wave
These incredible vintage photos clearly captured Coney Island at a height. The island was explored in the 16th century by European explorers
The island remained undeveloped until the 1860s, when small hotels emerged
Sunbathers and swimmers flock to Coney Island beach while a blimp with the word Flamingo glides on top
Deistripers park their bins and spades and gather round and eat corn on the head on the sand
Beach scene: Close your eyes and this can be a photo taken in today's day
It is thought that the name Coney Island is an English translation of & # 39; e Dutch for & # 39; Rabbit Island & # 39; to note the Dutch that the island had a large rabbit population then & # 39; they settled there & # 39; to establish a 17th century. The theory goes that it was Coney Island when the English arrived in 1664
A young couple of canoodles. The area has nearly three miles of sandy beaches
Swimmers take to the ocean to cool off from the swelling heat. Most of Brooklyn's waterfront was privately owned for the 20th century
An aerial photo of the Virginia Reel roller coaster, the Looper and the Whirlaway rides in 1948 in Luna Park, left. The park, which opened in 1903, was destroyed by fire in 1944. The photo to the right shows a bit of 1948-style razzmatazz
Kids wait in line to ride the Silver Streak train in the Coney Island Steeplechase Park area
Golden oldies: A view of Silver Streak ride and The Funny Place in Steeplechase Park, which worked from 1897 to 1964
People walk along the boardwalk of Coney Island, left. It was named after former Brooklyn Borough President Edward J. Riegelmann. Pictured on the right is the famous 250ft-high Parachute Jump in Steeplechase Park, which was built for the 1939 New York World Fair and moved to the island in 1941. Some people call it the Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn
One of the most exciting rides on Coney Island in 1948 was The Bobs coaster, which was also called the Tornado. The coaster, which had a wooden track and steel structure, opened in 1926, but much of it was destroyed in 1977 by arson. It was demolished the following year. The first roller coaster on Coney Island debuted in 1884 – the Gravity Switchback Railway
The Parachute Jump, left, was inspired by a parachutist training apparatus. Pictured on the right is a Bobs coaster train that doesn't drop a drop
The Parachute Jump has been shot down as a ride since 1964, but now provides visual entertainment with 8000 LED lights installed on its frame
Identical twins clawed right, left, outside across the Coney Island boardwalk and sunbeds on the beach. Pictured on the right are a few relaxing ones on the boardwalk, which is now designated a scenic landmark
Swimmers relax in the ocean, unaware that they are included for offspring
An aerial drone photo of today's Coney Island. Today it contains an entertainment area with more than 50 rides and attractions