Fascinating color photographs of Coney Island in 1948

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

This woman makes the most of a prime spot on the beach

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

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

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 located at Luna Park in 1948. The park was destroyed by fire in 1944

Bright lights on Coney Island - 1948 style

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

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

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 Coney Island boardwalk. It was named after former Brooklyn Borough President Edward J. Riegelmann

This 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

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

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 was inspired by a parachutist training apparatus

A Bobs coaster train takes a drop

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

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

Equally dressed identical twins look out over the Coney Island boardwalk and sunbeds on the beach

A few relaxing on the boardwalk, now designated a scenic landmark

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

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

An aerial drone photo of today's Coney Island. Today it contains an entertainment area with more than 50 rides and attractions

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