Time Machine: Coney Island (1905)

As you all know, Coney Island is the famous amusement park on the southern part of Brooklyn, N.Y. I haven’t been there in years. Probably the last time I went was in the 1970s.

But here’s how it looked in 1905, when Miss Knapp took her boarding school girls there for a day trip.

A couple of things.

1) It’s surprising there weren’t a couple of compound fractures when the girls had to jump off of …?? What was that thing anyway? It wasn’t a car. Maybe it was a bus, but when you have to climb a ladder to get on it, that’s a sign it’s too dangerous to ride on.

2) Bathing suits were really depressing in 1905. It’s like having a cop say “Nothing to see here. Move along.”

3) It didn’t take much to excite people at the amusement park. Roll them around in a big wheel. Put them on a large slide. And run a fake race on fake horses and it’s a perfect day. Can you imagine anyone in 1905 riding on a roller coaster?

Like the Cyclone, the classic wooden coaster at Coney Island that celebrates its 86th year in operation this year: