James R. Smith's new book.
Presenting many rare photographs of Playland at the Beach and the surrounding neighborhood—including previously unpublished photographs from the private archive of ride designer Laurence Hollings—this collection contains a comprehensive photographic record of the enthralling amusement park from its construction in 1920 through its glorious heyday in the 1930s and 1940s. Each of Playland’s famous rides receives its own chapter—including the Hippodrome Merry-Go-Round, the Merry Mix-Up, and Rocket Speedway—with photographs showing both how the rides were built and how they looked in their prime. Painstakingly researched, this book also includes chapters on the pioneering park’s attractions, arcade amusements, restaurants, and nightclubs, along with incidental photographs depicting the clothes, cars, people, and customs of the era. Describing the fun sights, sounds, and flavors, this little-known history gives readers an enchanting vision of a glamorous and care-free time.
Roller coasters long forgotten, Shoot the Chutes, arcades, multiple fun houses -- they're all here in detailed accounts and photos starting with the 1920s. Includes images and information on Chutes at the Beach, Topsy's Roost, San Francisco's Ocean Beach Esplanade, vintage amusement rides and attractions, and much more.
Autographed by the author and includes an authentic Playland at the Beach ticket.