San Francisco's Playland at the Beach: The Early Years

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Presenting many rare photographs of Playland at the Beach and the surrounding neighborhood—including previously unpublished photographs from the private archive of ride designer Laurence Hollings—this collection contains a comprehensive photographic record of the enthralling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 ...

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Overview

Presenting many rare photographs of Playland at the Beach and the surrounding neighborhood—including previously unpublished photographs from the private archive of ride designer Laurence Hollings—this collection contains a comprehensive photographic record of the enthralling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.

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"I opened [this book] and was instantly mesmerized . . . . The mass of photographs offers a glimpse into the amusement industry that is seldom seen. A great addition to anyone's collection." —"Merry-Go-Roundup "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884995675
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 803,439
  • Product dimensions: 11.16 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

James R. Smith is a sixth-generation Californian and a fourth-generation native of San Francisco. He is an experienced genealogical and historical researcher with published credit in "Almost Home," "Ransom's Mark," and "When All Roads Led to Tombstone." He is the author of "San Francisco's Lost Landmarks."

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

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    An Engaging Slice of Americana

    With a treasury of historical images and a scrapbook-stye presentation, Smith's book encapsulates not only a memorable California attraction, but a colorful era of American history. Even for those readers who don't remember the park itself (such as I), the wealth of knowledge Smith employs, which includes the carousel's origin at Seattle's Luna Park, make for an absorbing read. The broad display of images, as well as Smith's striking descriptions, make this book a staple for any amusement-park enthusiast.

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