Luna Park: The Promenades

 

Luna Park- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1909Luna Park- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1908

 

These two photos look different ways down the main throughway of Luna.  The left photo looks towards the park’s entrance and the right photo looks into the park.  At the end of this walkway the park opened up into a large area surrounded by restaurants and in the middle stood the Electric Tower.  My favorite part of both of these photos are the fish that stand along the promenades.  The ride shown in each postcard, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, was a cyclorama that depicted a submarine trip to the North Pole.  Much like the Trip to the Moon, 20,000 leagues featured riders getting in a craft, enjoying the trip to the destination and then disembarking to see the “frigid” town.  The ride was replaced by the Dragon’s Gorge for the 1905 season.

Luna Park- Promenade, 1914

 

 

 

 

 

What a beautiful scene at Luna!  In an article entitled “The Summer Show” Thompson said, “When a stranger arrives at Coney Island, the great headquarters of summer shows, the first thing that impresses him is change- difference.  His eyes tell him that he is in a different world- a dream world, perhaps a nightmare world- where all is bizarre and fantastic- crazier than the craziest part of Paris- gayer and more different from everyday world.” [The Independent: June 20, 1907]

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