Coney Island

Coney Island

DVD - 2006
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In scale, in variety, in sheer inventiveness, Coney Island was unlike anything anyone had ever seen, and eventually, everyone came to see it. At the turn of the century, Coney Island exploded in a forest of glittering electric towers and a riot of rides, restaurants, recreated disasters, freak shows, and historical displays when three vast amusement parks -- Steeplechase, Luna Park, and Dreamland -- were built. Indicative of its overwhelming popularity, on a single day in September 1906, 200,000 postcards were mailed from Coney Island. A showcase for the wonders of the machine age, Coney Island was an extraordinary amusement empire that astonished, delighted, and shocked the nation -- and took Americans from the Victorian age into the modern world.
Publisher: Boston : WGBH Educational Foundation ; Alexandria, VA : Distributed by PBS Home Video, [2006]
ISBN: 9781415702260
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.06 C759
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 01, 2013

Welcome to Coney Island, New York!_____ Through interviews, stills and archival footage, this absorbing, often-fascinating documentary film chronicles the greatest amusement park empire that the world had ever seen (prior to Disneyland)._____ Starting from Coney Island's emergence as a center for mass culture and entertainment back in the mid-1800s through to its demise shortly after World War ll - This informative documentary film from PBS has a running time of approx. 70 minutes. (In color and b&w)

RitaLottaBooks May 03, 2012

As a big fan of documentaries in general and the Burns brothers in particular, I think "Coney Island" is one of the best out there. Highly recommend.


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