Wednesday, September 9, 2009

For Your Amusement

Margate, New Jersey is the home of Lucy the Margate Elephant, the “largest elephant in the world” and is also the oldest remaining example of zoomorphic architecture left in the United States. Over 124 years old, she has been painstakingly restored and is toured by thousands of fans each year. (Photo: circa 1949)

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are the names of a pair of large statues of the American folkhero Paul Bunyan and his ox, located in Bemidji, Minnesota. This roadside attraction has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. (Photo: circa 1955)

Dutch Wonderland is a 48-acre amusement park just east of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, appealing primarily to families with small children. The park's theme is a "Kingdom for Kids." The entrance to the park has a real stone castle facade, which was built by Earl Clark, a potato farmer, before he opened the park in 1963. (Photo: circa 1964)

Storyland Cinderellas Pumkin coach - Story Land is a theme park located in Glen, one of three villages of Bartlett, New Hampshire. (Photo: circa 1969)

Wooden shoe slide at Nelis' Dutch Village, Holland, Michigan. This theme park features buildings of authentic Dutch architecture, brick walkways, canals, gardens and special presentations depicting life in a typical village in the Netherlands in the late 1800's. (Photo: circa 1970)

LINK: Photos from "actionlog" on Flickr. Thanks Ryan!


Major Pepperidge said...

There are (were?) so many parks with a fairy tale theme... seems it was either that, or a Santa theme or a western theme.

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Ah... now you've got a topic really worth debating about! Great stuff!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Major: What ever the theme, it doesn't get any better than this kind of Americana.

Gunner and Sherry: I promise no more debates. This is a hell of lot more fun.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

There's no debate that these are classic Americana. I can almost smell the moat water in the Dutch Wonderland photo, those "Fish Boats" are priceless!.. Thanks for the sweet slice of Vintage America, I'm glad the Viewliner Ltd., is touring again. Tim

ryan said...

I love the information and descriptions you add with with these photos.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Thanks Ryan. I appreciate the use of your pics, Richard.

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