Luna Park, Coney Island
The Helter Skelter was a hugely popular, adults-only giant slide. From a fifty-foot tower, people would tumble down the slide on little mats, skirts flying, to the amusement of the masses gathered on the ground. Note the base of Luna Park’s two-hundred-foot tower by the lagoon in the background. Covered in thousands of electric lights, it constantly changed colors and was a fixture of nighttime Coney Island.
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Eugene Wemlinger. Luna Park, Coney Island, 1909. Cellulose nitrate negative, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (8.9 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum/Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Collection, 1996.164.10-21 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.164.10-21_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
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