San Francisco's Playland at the Beach

San Francisco's Playland at the Beach

The Early Years

Book - 2010
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This interesting volume on the history of the San Francisco Playland at the Beach amusement park showcases the sights, rides, and attractions of this ocean front recreation destination during the first half of the twentieth century. The work centers around a large collection of black and white photographs detailing the construction of the structures, citizens at play, and the behind the scenes work involved in running a major amusement center. Explanatory captions are included throughout and an introductory essay provides detailed historical context. Smith is a prominent San Francisco historian. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Presenting many rare photographs of Playland at the Beach and the surrounding neighborhood--including previously unpublished photographs from the private archive of ride designer Laurence Hollings--this collection contains a comprehensive photographic record of the enthralling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

Publisher: Fresno, CA : Craven Street Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781884995675
Characteristics: [viii], 152 p. : chiefly ill. ; 22 x 28 cm


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