San Francisco's Playland at the Beach : The Early Years

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2010-11-01
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
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Presenting many rare photographs of Playland at the Beach and the surrounding neighborhood--including previously unpublished photographs from the private archive of ride designer Laurence Hollings--this collection contains a comprehensive photographic record of the enthralling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.

Author Biography

James R. Smith is a sixth-generation Californian and a fourth-generation native of San Francisco. He is an experienced genealogical and historical researcher with published credit in Almost Home, Ransomís Mark, and When All Roads Led to Tombstone. He is the author of San Franciscoís Lost Landmarks.

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