The Golden Age of Roller Coasters

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Arcadia Publishing, 2003 - History - 128 pages
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The Roller Coaster-the Cyclone at Coney Island, the Racer at Pittsburgh's Kenywood Park, the Blue Streak at Sandusky's Cedar Point-icon of the midway, capable of reducing even the strongest of grown men to screaming, white-knuckled hysterics. During the early decades of the 20th century, daring designers pushed the limits of these high-speed thrillers, reaching hundreds of feet in height and thousands of feet in length, with ever more miles of winding, twisting, lurching track dominating the landscapes of America's amusement parks. Most of the roller coasters from that golden age are gone today. Thankfully, they live on in memory, preserved in vintage postcards that provide a lasting record of the magnificent wooden structures that thrilled our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.
  

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Contents

Introduction
7
The Coasters of Coney Island
39
The Evolution of the Modern HighSpeed Roller Coaster
53
The Golden Age of the Roller Coaster
77
The Twilight of the Golden Age
109
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With over 200 historic postcards, The Golden Age of Roller Coasters offers a nostalgic view of this truly American phenomenon. Authors David W. and Diane DeMali Francis are members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts club, the National Amusement Park Historical Association, and the Organization of American Historians. They have published 6 previous titles and dozens of articles on amusement park history, and dedicate this book to the coaster lover in all of us.

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