The Incredible Scream Machine: A History of the Roller Coaster

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Popular Press, 1987 - Architecture - 252 pages
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In 1984 America celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of the first successful roller coaster device: La Marcus A. Thompson’s switchback railway, erected at Coney Island. Robert Cartmell examines every phase of roller coaster history, from the use of the roller coaster by Albert Einstein to demonstrate his theory of physics, to John Allen’s use of psychology in designing one.
 

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as far as coaster enthusiasts are concerned this book might as well be the bible.
the photos are all in black and white, but to be fair the author focuses largely on older rides, so there wouldnt be
many color photos anyhow. full of amazing images, and the author does well to make a case roller coasters being more than just silly playthings.  

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements anr
1
Chapter I
19
Chapter II
34
Chapter V
72
Chapter VII
93
Chapter VIII
117
Chapter X
138
Chapter XI
167
Chapter XIII
188
Appendix I
202
Appendix II
217
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