We are in the thick of it folks...I am talking full on, one hundred degree August days.
You may have noticed Back-To-School commercials are in full effect. Groan!
|Ad found on Google Books from The Billboard, July 25th 1960.|
Rats! No riding rides, no playing Skee Ball...
|Image from the New York State Parks photo gallery.|
|View from the Bumper Boat pool.|
|Image from an article found on The Gobble: Past Glories: Part II: The Trolley, by Juan Wilson. View of a trolley car entering the park as seen from the roller rink.|
|The Roller Rink building: This building was constructed in 1916 and originally housed the kitchen, dining hall, dance hall and skating rink. It is currently home to the snack stand, gift shop and park museum.|
|Charming handmade "Idora Park" brass locket from Amber Leaf Jewelry on etsy.|
Idora Park was another trolley park, located in Youngstown, OH, that opened in 1899 but unfortunately closed in 1984.
|Beautiful photograph of The Kennywood Park Marquee, from Spackle The Gap Photography, found on etsy.|
|Window of the past - Pop Art pendant from VKno's etsy shop.|
|View of the "ticket cottage", as I would call it, at Midway. I always used to wonder if Goldie Locks would emerge from this little building with rolls of tickets.|
|This roll of ticket may not get you on a ride but it is a great accessory to add a touch of summer fun to your ensemble. This vintage inspired wood bracelet is from RUTH MIKOS on etsy.|
Unlike many large amusement parks, some of these trolley parks still charge "by the ride", instead of having an expensive admission fee at the front gate.
|Hop on the Chautauqua Choo Choo for a leisurely spin around the front of the park.|
|"Ferris Wheel Delight" is a lovely fine art photographic print from RiciS' etsy shop.|
|Thrill filled, illustrated roller coaster birthday card from rachel Ink on etsy.|
This is where the men are separated from the boys. It is roller coaster time.
|Yeah he looks thrilled, at Pee Wee Valley amusement park, near Cincinnati, OH. September 1956. Image found on a website called City Data.|
"The Little Dipper" was added to Midway in 1956.
|Are you sensing why this is called "The Little Dipper"?|
Sure you can handle the Junior Coaster but do you have the guts to go on the Dragon?
|Dragon, made it's debut at Midway in 1984.|
I remember when this was the new ride in the the park and I had to build up my courage to ride it. I won't lie, it's pretty fast.
Some amusement park fun for all ages can be found on the Midway Merry-Go-Round.
|Stop acting like you aren't impressed.|
|Where else can you have your fortune told by Princess Dorinda?|
Slightly creepy, yet captivating, this antique machine is a cost effective way to predict your future.
|If you want to bring home some great loot you will need to test your skills. |
Pictures from the inside of the arcade are courtesy of the Hubby. Please remember that the park was not open, so he went on a covert operation for me.
|Test your skills on these antique Skee Ball machines. FYI- I happen to know a little secret to getting a few bonus tickets out of one of these machines. It took years of practice to figure it out and I will never tell.|
|That's the ticket! "I Dream of SkeeBall", Great photographic print from Big Bean Photography on etsy.|
|Antique 1903, ruby flash Cedar Point mug from The Unique Bird's etsy shop. Now this was a primo prize if you ask me. I wonder how many tickets that would cost you?|
|Adorable vintage plush animals from Black Scottie Treasures on etsy. I would even be overjoyed with winning these cuties. I am sure these would have been another high ticket item.|
|Beautiful original artwork titled,"Found" by Cathy Nichols.|
I hope this weeks Unique Picks have inspired you to leave your lovely air conditioned house and head out for some "hot fun in the summertime" at the amusement park.