Sunday, May 29, 2016

A M U S E M E N T S . . . of the past

metal 1960s jumping cricket toy
A metal 1960s jumping cricket toy:  we press it down on a smooth surface,  and walk away.
Soon it pops free and startles passing adults notably more mature than ourselves.
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
Coney Island Steeple Chase ride 1920
The Steeple Chase ride at Coney Island in 1920    Click images twice for full size
    
A M U S E M E N T S
      
White City amusement park 1905
1905
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
squawkers or blow-outs 1903 advertisement
 1903 squawkers: phallic sadness
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
1907 blow-outs amusement from catalog
1907 'comic face'
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
barbeque cigarette ash tray 1950 advertisement
1950 elegance
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
Paris sewers tour 1800 illustration
 Paris sewers, 1800: people paid to tour the massive underground system
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
Paris sewers tour 1870 illustration
 Paris sewers tour, 1870
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
Paris sewers tour 1870 illustration 2
 Paris sewers tour, 1870
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
Paris catacombs tour 1851 illustration
Paris catacombs tour, 1851
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
1972 Unisonic tv advertisement
1972 Unisonic amusement on a tiny tv screen
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
1963 stylish television station photograph
a 1963 television station in the business of programming amusement
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
1963 broadcast television camera advertisement
A 1963 television camera captures amusement,
and feeds it to a broadcast tv tape recorder . . .
broadcast tv tape recorder advertisement 1963
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    

    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
asbestos cigar-pipe & piggy in a coffin advertisements 1890
Tobacco pipes disguised as cigars were sold to youth
who couldn't afford real cigars in 1890.
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
1947 cone dispenser for ice cream store
a 1947 cone dispenser, above a loud gas-powered generator.
Noise, heat, sunglasses, ice cream . . .
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
joke store 1950s birth control kit
 1950s: did customers in joke shops see this, and laugh out loud?
Was the air blue with the store owner's cigar smoke?
    
A M U S E M E N T S
    
party hats 1965 advertisement photograph
1965 New Year's Eve: No need to fake a smile, but wear the damn hat.


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