Photographs of State Fairs and Amusement Parks of long ago…

Oh my, I remember these dolls…the feathers would trail around behind you as you tried to hold onto them walking down a midway on a day that was always 98 degrees in the shade. By the time you got back to the car parked way far away in the north forty parking lot her necklace of beads had broken and her little feather were sopping wet from being held in a little girls hand. She became such a sorry sight by the end of the Fair. And that Yellow/ Gold plastic molded hair…what a prize! But I always felt she was beautiful when I was little the vibrant colors the soft feathers, the glass bead necklace…oooh la la…

That first fish…

Those scary rides…

Facinated by a sideshow….

Dodgem, Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland 10, Ohio

Dodge’em at Euclid Beach Park…

Rocket Ships Euclid Beach Park Cleveland 10, Ohio

The Bug, Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland 10, Ohio

Scene of Euclid Beach Park

My all time favorite the Rotor…zzzzzzzzzzzzz I just love the feeling of weightlessness when that floor dropped away it was like flying. O.K., maybe more like a bug squashed up againt a windshield but I loved it anyway. Then as the ride slowed down you got heavier and heavier and the floor rumbled back up to your feet and once again you had to haul your body around again. I would get off and race back up the steps on the other side to go on it again and again until I was too loopy to get up the steps. Maybe that’s what happened to me, no drugs no drinking but too many whirls on the Rotor. That would explain a lot. But was it ever FUN!

  Flying Turns, Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland, Ohio

The Flying Turns…

The Thriller, Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland, Ohio

The Thriller…

American Derby, Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland 10, Ohio

The American Derby

Photographs courtesy of Google Life Archive and www.clevelandmemory.org Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library.

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2 responses to “Photographs of State Fairs and Amusement Parks of long ago…

  1. These are great, Sheila!

    • Thanks Carol,
      I just get such a kick out of searching that “Google Life Archive”. They have such an amazing collection. Thanks.

      Sheila

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