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Palisades Amusement Park : a century of fond memories

Author: Vince Gargiulo; Edward Malillo; Richard H Haufe
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1898, a rustic picnic ground on the New Jersey Palisades overlooking the Hudson River and Manhattan began a transformation into one of the greatest amusement parks in the world. Its attractions over the course of nearly seventy-five years of operation reflected the popular culture of a changing nation: from the turn-of-the-century high-diving horses of the twenties to the rock 'n' roll shows of the fifties and
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vince Gargiulo; Edward Malillo; Richard H Haufe
ISBN: 0813522242 9780813522241
OCLC Number: 32346699
Description: xvi, 155 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Foreword / Bruce Morrow --
The Early Years: 1898-1909 --
The Hollywood Connection: 1910-1935 --
Evolution: 1935-1959 --
The Later Years: 1960-1971 --
Appendix A: Plot Plan (1953) --
Appendix B: The Rides --
Appendix C: The Attractions --
Appendix D: The Entertainment --
Appendix E: Attendance --
Appendix F: Competition.
Responsibility: Vince Gargiulo ; contributing editors, Edward Malillo and Richard H. Haufe ; original illustrations by Edward Mascala.
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In 1898, a rustic picnic ground on the New Jersey Palisades overlooking the Hudson River and Manhattan began a transformation into one of the greatest amusement parks in the world. Its attractions over the course of nearly seventy-five years of operation reflected the popular culture of a changing nation: from the turn-of-the-century high-diving horses of the twenties to the rock 'n' roll shows of the fifties and sixties, along with perennial favorites like the fun house and the Tunnel of Love, the famous Cyclone roller coaster, and the carousel. The Park was the place where many turn-of-the-century dwellers saw their first flying machines, and it was the backlot for several early motion pictures.

With the cooperation of hundreds of residents, former employees, and executives of the Park, Vince Gargiulo has provided a comprehensive history of Palisades Amusement Park. The Park's personnel included such notables as Arthur Godfrey and Buster Crabbe; W.C. Fields, Jean Harlow, Johnny Weismuller, and Jackie Coogan were among the many celebrity regulars. Top entertainers like Tony Bennett, Chubby Checker, Diana Ross & the Supremes, the Jackson Five, and Frankie Avalon performed for record crowds at its famed open-air theater. The Park inspired a hit song, Freddy Cannon's "Palisades Park," and it played host to numerous contests, such as the Diaper Derby and the Miss American Teen-Ager pageant. Every summer weekend thousands of visitors enjoyed "the world's largest salt-water pool," vinegar-soaked french fries, and the cacophony of sounds on the midways.

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