The Great American Amusement Parks: A Pictorial History
by Gary Kyriazi

Click here to pay by cheque
Send A Review

ISBN Number: 0806505257
Format: Hardback with dustjacket
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 1976 (this is 1978 second edition)
Castle Books

The amusement park had its origins in eighteenth-century France. It began as a bucolic gathering place where children might frolic, lovers discover each other, and families picnic and drink beer in a festive atmosphere. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, such gardens had proliferated all over the Continent and the British Isles. Gradually, rides and other attractions were added.

In America picnic groves and beer gardens were popular in the early nineteenth century and blossomed into true amusement parks after 1860, when Coney Island emerged as the nation’s premier park. 

This book looks at all of the most successful American amusement parks of the past and then carries up to the present - to the enormously successful "theme parks", such as Disneylands, Astroland and Great Adventure, as well as to such fiascos as Freedomland USA in the Bronx, New York, and Pacific Ocean Park in California.

Condition: Very good - slight fading to spine. Dustjacket very good and protected in loose plastic cover. Click on photo for larger image showing condition of cover.

 Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
 2000-2018 Joyland Books. All Rights Reserved.