Riding an elephant at Coney Island’s Luna Park

If rides like Helter Skelter, Shoot the Chutes, and the Witching Waves weren’t enough excitement for you, you could always take advantage of another thrill offered at Luna Park: elephant rides.

Opened in 1903, Luna Park was the Surf Avenue pleasure pavilion that entertained millions of Coney Island fun-seekers every summer with the kinds of rides and spectacles no amusement park could get away with today.

This postcard dates to 1906—those women don’t look like they’re enjoying Brooklyn on an elephant, do they?

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3 Responses to “Riding an elephant at Coney Island’s Luna Park”

  1. Zoe Says:

    Wow… I hate to think how the elephant (plural?) was treated there. So sad. I see you have a link to another article of one that died. I’ll have to read that now Ephemeral. I wonder if they were ‘buried at sea’; given the location…

    This place looks like it was saturated in Orientalism (the English/French/German/American obsession of that time & earlier Victorian era)… the Chinese (?) influenced structures in the foreground & the Eastern Orthodox Church gold onion dome influenced structures in the background…

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    All part of Coney Island’s appeal—to experience the exotic.

  3. Zoe Says:

    I’ve just read your linked June 2010 post on Thomas Edison electrocuting Luna Park’s elephant ‘Topsy’. (I think I recall seeing something about that in a documentary). How horrible…

    Is this Topsy in the card here? 😦

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