THE FRANCO-BRITISH ‘WHITE CITY’ LONDON EXHIBITION OF 1908.

FrancoBritishWhiteCityLondonExhibition1908[Book: Andrew Gill – 2015 – 15x23cm – 52 Pages – Many B&W photos]. In 1908, an international exhibition was held in London. The site was near Shepherd’s Bush and later became known as ‘White City’ because all of the Pavilions were painted white. The Exhibition was a combination of a travel and trade show and theme park, with educational displays, amusements and attractions for the general public [including the Canadian Scenic Railway, the Renard Road Train, and the Giant Flip-Flap]. Although several international exhibitions and world fairs had been held since the 1851 ‘Crystal Palace’ Great Exhibition, this was the first time that two countries had collaborated on such an event and it was hoped that it would foster closer trading and political relations between Britain and France. The Exhibition was a great success and, over a period of six months, attracted over eight million visitors. This booklet reproduces 59 magic lantern slides that take us on a guided tour around the Exhibition. The text is the lecture script (known as reading) that accompanied the slides at the time they were published. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FREEDOMLAND.

FreedomLandIoA[Book: Robert McLaughlin & Frank R. Adamo – 2010 – 17x24cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Billed as New York’s answer to Disneyland, Freedomland (Bronx) opened on 19 June 1960. Designed by Marco Engineering of Los Angeles for the International Recreation Corporation, Freedomland transformed a former landfill, lowlands, and farms into an exciting theme park in the shape of the United States. Recall boat rides on the Great Lakes, putting out a fire in Chicago, dancing under the stars at the Moon Bowl, or taking a train ride all the way to San Francisco, Freedomland was like walking into a history book. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Concept to Opening Day; From 1960 to 1964; The Entertainers; After Freedomland. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FREEDOMLAND 1960–1964.

Freedomland1960-1964[Book: Robert McLaughlin – 2015 – 17x24cm – 100 Pages – Many colour photos]. Freedomland (Bronx, New York) opened on June 19, 1960. Designed by Marco Engineering of Los Angeles for the International Recreation Corporation, it was the third and largest innovative theme park built across America to mimic Disneyland. Constructed in the shape of the United States and presenting 200 years of American history, Freedomland was intended to be both exciting and educational. Historically themed attractions and costumed cast members were located throughout the seven sections. Although it was open for just five seasons, the park’s guests and cast members were fortunate to have their very own “Disneyland of the East.” Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Disneyland to Freedomland; Theming of America; Merchandising at Freedomland; Freedomland Closes. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

FREIZEIT- UND ERLEBNISPARKS IN DEUTSCHLAND.

Freizeit-UndErlebnisparksInDeutschland[Book: 1992 – 11x18cm – 194 Pages – Many colour and B&W photos/maps]. A guide to European adventure parks. Including: Tolk-Schau; Hansa Park; Freizeitpark Verden; Heide-Park Soltau; Erse-Park Uetze; Potts Park Minden; Rasti-Land; Freizeitpark Schloß Beck; Hollywood-Park; Minidomm; Fort Fun Abenteuerland; Phantasialand; Taunus-Wunderland; Freizeit-Land Geiselwind; Erlebnispark Schloß Thurn; Holiday-Park; Erlebnispark Tripsdrill; Europa-Park Rust; Traumland auf der Bärenhöhle; Insel Mainau; Avonturenpark Hellendoorn; Flevohof; Ponypark Slagharen; Duinrell; Zeedierenpark Haderwijk; Ouwehands Madurodam; Conny-Land; Legoland; Efteling; Mini Europe; Meli-Park; Walibi; Bellewaerde-Park; Bobbejaanland, and dozens more. (German script). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FREIZEITPARKS IN EUROPA.

FreizeitparksInEuropa[Book: 2004 – 15x21cm – 208 Pages – Many colour photos] European parks guide. GERMANY: Belantis; CentrO Park; Eifelpark; Erlebnispark Schloss Thurn; Tripsdrill; Europa-Park; Fort Fun; Fränkisches Wunderland; Freizeit-Land Geiselwind; Hansa Park; Heide Park; Holiday Park; Legoland; Phantasialand; Potts Park; Skyline Park; Space Center; Tolk-Schau; Traumland; Warner Bros Movie World, etc. BELGIUM: Bellewaerde; Bobbejaanland; Plopsaland; Six Flags Belgium; Télécoo. DENMARK: Bakken; BonBon-Land; Legoland; Tivoli Gardens. FRANCE: Disney; Parc Astérix; Planète Futuroscope. UNITED KINGDOM: Alton Towers; Blackpool Pleasure Beach; Drayton Manor Park; Thorpe Park. ITALY: Gardaland; Mirabilandia. NETHERLANDS: Slagharen; Hellendoorn; Duinrell; Efteling; Six Flags Holland; Toverland. AUSTRIA: Wiener Prater. SWEDEN: Liseberg; Gröna Lund. SPAIN: Parque de Atracciones; Port Aventura; Warner Bros Movie World Madrid. (German script). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FROM A SAINT TO A KING.

FromASaintToAKing[Book: Alec Price – 2005 – 15x21cm – 74 Pages – Few B&W photos and sketches]. Lancashire writer Alec Price first became intrigued by the history of Park Hall (Chorley, England) in the 1970s when he worked there as a swimming pool manager. Through interviews and local research he pieced together the story of Park Hall since its early times as a possible resting place for the body of St. Cuthbert in the ninth century up to the present day as a thriving leisure complex and home to the famous Camelot theme park. So his book takes us on a journey through time: from a saint to a king. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

FROM DREAMER TO DREAMFINDER.

DreamerToDreamfinder[Book: Ron Schneider – 2012 – 15x23cm – 296 Pages – Few B&W photos]. A journey through 40 years [1970-2010] of personal triumph and corporate challenges. It’s an intimate look into the creative worlds of Disney, Universal and Six Flags Magic Mountain; a no-holds-barred memoir filled with wild characters and wilder concepts, complete with a step-by-step guide to how the magic is made! “Author Ron Schneider has worked and walked with theme park legends, he is themed show entertainment personified…” With a foreword written by attraction designer Larry Nikolai, “…this book demystifies the professional theme park creative process, without tarnishing the magic.” And… we’re afforded a one-to-one encounter with the Dreamfinder himself, complete with Figment, the little purple dragon that we have all come to love. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

FROM LAMP TO LASER.

FromLampToLaser[Book: Terry Regan & Andrew Hazlehurst – 2004 – 22x28cm – 134 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Journey through Blackpool’s (England) history and discover how electrical power influenced the resort’s development. It is a nostalgic look at the illuminated displays and tableaux that have turned a simple light show into a national institution. Chapter Points: Introduction; Fresh Air and Fun; The True Beginning; Piers, Deals, and Big Wheels, Long Live the King!; Prelude to War; The Roaring ’20s; Clouds on the Horizon; The Lights Go Out over Europe; Back at Last, This Time for Good; Blackpool Transformed; Meanwhile back at the Depot; Decorated Tramcars; One Vision; The Stars Came Out; Dates of the Illuminations and the Switch-On Personalities. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FRONTIER VILLAGE.

FrontierVillageIoA[Book: Bob Johnson – 2013 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. In the late 1950s, businessman Joe Zukin Jr. dreamed of building an amusement park with a Wild West theme. His dream was realized with the 1961 opening of Frontier Village (San Jose, California). Among the trees rose a fantasy frontier town complete with a Main Street, where hourly gunfights saw the bad guys carted off to Boot Hill. Visitors could relax in the town square, ride in a stagecoach, venture into a haunted mine… The park closed in 1980, but fond memories live on in those who visited or worked at Frontier Village. Chapter Points: Foreword (Allen Weitzel); Introduction; Opening the Frontier; The Heart of the Village; Rides and Attractions; Indian Island; Good Guys, Bad Guys, and Fall Guys; Costumed Characters; Village People; The Last Round-Up. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

FUN AT THE OLD CEDAR POINT.

FunAtTheOldCedarPoint[Book: Glenn D. Everett – 1989 – 15x23cm – 156 Pages – Few B&W photos]. A time machine takes us back to 1935 for a day at Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio). Chapter Points: A Voyage on the Old Paddle-Wheeler (G.A. Boeckling). Chute the Rapids, Shoot the Ducks, Leap the Dips. French Waffles, Frozen Custard, Salt Water Taffy. The Little Boy Rings the Bell and Wins a Big Cigar. Bluebeard’s Palace and the Chamber of Horrors. Round and Round We Go – Seaplanes, Joy Planes, The Bug and Caterpillar. A Trip Through the Black Forest and a Voyage on Noah’s Ark. The Pretty Girl Catches the Brass Ring. Tumbling Through the Fun House and Surviving the Cyclone. The Boardwalk, Bathhouse, Bathing Beach and Breakers. The Little Railroad That Could – and Did. The Peep Show, Freak Show, and Flea Circus. Straight from the Midway at the Chicago World’s Fair. The Sweet Sounds of the Big Bands. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FUN IS OUR BUSINESS: THE STORY OF BARRY’S AMUSEMENTS.

FunIsOurBusiness[Book: James Fairley – 2006 – 21x30cm – 272 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “Barry’s” (Port Rush, County Antrim) will signify little to most people in the British Isles. To nearly everyone living in Northern Ireland, however, it is synonymous with all-consuming fun by the seaside. For after some eighty years, Barry’s Amusements in Co. Antrim, the biggest and brightest amusement park in Ireland, has acquired the status of an institution. Selected Chapter Points: Barry’s Predecessors at Portrush; Early Years (to 1923); The Business Prospers (1924-28); Belfast (1929-55); Bangor (1940-87); Portrush (1940-2005). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FUN LAND U.S.A.

FunlandUSA[Book: Tim Onosko – 1978 – 13x21cm – 296 Pages – Many B&W photos and maps]. The complete guidebook to 100 major amusement and theme parks all across the USA. Rides, shows, games, history – a treasure trove of valuable information on America’s greatest holiday attractions. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Phenomenon of the Parks; A History of Amusement Parks (The Traditional Park and Theme Park Era); The Life and Death of an Amusement Park (Riverview Park, Chicago, Illinois); How to Build a Theme Park; Behind the Scenes (Intamin, Arrow Development, Interview with John Allen, Interview with Randall Duell, WED Enterprises, Future General Corporation); Amusement Park Anthology (“Round and Round” by Tom Prideaux. “The Ultimate Roller Coaster” by Robert Cartmell. “My Amusement Park of the Future” by Isaac Asimov); Getting Your Money’s Worth. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

FUN PIER: 1957 TO ADVENTURE PIER.

FunPierToAdventurePierIoA[Book: Scott Hand & Diane Pooler – 2012 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. With a two-mile-long boardwalk and thrilling amusement piers, Wildwood (New Jersey) has been a popular seashore resort for nearly a century. Fun Pier was created in 1957 by Joe Barnes on the former site of Wildwood’s original Convention Hall. Barnes transformed the pier, once dominated by kiddie rides, by building custom rides what were unique to the Wildwood boardwalk, such as the Sky Tower, the Monorail, and the Ski Ride. After two fires sealed the pier’s fate, it was acquired by the Morey organisation, which transformed it into Wild Wheels and ultimately Adventure Pier. Chapter Points: Foreword; Introduction; Where the Fun Began; The 1970s and the Bill Howard Era; Into Oblivion; Wheeling in the Future. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GEAUGA LAKE: SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

GeaugaLakeSunriseToSunset[Book: Tom Smolko with Joe Taylor – 2014 – 22x28cm – 116 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. The story of Geauga Lake Park – Northeast Ohio’s most famous amusement park – from its beginnings as a picnic grounds in 1872 to its gradual evolution into a nationally recognised megapark. The story continues with Geauga Lake Park’s almost inexplicable and rapid decline, leading to its 2007 demise. Chapter Points: Foreword (Tom Smolko); Acknowledgments (Joe Taylor); Introduction; The Early Years; A Legacy Is Born; Fun Times Begin; Water Wars!; The Park in Color; Killer Ambitions; A Giant Merger; Saved By The Enemy?; The End of the Line; Geauga Lake Today; Epilogue (+Auctioned Rides Report and Table of Rides). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

GEAUGA LAKE: THE FUNTIME YEARS 1969­–1995.

GeaugaLakeFuntimeYears[Book: Jim Futrell and Dave Hahner – 2015 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. In 1968, three businessmen left their jobs at Cedar Point in Sandusky (Ohio) to purchase Geauga Lake Amusement Park (Aurora, Ohio). Geauga Lake had been a summertime escape since the 1870s, but by the 1960s it had fallen on hard times. The businessmen’s company, Funtime, Inc., transformed the ageing facility into a modern amusement park and established a reputation as an innovative operator in one of the nation’s most competitive amusement park markets. Geauga Lake became the first park with two looping roller coasters and the first to integrate a full-scale water park, Boardwalk Shores. The company broke even more new ground in 1988 when it resurrected a classic roller coaster design to construct Raging Wolf Bobs. This book captures the park’s transformation and some of the countless memories that resulted from Funtime’s 26-year ownership. Chapter Points: Foreword (Jeff Lococo). Acknowledgments. Introduction. Prologue: 1870s–1968. A New Era Dawns: 1969–1976. Getting Loopy: 1977–1982. Making a Splash: 1983–1987. Raging into Its Second Century: 1988–1995. A Whale of a Neighbor: SeaWorld Ohio 1970–2000. Epilogue 1996–2007. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

GEORGE FERRIS: WHAT A WHEEL.

GeorgeFerrisWhatAWheel[Book: Barbara Lowell, illustrated by Jerry Hoare – 2014 – 20x20cm – 36 Pages – Many colour illustrations and photos]. Have you ever ridden a Ferris wheel? You can see for miles! But when the inventor of the Ferris wheel, George Ferris, first pitched his idea, everyone thought he was crazy. A 250-foot bicycle wheel that goes around and around and carries people in train cars? Can’t be done, they said. But George proved them wrong. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent for children.

THE GIANT DIPPER: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA.

TheGiantDipper[Book: Eric Young – 1991 – 21x28cm – 58 Pages – Many colour photos]. This book pictures the turbulent history of The Giant Dipper at San Diego, California. “The Giant Dipper was originally conceived by John D. Spreckels, the sugar czar, as part of a plan he announced in 1922 to build what was then called The Mission Beach Amusement Center… Construction of the roller coaster began in May 1925, just before the park opened, and was finished in time for the 4 July. Designed by the famous team of Prior and Church, it took just 45 days to complete.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GLEN ECHO PARK: A STORY OF SURVIVAL.

GlenEchoParkSurvival[Book: Richard Cook & Deborah Lange – 2000 – 15x23cm – 116 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Glen Echo and its amusement park, (Montgomery County, Maryland) has risen from the ashes so many times during its turbulent career that one loses count. The story of its survival is the story of community Davids negotiating with government and business Goliaths, the story of what can be done when a group of people believe in an idea so strongly that they put their lives on hold and pour their energies into the pursuit of their dream. Selected Chapter Points: Glen Echo Park is Named; Glen Echo Thrives; The Dentzel Carousel and Coaster Dips Arrive; Disneyland Threatens the Park’s Future; The Amusement Park Closes; Local Residents Save the Carousel; Glen Echo Today. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE GLOBAL THEME PARK INDUSTRY.

TheGlobalThemeParkIndustry[Book: Salvador Anton Clavé – 2007 – 17x24cm – 460 Pages]. Since the 1980s, the theme park industry has developed into a global phenomenon, with everything from large, worldwide theme parks to countless smaller ventures. From the first pleasure gardens to the global theme park companies, this book provides an understanding of the nature and function of theme parks as spaces of entertainment, with comprehensive analyses of their operation, strategies, finance and marketing. This publication portrays the impacts of theme parks as global competitive actors, agents of global development and cultural symbols, particularly in the context of their role in the developing experience economy. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

GOING OUT.

GoingOut[Book: David Nasaw – 1993 – 16x23cm – 314 Pages – Very few B&W images]. Chronicling the rise of public amusements at the turn of the twentieth century and the new American public that assembled in the city’s pleasure palaces, (amusement) parks, theatres, nickelodeons, world’s fair midways, and dance halls. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction. Dollar Theatres, Concert Saloons and Dime Museums. The Vaudeville Theatre. The ‘Indecent’ Others. The World’s Fair Midways. “The Summer Show” (Amusement Parks). Early Twentieth Century Dance Halls, Ballrooms and Cabarets. “The Pernicious ‘Moving Picture’ Abomination.” Palaces for the People. Decline and Fall. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROLLER COASTERS.

TheGoldenAgeOfCoastersIoA[Book: David W. & Diane Demali Francis – 2003 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W postcards]. “The Golden Age of Roller Coasters In Vintage Postcards.” The roller coaster is the icon of the midway, capable of reducing even the strongest of grown men to screaming, white-knuckled hysterics. During the early decades of the twentieth century, daring designers pushed the limits of these high-speed thrillers, reaching hundreds of feet in height and thousands of feet in length. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Roller Coaster’s Early Years 1884-1909; The Coasters of Coney Island; The Evolution of the Modern High-Speed Roller Coaster; The Golden Age of the Roller Coaster; The Twilight of the Golden Age. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

GOOD OLD CONEY ISLAND.

GoodOldConeyIsland[Book: Edo McCullough – 1957 – 16x24cm – 346 Pages – A few B&W photos and images]. “A Sentimental Journey Into The Past.” Coney Island (New York) is more than a national institution, it was probably the most celebrated amusement resort in the world. This book by a man whose family have helped to build the Island’s fantastic reputation presents its lively and nostalgic history. Touched with sentiment, occasionally with acid, it is frank, outspoken, sometimes biting, but always imbued with humour. Chapter Points: A Prefatory Note; The Most; Rambunctious; Scandalous; Rapscallion; Splendiferous; Pugnacious; Spectacular; Illustrious; Prodigious; Frolicsome; –Island on Earth; Glossary; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GOOD OLD CONEY ISLAND.

GoodOldConeyIsland2000[Book: Edo McCullough – 2000 – 16x24cm – 360 Pages – A few B&W photos and images]. “A Sentimental Journey Into The Past.” Coney Island (New York) is more than a national institution, it was probably the most celebrated amusement resort in the world. This book by a man whose family have helped to build the Island’s fantastic reputation presents its lively and nostalgic history. Touched with sentiment, occasionally with acid, it is frank, outspoken, sometimes biting, but always imbued with humour. Chapter Points: A Prefatory Note; Introduction to the 2000 Edition (Brian J. Cudahy); The Most; Rambunctious; Scandalous; Rapscallion; Splendiferous; Pugnacious; Spectacular; Illustrious; Prodigious; Frolicsome; –Island on Earth; Epilogue (Michael Paul Onorato); Glossary; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GOODBYE, CONEY ISLAND, GOODBYE…

GoodbyeConeyIslandGoodbye[Book: Paul Ilyinsky & Dick Perry –­ 1972 – 22x28cm – 120 Pages – Many B&W prints, few colour]. A photographic farewell to an old amusement park. Few institutions could claim a spot so warm in the hearts of so many as Cincinnati’s Coney Island. Established on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River in a forested glade with the unlikely name of California, Ohio, Coney Island provided for Cincinnatians and their neighbours a haven of escape, relaxation, romance, and just plain fun for nearly a century. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GOODBYE, WEST VIEW PARK, GOODBYE.

GoodbyeWestViewPark[Book: Charles Jacques Jr. – 1985 – 21x28cm – 126 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A historical work about one of Pittsburgh’s (Pennsylvania) defunct amusement parks that traces its founding in 1906 to the 1977 season. Chapter Points: The Harton Family Begins West View; Decade of the Dips; The 1920s Start Slowly, and Then Boom; West View Survives The Depression; The War Years; The Golden Age Begins; A Tour of the Midway; Dark Clouds Begin to Appear; West View Stands Still; Goodbye, West View. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE GRANDEST DAY: OPRYLAND USA.

TheGrandestDayOpryland[Book: Opryland USA – 1979 – 22x29cm – 122 Pages – Full colour]. “A Journey through Opryland USA, the Home of American Music.” Opryland (Nashville, Tennessee) is a celebration of the senses. It’s that sentimental slice of yesterday that hangs on like an old song, a melody that never ends even after the words are misplaced and forgotten. At Opryland we choose not to rely on animatronics figures to entertain; we offer genuine talent – real people – to provide live music and entertainment in a picturesque setting enhanced with exciting rides and attractions for all to enjoy. This title focuses mainly on the live shows, and many of the rides and coasters are featured. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GRAVESEND BROOKLYN: CONEY ISLAND AND SHEEPSHEAD BAY.

GravesendBrooklynIoA[Book: Eric J. Ierardi – 1996 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Be transported back to an exciting time, when the town of Gravesend, Brooklyn (New York) was one of the six original towns later to become part of the great City of Brooklyn. Originally an isolated English-speaking community amidst many other Dutch areas in the region, Gravesend developed into a thriving seaside resort, with Coney Island becoming the “Playground of the World.” Chapter Points: The Village Area – People, Homes, and Streets; The Town Hall and Its “Boss” John Y. McKane; The Schools and Their Students; The Town’s Racetracks and Hotels; The Streets of Sheepshead Bay; Coney Island – Amusements, Beach and Boardwalk (includes Luna Park, Dreamland, and Steeplechase Park). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GRAVESEND: THE HOME OF CONEY ISLAND.

GravesendConeyIsland[Book: Eric J. Ierardi – 2001 – 17x25cm – Originally published in 1975 – 160 Pages – Few B&W photos]. This revised edition takes readers on a fascinating journey from the town’s first settlement in the 1640s across four centuries of progress, conflict and change. Explore the renowned dance halls, race tracks, and casinos, and thrill at the kaleidoscopic assortment of roller coasters and other breathtaking rides, such as the Parachute Jump at the celebrated New York: Dreamland, Luna, and Steeplechase Parks. Chapter Points: Introduction; Founding and Settlement; Evolution through Revolution; Gravesend Develops into a Resort Area; The Age of Progress; The Greening of Gravesend; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GRAVITY IN ACTION: ROLLER COASTERS!

GravityInActionRollerCoasters[Book: Joan Newton – 2009 – 19x22cm – 26 Pages – Full colour]. Amazing science for juvenile readership. Chapter Points: Gravity In Action; Roller Coasters; The First Roller Coasters (Russian Ice Slides and the Mauch Chunk Railroad); Getting To The Top; Launching Coasters; Record-Breaking Coasters (Kingda Ka and Steel Dragon 2000); A Big Thrill (X2); Glossary; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair for children.

THE GREAT AMERICAN AMUSEMENT PARKS.

TheGreatAmericanAmusementParksRed[Book: Gary Kyriazi – 1976 First edition – 22x25cm – 256 Pages – Many B&W photos]. 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. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Evolution of the Amusement Park; Coney Island; Steeplechase Park, Luna Park and Dreamland; The American Amusement Parks-East to West; Disneyland and the Theme Parks; America’s Top 100 Parks; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

THE GREAT AMERICAN AMUSEMENT PARKS.

TheGreatAmericanAmusementParksBlack[Book: Gary Kyriazi – 1978 Second printing – 22x25cm – 256 Pages – Many B&W photos]. 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. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Evolution of the Amusement Park; Coney Island; Steeplechase Park, Luna Park and Dreamland; The American Amusement Parks-East to West; Disneyland and the Theme Parks; America’s Top 100 Parks; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

GREAT PENNSYLVANIA AMUSEMENT PARKS ROAD TRIP.

GreatPennsylvaniaRoadTrip[Book: David Witoslawski & Brittany Howe – 2013 – 19x26cm – 156 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “A Photographic Road Trip Highlighting Pennsylvania’s Historic Amusement Parks and Some Interesting Places.” This book focuses on those great memories and experiences you can only get in an amusement park. Our attention will be on Pennsylvania parks and rides that have pleased riders for generations, including some never rides in those parks. This book also features interviews with important people in the amusement park industry, together with interesting tidbits. Chapter Points: About the Authors; Thanks and Acknowledgements; Introduction; Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom; Dutch Wonderland; Hersheypark; Knoebel’s Grove Amusement Park; Delgrosso’s Amusement Park; Lakemont Park; Idlewild and Soak Zone; Kennywood Park; Conneaut Lake Park; Waldameer and Water World; Where to go from here… ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GREETINGS FROM BERTRAND ISLAND AMUSEMENT PARK.

GreetingsFromBertrandIslandIoA[Book: Martin & Laura Kane – 2000 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos, some colour]. Although Bertrand Island Park (Mount Arlington, New Jersey) closed in 1983, there is no place in northwestern New Jersey that is more fondly remembered. For some seventy years, the park thrilled youngsters and adults alike. Generations of school groups, church outings, company picnics, and residents throughout the region delighted in the wooden roller coaster, the magical carousel, and the scores of other rides and games. Chapter Points: The Mountain Lake Paradise; “Clang Clang Clang” Went the Trolley; A Dream Becomes Reality; A Bona Fide Amusement Park; Go Where the Crowd Goes; Never a Dull Moment; There She Is; Change Is in the Air. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GREETINGS FROM ROSELAND PARK.

GreetingsFromRoselandPark[Book: Lynda Hotra & Sherman Farnham – 2007 – 29x36cm – 158 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Roseland Amusement Park (Canandaigua, New York) was a cheery place where children tried all the rides, where teenagers dated and roamed with friends, and where grandparents remembered swinging to the dance-hall bands and reaching for the carousel’s brass ring. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; From Farmland to Funland; Roseland Park Dodges the Depression; Weathering the War Years; Roseland’s Carousel; Thrilling Delights – The Skyliner; New Management and Old Values; Adaptation and Innovation; Going, Going, Gone; New Lives for Old Rides; Recalling the Fun. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

GRUß AUS DEM LUNA PARK: EINE ARCHÄOLOGIE DES VERGNÜGENS.

LunaParkPuttkammer[Book: Claudia Puttkammer & Sacha Szabo – 2007 – 15x21cm – 96 Pages – Many B&W postcards]. Greetings from Luna Park – An Archaeology of Fun. You’re invited on an entertaining visit to historic amusement parks. Selected Chapter Points: “Bakken” (Klampenborg, Denmark); “Prater” (Vienna, Austria); “Tivoli” (Copenhagen, Denmark); “Coney Island” (Brooklyn, New York); The “New World” (Berlin, Germany); “Luna Park” (Berlin, Germany); “Luna Park” (Leipzig, Germany); “Luna Park” (Altona, Germany); “Hugo Haase Park” (Hamburg, Germany); The Smaller Destinations and Exhibition Parks; “Luna Park Fredenbaum” (Dortmund, Germany); “Join the Joyrider” by Dr. Gereon Uerz. (German script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GUIDE TO RIDE.

GuideToRide[Book: American Coaster Enthusiasts – 1991 – 21x28cm – 66 Pages – Many colour photos]. Want to plunge a suicidal twenty storeys and live to laugh about it? Race at 80mph and not risk arrest? Swoop above the treetops, rocket skyward at more than 6 Gs, barnstorm through loop -the- loops or plunge insanely through a storm’s vortex? On a coaster, you can do it all. Roller coasters are the single most popular ride ever. They’re taller, faster, meaner and wilder than any other. They’re the ultimate amusement attraction. This is your guide to the roller coasters of North America, Canada and Mexico. Features: Historical Tidbits; Fun Trivia; Ride Descriptions; Complete Statistics; Fan Favourites and Coaster Classics. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GUIDE TO RIDE 1992–1995.

GuideToRide1992-1995[Book: American Coaster Enthusiasts – 1995 – 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Descriptions/statistics of North America’s roller coasters: Cannonball; Arkansas Twister; Gadget’s Go Coaster; Jaguar!; Top Gun; Hurricane; Scandia Screamer; Flashback; Twister II; Kumba; Ninja; Viper; Hoosier Hurricane; The Raven; Outlaw; T2; Python; Mind Eraser; Wild One; Zach’s Zoomer; Ripsaw; Thunderation; Desperado; Canyon Blaster; Lightning Bolt; The Great Nor’easter; Comet; Quantum Loop; Hurler; Vortex; Raptor; Tornado; Diamond Back; Ripper; Sky Princess; Whirlwind; Swamp Fox; Hangman; Rattler; Pied Piper; Batman (various); Mayan Mindbender; Drachen Fire; Windstorm; Cyclops; Le Cobra; Cascabel; Tornado; Serpiente de Fuego. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

GUIDE TO RIDE 2000.

GuideToRide2000[Book: American Coaster Enthusiasts – 2000 – 21x27cm – 112 Pages – Many colour photos] A Guidebook to the Roller Coasters of North America. Including the most comprehensive roller coaster directory ever assembled featuring statistics on heights, track lengths, builders, designers and ride descriptions. Full colour with over 500 photographs and listings for over 500 coasters. Chapter Points: Introduction; Potential Energy; Types of Coasters; A Century of Wooden Coaster Designers; Coasting Through History; Where Do They All Come From?; Is It a Coaster or Isn’t It?; Preservation; The National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives; ACE Coaster Classics. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE HALIFAX ZOO AND AMUSEMENT PARK.

TheHalifaxZooAndAmusementPark[Book: Harry Armitage – 1978 – 15x21cm – 28 Pages – Few B&W photos and a map]. The story of Halifax Zoo (1909-1916). The zoo’s site is on a headland overlooking the junction of Calder and Hebble streams, the escarpment (chevin) providing the place with its title of Chevin Edge. Where once were the zoo buildings are now the semi-detached homes of Chevin Edge Crescent. Popular attractions: Zoological Gardens, Travelling Platform, Figure of Eight Toboggan Slide, Zig-Zag (Tickler), Human Laundry, Haunted Castle, Camera Obscura, The Electric Theatre (Picture Palace, Fun Factory and Hall of Mirrors), Hall of Laughter, Miniature Railway (the “Little Giant”), Roller Skating Rink, Stage Shows, etc. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

HANG ON TIGHT!

HangOnTight![Book: Jeremy Kennedy – 2016 – 20x26cm – 282 Pages – Many B&W photos and images]. “Like every automobile, appliance, or any other shelf-ready product, eventually technology will pull the coroner’s sheet over their existence in lieu of something touted as ‘better’. This same manifest has kept the amusement ride industry competitive and exciting since amusement rides became popular nearly a century ago. However, never have we seen a sweep in variety on the midway of both travelling carnivals and amusement parks as we witnessed from the 1950s through the 1980s as the second generation of amusement rides was defined by space travel, European interpretation, and empirical design. While sky-high parachute drops may be a gasp of the past, flat rides like Wave Swingers and Scramblers are still spinning strong day after day. ‘Hang on Tight! – A Retrospective Look at the 2nd Generation of Amusement Rides (1950s–1980s)’ takes a closer look at the popular, the mysterious, the forgotten, and even the prototypes of many of the generation’s most intriguing leisure and thrilling amusement installations. Coasters, kiddies, verticals, wheels, transports, splashers, flats, virtual rides, and even skyscrapers are all celebrated in this magnificent retrospective of press releases, theme park public relations materials, travel brochures, and ride manufacturer promotional profiles.” Chapter Points: Introduction – Making Tracks; Transports (monorails, cable cars, etc.); Splashers (water rides); Kiddies (junior rides); Skyscrapers (tower rides); Flats (spinning, swinging rides, etc.); Virtuality (dark rides, simulated rides, etc.); Roller Coasters; Verticals and Wheels; Appendix; Acknowledgements; Photo Credits; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE HAPPINESS MACHINE.

TheHappinessMachine[Book: Jay Ducharme – 2013 – 22x28cm – 64 Pages – Many colour photos]. In 1988, Holyoke (Massachusetts) was a once thriving city coping with recession. Making it worse was the loss of Mountain Park, the city’s beloved amusement park. From these seemingly grim circumstances, a resident named John Hickey decided it was time to turn those circumstances around by saving the park’s vintage merry-go-round. This is the inspiring true story of a community’s unprecedented effort to rescue the carousel and move it into the city’s downtown – thus saving a part of their history. Chapter Points: Prelude; The Stranger on the Midway; The Brass Ring; Gearing Up; Out of the Gate; Rounding the Turn; The Home Stretch; The Rose Garland; Postlude. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

HARD ROCK PARK: THE PARK THAT ROCK BUILT.

HardRockPark[Book: Hard Rock Park – 2008 – 22x28cm – 68 Pages – Full colour]. Many professionals worked together to make Hard Rock Park (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) happen, and they’re all to be congratulated on the creation of the first major destination theme park to be built in a decade, and the largest tourism investment in South Carolina’s history. Chapter Points: Welcome; Master Plan Evolution; The Birth of Hard Rock Park; Early Visualizations; Finding Its Form; The Creative Process; Who’s Who; Groundbreaking; Park Construction; Obstructions and Reproductions; Building The Buzz; All Access Entry Plaza; Rock & Roll Heaven; British Invasion; Born In The USA; Cool Country; Bohemian Rhapsody; It’s All About The People. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

HARRY C. BAKER, INC.

HarryCBaker[Book: 1931 Reprint – 14x22cm – 36 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Picturing and reporting on the many roller coasters and amusement devices manufactured by Harry C. Baker, Inc. Chapter Points: Foreword; Coasters; The Whippet Coaster; Complete Park Lay-Outs; Ball Rooms, Convention Halls, Amphitheatres, Arena Buildings; Carrousel Buildings; Old Mills; Mill Chutes; Equipment; Miniature Railways. (Includes rare photos of long-gone Harry C. Baker wooden coasters). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

HARRY G. TRAVER: LEGENDS OF TERROR.

HarryTraverLegendsOfTerror[Book: Richard Munch – 1982 – 20x26cm – 176 Pages – Many B&W photos] Chapter Points: Foreword (by June Traver Schetterer); Introduction (by Robert Cartmell); Traver – The Man; Traver – The Company; Traver – The Machines; Bobs at Riverview Park; Cyclone at Revere Beach; Thunderbolt at Savin Rock; Jazz Railway at Rocky Glen Park; Sesquicentennial Cyclone in Philadelphia; Cyclone at Crystal Beach; Lightning at Revere Beach; Cyclone at Palisades Park; Airplane at Playland; Cyclone Racer at Long Beach; Cyclone at the Century of Progress; Zip at Oaks Park; Traver – Potpourri; A Look at the Past; American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

HARVEY’S LAKE.

HarveysLake[Book: Charles Petrillo – 2007 – 21x28cm – 202 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Documenting the rich history of Harvey’s Lake (Harvey’s Lake, Pennsylvania). Chapter Points: Benjamin Harvey, Frontier Years and Discovery; The Early Years 1792-1886; Early Hotels; The Golden Years 1887-1919; Hotel Oneonta; Alderson; Sunset; The Picnic Grounds, including the Speed Hound Roller Coaster; West Corner; The Harvey’s Steamboat Era; Between the Wars 1920-1940, and Hanson’s Amusement Park; The Modern Era 1941-1981; Afterword; Index; About the Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE HAUNTED MANSION: FROM THE MAGIC KINGDOM TO THE MOVIES.

TheHauntedMansion[Book: Jason Surrell – 2003 – 22x28cm – 134 Pages – Many conceptual drawings and colour photos]. Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion, one of the most popular attractions in the history of Disney theme parks. This publication fleshes out how the Mansion’s 999 grim grinning ghosts were brought to life. Rare early concept sketches, never-before-published original story synopses, and stunning architectural drawings illustrate the Mansion’s evolution as it was constructed at each Magic Kingdom Park around the globe. Chapter Points: Forewords (Martin A. Sklar and Tom Fitzgerald); Introduction. IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM: Our Tour Begins Here; All’s “Fair” in Imagineering; 999 Happy Haunts; Two of a Kind – Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland; Grim Grinning Ghosts Go West. A TOUR OF WALL-TO-WALL CREEPS: The Grounds; The Foyer; The Portrait Chamber (The Stretching Room); The Portrait Corridor; The Load Area; The Library and Music Room; The Endless Hallway; The Conservatory; The Corridor of Doors; Séance Circle; The Grand Hall; The Attic; The Graveyard; The Crypt; Little Leota. AT THE MOVIES: Introduction by Don Hahn; The Haunted Mansion Goes Home; This New Old House; Clothes Make the Corpse; The New Man of a Thousand Faces; Ghost Logic; The Role of an After-Lifetime; The Transformation is Complete. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE HAUNTED MANSION: IMAGINEERING A DISNEY CLASSIC.

TheHauntedMansion[Book: Jason Surrell – 2015 – 22x28cm – 134 Pages – Many conceptual drawings and colour photos]. Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion, one of the most popular attractions in the history of Disney theme parks. This publication explores how the attraction’s “999 happy haunts” were brought to life. Rare early concept sketches, detailed architectural drawings, and stunning still photography illustrate the Mansion’s evolution as it was designed and built at each Magic Kingdom Park around the world – including Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland. This newly updated volume confirms or debunks longstanding urban legends, shares fascinating behind-the-screams stories, and reveals how concepts move from inspiration to reality. Chapter Points: Forewords (Martin A. Sklar and Tom Fitzgerald); Introduction. FROM A DISNEYLAND ORIGINAL TO THE MAGIC KINGDOMS: The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland; All’s “Fair” in Imagineering; 999 Happy Haunts; Two of a Kind – Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland; Grim Grinning Ghosts Go West – Phantom Manor; Grim Grinning Ghosts Go East – Mystic Manor. A TOUR OF THIS GHOSTLY RETREAT: The Grounds; The Foyer; Portrait Chamber (The Stretching Room); The Portrait Corridor; The Load Area; The Library and the Music Room; The Endless Staircase; The Endless Hallway; The Conservatory; The Corridor of Doors; Séance Circle; The Grand Hall; The Attic; The Graveyard; The Crypt; The Exit; Hurry Ba-ack… Hurry Ba-ack. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

HEART & SOUL: SILVER DOLLAR CITY.

Heart&Soul[Book: Danita Allen Wood, Sarah Herrera, Lisa Rau, Martha Hoy Bohner, and others – 2016 – 14x14cm – 56 Pages – Full colour]. “We invite you to begin your journey through these pages by first thinking of mid-20th century America, before there even was a Silver Dollar City. All around the country, there was so much change: inventions that would replace the old ways, new contraptions, loud music and fast cars – so much hustle and bustle. There was one family, who lived in Chicago, yearning for the quiet and colorful call of the Ozark Mountains. With their teenage boys in tow, they came to the Ozarks and traveled the dusty mountain roads, exploring the hills and valleys. They found wildflowers, a massive cave, and colorful mountain folk, genuine settlers who were self-sufficient and eking out life in the Ozarks… The family shared a dream, a dream that part of America’s colorful past could be preserved, that the men and women of an earlier America could show us our heritage. Wouldn’t it be something to share the skills of our forefathers, tell the tales of the past, and entertain with the music and lore of yesteryear? Leave your cars and computers, cell phones and jet planes, television sets and hectic schedules behind. Become immersed in the sounds, the smells, and the tastes of a simpler time. Welcome to Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri.” (This book was created in tribute to the Herschend Family as part of the First Annual Founders’ Weekend at Silver Dollar City, May 6-8, 2016). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

HEART-STOPPING ROLLER COASTERS.

HeartStoppingRollerCoasters[Book: Meish Goldish – 2010 – 21x26cm – 26 Pages – Full colour]. Want to take a ride you’ll never forget? Then hop aboard the biggest, fastest -and scariest- roller coasters in the world. From the towering Kingda Ka, to the giant Steel Dragon 2000, you’ll soon discover why they’re called “scream machines”! Chapter Points: The First Coasters in America; Kingda Ka; Steel Dragon 2000; The Beast; Millennium Force; Superman-The Escape; American Eagle; The Riddler’s Revenge; Tatsu; More Big Rides: (Beijing’s 682ft/208m Great Wheel – Australia’s 390ft/119m Giant Drop – The 135ft/41m Brazilian waterslide, Insano – China’s 650ft/198m Macau Tower Bungee jump); Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended for children.

HERBERT P. SCHMECK: THE FORGOTTEN LEGACY.

HerbertSchmeckForgottenLegacy[Book: Torrence Jenkins Jr. – 2006 – 20x26cm – 162 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Herbert Paul Schmeck (1890-1956) fundamentally represented Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC) from the year 1922 to 1954. The talent and diversity this man possessed was evident in the designs that came off his drafting table, his flawless roller coaster designs made amusement park patrons laugh and scream themselves silly throughout sixty seconds of controlled fear. Chapter Points: Foreword (By Thomas D. Rebbie); The Apprentice Who Catapulted PTC’s Business; Growth and Record Profits at PTC; Innovation During the Depression; World War II and Post War Coasters. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

HERSHEY.

Hershey[Book: Hershey Foods – 1974 – 23x28cm – 98 Pages – Full colour]. A history of Milton Hershey and the Hershey Corporation. Chapter Points: A Man, an Industry, a Community; The Beginnings; Map of Hershey and Environs; Chocolate; Highlights of Chocolate World Tour; The Story of Chocolate; A Brief History of Hershey Foods Corporation; Milton Hershey School; Founders Hall; The Community; Rose Gardens and Arboretum; Medical Center; Hersheypark; Hershey Hospitality; Pennsylvania Dutch Country; Chronology of Hershey, Pennsylvania from 1700 to the 1970s. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

HERSHEYPARK.

HersheyParkIoA[Book: Pamela Cassidy Whitenack – 2006 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A well-known destination for family fun and amusement, Hersheypark (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has entertained and engaged visitors for more than 100 years. The park was an important part of Milton S. Hershey’s plans for his new model industrial town, built for the workers of the Hershey Chocolate factory. In 1903, even before the factory was completed, he set aside land to be used as a park for picnics and family outings. While originally established as a community park, it soon developed into an amusement park as thousands of people flocked to Hershey each year to visit the chocolate factory and model town. This book portrays the origin of Hershey Park, and its successful transition into a themed amusement destination, at a time when many traditional parks faltered and failed. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

HERSHEYPARK: CHOCOLATE TOWN U.S.A.

HersheyChocolateTown[Book: Charles Jacques Jr. – 1985 – 21x26cm – 36 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A pictorial history featuring many photographs and interesting snippets about Hershey Park (Hershey, Pennsylvania); from its founding in 1907 to today. (The park was renamed Hersheypark in 1972). See and read about the Dentzel Carousel; The Miniature Railroad; The Starlight Ballroom; The Joy Ride; Custer Cars; Wildcat Roller Coaster; The Whoops Funhouse; Mill Chute; The Comet Roller Coaster; Aerial Joy Ride; Double Ferris Wheels; The Gardens; Aero-Dip; Auto Skooter; SooperdooperLooper; The Coal Cracker Hydroflume; The Trail Blazer Steel Coaster, and more. Features a chronological directory listing Hersheypark’s many developments from 1907 on. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

HERSHEYPARK: THE SWEETNESS OF SUCCESS.

HersheyParkSweetnessOfSuccess[Book: Charles J. Jacques Jr. – 1997 – 21x28cm – 224 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Hersheypark (Hershey, Pennsylvania). Chapter Points: 1857-1907 Managing the Ice Cream; 1908 Bill Murrie and the Lancaster Gang; 1909-1912 Lions and Tigers and Mares, Oh My; 1913-1915 A Time to Celebrate; 1916-1922 Tomorrow We Get Our Town Back; 1923-1929 The Philadelphia Connection; 1930-1939 Building Prosperity; 1940-1945 Rationing Fun; 1946-1954 Hershey’s Comet; 1955-1964 A New Standard; 1964-1970 Troubled Times; 1971-1974 Hersheypark; 1975-1979 Getting Looped – The Superdooperlooper; 1980-1985 A Shortage of Capital; 1986-1989 Turning Things Around; 1990-1995 Accelerated Growth; 1996 The Cat is Back! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

HIGH BRIDGE GLENS OF CUYAHOGA FALLS.

HighBridgeGlensIoA[Book: Mary L. McClure – 2012 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Learn about the rollicking history of High Bridge Glens & Caves park of Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) – Summit County’s forgotten amusement park, which operated along the banks of the Cuyahoga River in the late 1800s. The park was largely known for its stunning natural features and its few mechanical attractions, including a circular gravity roller coaster that was rumoured to be one of the first in the United States. Although the park drew large crowds and phenomenal media coverage, it had faded into obscurity by the early 1900s, ultimately leaving little trace it had ever existed. This book details the park’s founding and its colourful history. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

HILLSIDE PLEASURE PARK.

HillsidePleasurePark[Book: Norman James Price – 2006 – 22x28cm – 104 Pages – Many colour images]. For more than two decades, Hillside Pleasure Park (Belleville, New Jersey) had it all. It was inexpensive – admission was a dime. Rides were five cents. You could eat yourself through the day for around a dollar-fifty. Shows were free. So were the colour, excitement, music, dancing and conviviality. Belleville was the entertainment centre of the region. Hillside Pleasure Park: 1905-1927. Chapter Points: Entertainment!; Where Was It?; In The Beginning; The Great Roller Coaster; Vaudeville; Airships And Balloons; The Wild West Shows; Photo Gallery; In The News; The Candle Flickers; Recollections; Epilogue. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

HISTORIA DE LOS PARQUES DE RECREO A TRAVÉS DE LA TARJETA POSTAL.

Beldarrain[Book: Laurentino Gómez Beldarrain – 2005 – 22x28cm – 228 Pages – 250 images]. “The History of Amusement Parks in Postcards” showcases Spain’s amusement destinations. Selected Chapter Points: Foreword; The History of Amusement Parks (first European parks, 19th century attractions, magical electricity, kiddielands, Futuroscope, etc.); Mount Ulia (electric railway, air-transportation, etc.); Martutene area (electric railway, Casino Kursaal, Paris Luna Park, etc.); Monte Igueldo (park construction, funicular, trams, etc.); Bibliography. (Spanish and Basque script). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

HISTORIC AMUSEMENT PARKS OF BALTIMORE.

HistoricAmusementParksOfBaltimore[Book: John P. Coleman – 2014 – 18x26cm – 256 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Presenting the rich history of the old amusement parks and beach resorts frequented by Baltimoreans beginning in the 1870s and stretching into the late 20th century. Readers may recognise such popular amusement parks as Gwynn Oak, Carlin’s, and Tolchester Beach, and will read about some of the more obscure places like Frederick Road Park and Hollywood Park. Each of the major parks is documented, complete with a detailed history of the sites they were built on, the creative owners behind the parks’ inceptions, the individuals and companies who provided the rides and attractions, and, the people who happily travelled by boat, streetcar, train and automobile to reach their favourite park or resort. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Preface; Introduction; Bay Ridge; Betterton Beach; Carlin’s Amusement Park; Carr’s Beach; Chesapeake Beach / Seaside Park; Electric Park; Enchanted Forest; Frederick Road Park; Gwynn Oak Amusement Park; Hollywood Park; Luna Park / Paragon Park; River View Amusement Park; Tolchester Beach; Chapter Notes; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

HISTORIC AMUSEMENT PARKS OF LONG ISLAND.

HistoricAmusementParksOfLongIsland[Book: Marisa L. Berman – 2015 – 15x23cm – 146 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “118 Miles of Memories – Discover Beloved Amusement Parks from Brooklyn to Suffolk.” Chapter Points: Foreword (Todd Berkun); Acknowledgements; Introduction – Amusement Parks on Long Island. BROOKLYN PARKS: Fairyland Kiddie Park (Buddy’s Fairyland); McCullough’s Kiddie Parks; Nellie Bly Amusement Park / Adventurers Family Entertainment Center; Peter Pan Playland; Ward’s Kiddie Park / Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park; Wonderland / Astroland Kiddie Park. QUEENS PARKS: Adventurers Inn / Great Adventure Amusement Park; Auer’s Kiddie Park; Fairyland Park; Joytown / Rockaways’ Playland [and the] Kiddie Annex; Kiddy City; Kiddie Park / Dreamland Kiddie Park; Nunley’s Rockaway Beach and Broad Channel Amusements; Playland Center / Cross Bay Amusement Park; Wonderland Farm Zoo. NASSAU PARKS: Adventureland; Frank Buck’s Jungle Camp / Massapequa Zoo and Kiddie Park; Gruberg Funland / Gruberg’s Playland; Kiddie Funland; Kiddie Haven / Garden Amusements (McGinnis’s); Lollipop Farm; Nunley’s Amusement Park; Nunley’s Happyland / Smiley’s Happyland (Jolly Rogers); Playland Park; Roadside Rest Kiddieland / Kiddieland Park / Jazzbo-Land; Spaceland. SUFFOLK PARKS: Bay Shore Amusement Park; Dodge City; Fairyland at Harvey’s; Fairytown USA; Frontier City; Turner’s Amusement Park. Conclusion – Kiddie Amusements Today; Notes; Bibliography; Index; About the Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

HISTORIC FAIRGROUND SCENES.

HistoricFairgroundScenes[Book: Michael E. Ware – 1977 – 20x25cm – 98 Pages – Many B&W photos]. It is possible to trace the origins of the fair to Roman times. The earliest fairs were markets, and into these marketplaces came acrobats, jugglers and fortune tellers. Not until the 1820s did we see the travelling sideshow and menagerie. Later came steam power, and before long, electricity brightened the scene. Chapter Points: Introduction; The Tober; The Rides; The Shows; Building Up and Pulling Down; Power on the Road and for the Rides; Living Wagons; Permanent Fairground Sites (Gt. Yarmouth, British Empire Exhibition, Great Exhibition at Wembley, Earls Court, The Kursaal, Southport); Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

HISTORICALLY AFRICAN AMERICAN LEISURE DESTINATIONS AROUND WASHINGTON D.C.

HistoricallyAfricanAmericanLeisureDestinations[Book: Patsy Mose Fletcher – 2015 – 15x23cm – 196 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “From the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, African Americans in the Washington D.C. area sought leisure destinations where they could relax without the burden of racial oppression. This book reveals the history behind Washington’s forgotten era of African American leisure.” Chapter Points: Foreword (Maurice Jackson); Acknowledgements; Introduction. 1= Pleasure Gardens and Picnic Parks: Eureka Park, Green Willow Park, Madre’s Park, Other Black-Owned Pleasure Gardens 1880–1920, White-Owned Pleasure Gardens and Public Leisure Spaces. 2= Train-Related Resorts and Excursions: Harpers Ferry, Storer College, Island Park Resort and Amusement Park, Other Resorts by Train, Deer Park, Loudoun County – Virginia, Tokes Cottage, Carlin Springs, Samuel Proctor’s. 3= Steamboat-Related Amusement Parks and Excursions: J.W. Patterson, National Steamboat Company, Lewis Jefferson and Notley Hall/Washington Park, J.O. Holmes and the E. Madison Hall, Other Steamer-Oriented Beaches and Resorts, Marshall Hall Redux, Old Point Comfort and Environs. 4= Spiritual and Charitable Recreation Sites: Camp Meeting – The Religious Leisure Activity, Camp Lichtman and Camp Pleasant, National Memorial to the Progress of the Colored Race of America. 5= Twentieth-Century Leisure Spaces: Suburban Gardens, National Capital Country Club, Wilmer’s Park. 6= Beach Communities and Amusement Parks: Western Shore Communities and Parks (Highland Beach, Carr’s and Sparrow’s Beaches, Columbia Beach); Patuxent River Communities and Parks (Eagle Harbor, Cedar Haven, Sea Gull Beach); Potomac River Communities and Parks (Colton Point, Longview Beach, Mill Point Shores); Other Twentieth-Century Waterfront Places of Leisure (Mark-Haven Beach, Holly Knoll, Seafarers Yacht Club – Anacostia River, Chesapeake Heights-on-the-Bay). Credits and Sources; Index; About the Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

HISTORISCH OVERZICHT KERMISATTRACTIES: DE ACHTBAAN.

KermisAchtbaan[Book: Karel Loeff & Henni Van Oers – 2001 – 15x21cm – 36 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Read about the history of Dutch roller coasters – both wooden and steel – and the development of Dutch amusement parks. Selected Chapter Points: The Beginning; Europe; The Roller Coaster at the Village Fair; The Twintiger and Dertiger Years; The Vijftiger Years; Steel Roller Coasters; Wild Mouse; Traditional 8-Baan; Flitzer; Heavy Construction; Alpen Express; The Jumbo Jet; The ’80s and ’90s; The Catapult; New Developments; Schwarzkopf; Events; Dutch Builders; Roller Coasters in Amusement Parks. (Dutch script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

HISTORISCH OVERZICHT KERMISATTRACTIES: DE AUTOSCOOTER.

KermisDeAutoscooter[Book: Karel Loeff & Hennie Van Oers – 1999 – 15x21cm – 30 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The Dodgem, often called “Bumper Cars” is the most popular attraction at the fair – anywhere in the world. Read all about the bumper car’s history. Selected Chapter Points: New and Clever; Introduction; Dodge Them!; Patents; The First Scooter in Germany; Premiere in the Netherlands; Lusse-Scooters; Belgian Manufacturers; Other Manufacturers; Construction; The Largest Scooter Ride; The Slot Car; Setting Up and Opening; The Orange Scooter; Modern Pavilions; Ride Art; Variations on a Theme; The VASCO; Bibliography. (Dutch script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

HISTORISCH OVERZICHT KERMISATTRACTIES: DE BERG- EN DALBAAN.

KermisBerg-En-Dalbaan[Book: Karel Loeff & Henni Van Oers – 2006 – 15x21cm – 50 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Exploring the history and development of the fairground ride commonly known as: Himalaya, Matterhorn, Jet Bob, Mont Blanc, Musik Express and Bayern Kurve. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; United Kingdom; Prohibited in the Netherlands; The Car Carrousel; Spillman’s Innovations; From Tunnels to Rockets; Demon Whirl to Cortina Bob; Snow Valley; A New Generation; Reverchon; Speed Without Rails; Sobema Hits Back; Snow Jet and Nautilus; Fixed Gondolas; The Waltzer; Musik Express; Bayern Kurve; Bibliography. (Dutch script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

HISTORISCH OVERZICHT KERMISATTRACTIES: DE CAKEWALK.

KermisDeCakewalk[Book: Karel Loeff & Henni Van Oers – 2004 – 15x21cm – 50 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A publication dedicated to the history, growth in popularity, and current status of Netherlands fun houses, cakewalks, folly halls and schimmy houses. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; The Name; The Movement Simulated; The First Dutch Cakewalks; The German Alternative; A Period of Popularity; A New Dancing – The Schimmy; Schimmy House and Wembley Attractions; The Metamorphosis of an Attraction; The Facade Sets the Scene; Manufacturers; New Success; Dutch Cakewalks; Families, Operators and Entrepreneurs. (Dutch script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

HISTORISCH OVERZICHT KERMISATTRACTIES: DE EMOTIEBAAN.

KermisDeEmotiebaan[Book: Karel Loeff & Henni Van Oers – 2005 – 15x21cm – 50 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Exploring the history of the Ghost Train and the Haunted House. This popular attraction dates back to the late 19th Century, as the Prater in Vienna debuted ‘Grottenbaan.’ The haunted house appeared in Germany in 1931 and the Netherlands followed immediately. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; The Grottenbaan; From Exhibitions to Park Attractions; Patents; Debut in the Netherlands; Uniqueness; Cast-Off or a New Life?; The Facade; The Spooks; Coming in 2005; Well-known Dutch Phantom Houses: Geisterburg, King Kong Horror Haus, Roll-on Ghoster, etc.; Bibliography. (Dutch script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

HISTORISCH OVERZICHT KERMISATTRACTIES: DE RUPSBAAN.

KermisDeRupsbaan[Book: Henni Van Oers, Henri Wassenaar & Karel Loeff – 1998 – 15x21cm – 30 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The Caterpillar ride can still be found at various village fairs. It was invented in 1925 and is a true classic, and many fair-goers have stolen their first kiss under its cover. Selected Chapter Points: Ups and Downs; The Beginning Years; Success for Spillman; Premiere in the Netherlands; A Third Caterpillar Ride; Developments After 1945; The Kiss; The End of the American Caterpillar; Competition for Speed; The Original Caterpillar – Still Twisting; Design, Thematics and Names; Where do Caterpillars Travel?; The Ball; Manufacturers; Caterpillars Abroad; The Future…; Bibliography. (Dutch script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

HISTORISCH OVERZICHT KERMISATTRACTIES: KERMISTRANSPORT.

KermisTransport[Book: Karel Loeff, Henni Van Oers & M.M.V. Ronnie De Bruijn – 2003 – 15x21cm – 50 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Exploring the wonderful and varied life of fairground transportation – from early shipping and rail transport to road transportation and power generators. Selected Chapter Points: Introduction; Horse and Carriage; Ship; Train; Motor Tractors; Larger Trucks; DAF; Other Makers; Living Carriages; Bus Homes; Trailers and Rides’ Transportation; Energy; Getting Stuck…; Transport on Transport! (Dutch script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

HISTORISCH OVERZICHT KERMISATTRACTIES: KIJKWERK.

KermisKijkwerk[Book: Karel Loeff & Henni Van Oers – 2001 – 15x21cm – 50 Pages – Many B&W photos]. From the fat lady, animal exhibits, Wall of Death motorcycle stunts; flea circuses and the girl without a head… these are all examples of the wide world of Kijkwerk [Sideshows]. This ancient form of entertainment has now become a rarity. This is a look at freak shows and live entertainment with an explanation of each. Selected Chapter Points: From Travelling to Permanent; Stage and Theatre; Puppets and Marionettes; The Circus; Cabaret; Large and Small Animals; The Flea Theatre; The Mouse City; People and Mystery; Abnormalities; Real or Headless?; Sports Shows; Science and Technique; The World in Miniature; The Bioscope. (Dutch script throughout). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE HISTORY OF ALTON TOWERS.

TheHistoryOfAltonTowers[Book: 1986 – 14x21cm – 40 Pages – Full colour]. A booklet / guide telling the story of Alton Towers (Staffordshire, England), the former home of the earls of Shrewsbury and Britain’s only world-rated leisure park. See views of the earls’ estate and the Maison Talbot. See the towers, gardens, and the waterfall in the Rock Garden, the Swiss Cottage and the Pagoda Fountain. Chapter Points: The Early History of the Alton Towers Site (from the 8th Century A.D.) A New Earl and a New Name – 1827 to the Present Day. (Don’t be disappointed; this book is not about the Alton Towers theme park). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair. 

HOLIDAY WORLD.

HolidayWorldIoA[Book: Pat Koch & Jane Ammeson – 2006 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Louis J. Koch had a dream – one of family, fun, and Christmastime year-round. And so he created Santa Claus Land, the nation’s first theme park in Santa Claus, located in the gentle rolling hills of southern Indiana. Now, six decades later Koch’s legacy lives on at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. The park is still owned by the Koch family, and the park’s wooden roller coasters are rated in the top ten of coaster enthusiasts worldwide. Since Pat Koch was a little girl, Santa Claus Land has been an important part of her life. Chapter Points: In the Beginning; Santa Claus Land; The Little Park That Could; On Santa’s Knee; Generations; Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari; Wood is Good. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

HOW AMUSEMENT PARKS WORK.

HowAmusementParksWork[Book: Lisa Greathouse – 2010 – 18x23cm – 34 Pages – Full colour]. Millions of people visit amusement parks every year. Not many people think about science while there, but fun parks would not exist without science. In fact, you could think of an amusement park as a huge science laboratory. Have you ever wondered how amusement park rides work? What keeps the roller coaster on its track? How the free-fall ride stops? What keeps the Ferris wheel steady? Chapter Points: The Science of Amusement Parks; Simple and Compound Machines; Measuring Motion; That Sinking Feeling; Will You Build the Next Great Ride?; Appendices; Glossary; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair for children.

HOW ARE THEY BUILT? ROLLER COASTERS.

HowAreTheyBuiltRollerCoasters[Book: Lynn M. Stone – 2002 – 19x26cm – 48 Pages – Many colour photos]. Very few people can afford to hitch a rocket ride into outer space. And the military doesn’t offer passenger rides in their jets. But no one has to miss a chance for a thrill ride. For a safe and affordable thrill, a roller coaster is the answer for most. It’s a chance to take 200ft plunges at 90mph with a few barrel rolls and heart-stopping twists tossed in. Chapter Points: Roller Coasters; History of Roller Coaster; Who Builds Roller Coasters?; Kinds of Roller Coasters; Taming Nature; Building a Roller Coaster; Great North American Roller Coasters; Glossary; Index; Further Reading and Websites. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

HOW TO DESIGN THE WORLD’S BEST ROLLER COASTER.

HowToDesignTheWorldsBestRollerCoaster[Book: Paul Mason – 2016 – 22x27cm – 34 Pages – Full colour drawings and photos]. “Imagine being given a sackful of money and being told to build a roller coaster. You’d definitely want it to be the best roller coaster in the world. But how do you go about designing that? Using your imagination and some smart research, you’ll see how to create a dream design. Then you’ll refine it, and in 10 simple steps, make changes and improvements based on real-world considerations and calculations, to turn it into a design fit to compete with the world’s best.” Chapter Points: Designing the world’s best roller coaster; What makes a top roller coaster?; Step 1 – dream design – the plunger!; Step 2 – safety first! (well, second…); Step 3 – wood v. steel; Step 4 – the lift hill; Step 5 – the corkscrew; Step 6 – fog city; Step 7 – special seating; Step 8 – the accelerator; Step 9 – zero-g… or not zero-g?; Step 10 – the forest zone; The world’s greatest roller coaster?; The world’s top roller coasters; ‘Work it out’ answers; Glossary; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended for children.

HUGO HAASE – KARUSSELLKÖNIG AUS WINSEN.

HugoHaase[Book: Darijana Hahn – 2007 – 15x21cm – 108 Pages – Many B&W photos, a few colour images].  “Hugo Haase – Carousel King From Winsen.” During his lifetime, Hugo Haase (1857 – 1933) was known by everybody as the “Carousel King.” He was a self-made man with a social consciousness who revolutionized European fairs by introducing new rides and attractions including: bumper cars, slides, water chutes, and roller coasters like the “Deep to Deep” (pictured on cover). 16 Chapters / German script throughout. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

HUNT’S PIER.

HuntsPierIoA[Book: Rob Ascough & Al Alven – 2011 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. During the golden era in the years following World War II, Hunt’s Pier became the “talk of the walk”: a fun-lover’s paradise of themed custom attractions. The “Oceanic Wonderland” helped millions of vacationers create countless memories, whether it was a child challenging the Flyer roller coaster’s intimidating plunge or a child-at-heart exploring the dark caverns of the Golden Nugget and the haunted decks of the pirate ship Skua. Chapter Points: Foreword (Ralph Grassi); Acknowledgements; Introduction (Richard W. Munch); Hunt’s Amusement Enterprises; Laying the Foundation; An Oceanic Wonderland; Pacing the Field; The Twilight Years; Post-Hunt Endeavors; Enter the Moreys. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

I REMEMBER SUNNYSIDE.

IRememberSunnyside[Book: Mike Filey – 1996 – 21x28cm – 144 Pages – Many B&W photos]. From 1922 until 1955, Toronto’s Sunnyside Amusement Park (Canada), complete with its rides, stage shows and dance halls, was the “Disney World” of its day. By the mid-1950s however, Toronto was experiencing a change. It wanted to be like New York City, and if that was to happen, Sunnyside would have to go. An expanded Lake Shore Boulevard and a new Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway ripped the heart out of Sunnyside. Chapter Points: Early Toronto Amusement Parks; John George Howard’s Sunnyside; The Birth of Sunnyside Amusement Park; The Golden Years; The Death of Sunnyside; As Others Pictured Sunnyside. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

IDLEWILD.

IdlewildIoA[Book: Jeffrey S. Croushore – 2004 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. America’s third oldest amusement park, Idlewild (Ligonier, Pennsylvania), was founded in 1878 as a picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Rail Road. Idlewild added amusements and facilities as its crowds continued to grow, but it always strove to maintain the picturesque landscape of the site. Soon a full-fledged amusement park was in operation, with throngs of visitors. Home to unique attractions like Story Book Forest, the Rollo Coaster, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make Believe, and the Soak Zone, Idlewild has been the backdrop for generations of fond memories. Chapter Points: A Mountain Playground 1878-1930; The Park Beautiful 1931-1952; You Can’t Beat Fun 1953-1982; The Finest in Family Fun 1983 and After. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

IDORA PARK: THE LAST RIDE OF SUMMER.

IdoraParkLastRideOfSummer[Book: Rick Shale & Charles J. Jacques Jr. – 1999 – 21x28cm – 142 Pages – Many B&W photos, some colour]. Our days at Idora Park (Youngstown, Ohio) were full of fun: trying to get through the revolving barrel in the Fun House, or winning a prize on the midway. We felt the rush of the Wildcat’s first drop, and gazed upon the graceful revolutions of the Rocket Ships. These experiences live forever, if only in our minds – where the last ride of summer never ends. Chapter Points: The Fire; A Trolley Park for Youngstown 1899-1909; a New Era 1910-1920; Billings Takes Charge 1921-1930; The Big Band Years 1931-1945; The Post-War Period 1946-1954; The Baby Boom 1955-1959; Competition Heats Up 1960-1970; Searching for a Strategy 1971-1980; Going Downhill Fast 1981-1984. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE IMMERSIVE WORLDS HANDBOOK.

TheImmersiveWorldsHandbook[Book: Scott A. Lukas – 2013 – 23x23cm – 274 Pages – Many colour photos, charts and tables]. With real-world case studies and interviews with expert voices, learn how to design exciting, believable, authentic themed spaces. Selected Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Preface; The Nature of Themed and Immersive Spaces; Designing Effective, Immersive, and Creative Spaces; Atmosphere, Mood, and Effective Spaces; Authenticity, Believability, Realism; The Guest, Experience, and Immersion; Research Break; The Brand and the Senses; Material Culture, Technology, and Interactivity; Loyalty, Tradition, Change, and the Future; Further Reading; Credits; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

THE INCREDIBLE SCREAM MACHINE.

TheIncredibleScreamMachine[Book: Robert Cartmell – 1987 – 22x28cm – 252 Pages – Many B&W photos and diagrams]. “The Incredible Scream Machine: A History of the Roller Coaster.” In 1984 America celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first successful roller coaster device – La Marcus A. Thompson’s switchback railway – erected at Coney Island. To date no important study of the history of the roller coaster has appeared until now. Chapter Points: Early European Roller Coasters; America’s First Roller Coaster; La Marcus Adna Thompson; Early American Parks; The Haverhill Three; 1900-1920 Defying Gravity, Trial and Error; Roller Coasters Over the World; John A. Miller; The Roaring Twenties; Traver, Prior and Church; 1930-1972 Innovations and the Struggle to Survive; Kings Island, Disneyland, and Metal Coasters; The Coaster Boom; How a Coaster Works / Why People Ride Roller Coasters; Complete Listing of Philadelphia Toboggan Company Roller Coasters 1904-1975. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

INDIAN TRAIL AND EDGEMONT AMUSEMENT PARKS.

IndianTrailIoA[Book: Sean & Johanna Billings – 2005 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. This book highlights the history of the two legendary amusement parks in Lehigh Township. Unique images cover Indian Trail Park from its founding by Samuel and William Solliday in 1929 to its closing in 1984. Photographs of Edgemont Park recall its days as a trolley park, started by the Blue Ridge Traction Company. These images are sure to bring back memories of the rides, games, and thrills that kept people coming back year after year. Chapter Points: Indian Trail Park, The Beginning; Indian Trail Park, Changing Owners; Indian Trail Park, Hard Times; Edgemont Park, The Early Years; Edgemont Park, The Final Years. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

INDIANA BEACH: A FUN-FILLED HISTORY.

IndianaBeach[Book: W.C. Madden – 2014 – 15x23cm – 146 Pages – Many B&W photos]. From its humble beginnings as a place to swim and row a boat, Ideal Beach (Monticello, Indiana) eventually became Indiana Beach, a small amusement park where families could have good old-fashioned fun. Founded by Earl Spackman in 1926, its popularity was bolstered by the addition of a dance hall where the top bands performed during the Depression and war years of the 1940s. When Earl passed away, his son Tom Spackman Jr. continued his legacy, setting Indiana Beach on a course that would make it one of the most popular vacation resorts and amusement parks in the entire Midwest, delighting one million visitors every year. Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Introduction; Ideal Beach; Indiana Beach Begins; A Time for Change; The Spackman Family Sells the Park; The Spackman Family; Concessionaires; Haunted Indiana Beach; Reviews; Bibliography; Index; About the Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

INSIDE THE DREAM: THE PERSONAL STORY OF WALT DISNEY.

InsideTheDream[Book: Katherine & Richard Greene – 2001 – 29x32cm – 194 Pages – Full colour]. Walter Elias Disney’s impact on American popular culture was, and continues to be, immeasurable. Although he died in 1966, his legacy lives on in so many ways. Selected Chapter Points: Foreword By Diane Disney Miller; Introduction; Time Line; A Good Hard Failure; Flora and Elias; Before The Mouse; Lilly; Mickey & More; Snow White; “He Was Daddy;” A New Art Form; Flora’s Death; The Strike; World War II; Walt & Trains: “My Pride & Joy;” Dreaming of Disneyland; Television; A Growing Family; Disneyland – The Reality; A Comfortable Man; Walt & Roy; The World’s Fair; Love & Laughter; Still Dreaming; Walt’s Death. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

INSIDE THE LIVE REPTILE TENT.

InsideTheLiveReptileTent[Book: Bruce Caron & Jeff Brouws – 2001 – 24x26cm – 146 Pages – Full colour]. Before the Magic Kingdom and Six Flags, there was the travelling carnival. Humble by today’s standards this institution still retains its stronghold on the American psyche: weekend excursions with family, cotton candy and corn dogs, towering metal contraptions with names like “The Zipper” and unwinnable ring tosses. This book is a journey to the heart of American recreation. Chapter Points: A Sea of Questionable Taste; Little Egypt Danced The Hootchie Kootchie; The Politics of Laughter; Welcome To The Pleasure Palace; Iron John Meets Zip The Pinhead; Notes From The Photographer. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

IT’S AN AMUSEMENT PARK THING – A PICTORIAL ESSAY.

[Book: Michael Burkes – 2017 – 22x28cm – 64 Pages – Many colour photos]. This book is about having fun. It’s about enjoying a pastime and taking photographs that you may not have thought about before. It’s about searching for that particular angle and shot that will be remembered by you and yours to keep always. It’s about having the patience and the knowledge to prepare to take a particular picture and the joy of the hunt to find that photo. I hope that this book will inspire you to get out and learn about your camera and the many functions and possibilities it offers. To travel to your local amusement park as well as outside your realm to find that one particular photo that has an angle you did not see before, whether it’s a roller coaster, spin ride, pastoral scene or an architectural wonder. To beam and smile as you take photos during the dusk of morning, late afternoon, early evening and late at night. This book will try to cover all those facets and more. Chapter Points: Dedication; Thank You / Acknowledgements; Introduction; Wood Coasters; Steel Coasters; Other Amusement Favourites; Scenic Areas; Adding Accents; Catching The Right Moment; Late Evening/Sunset And Speed; Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

IT’S KIND OF A CUTE STORY.

ItsKindOfACuteStory[Book: Rolly Crump – 2012 – 22x28cm – 192 Pages – Many B&W and colour images]. “As told to Jeff Heimbuch…” Covering the career of Imagineer: Rolly Crump. This is a tribute to the life and work of a true original. Chapter Points: A Bit of an Introduction; Growing Up; Starting at Disney; Disneyland; Moving to WED; The Haunted Mansion; Adventureland Bazaar; The Enchanted Tiki Room; The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair; It’s A Small World at Disneyland; Museum of the Weird; Tomorrowland Re-Design 1967; Disney on Parade; Supervising Art Director at Disneyland; Walt Disney World; Circus World; Knott’s Bear-y Tales at Knott’s Berry Farm; Back at Disney; Steve Wynn; The Cousteau Society; Oman; Design 27; Other Theme Parks; Recent Work; Walt; Life Reflections. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

JENISON ELECTRIC PARK.

JenisonElectricPark[Book: Lois Jesiek Kayes – 2014 – 22x25cm – 162 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “Jenison Electric Park: An Intimate History of Holland, Michigan’s Beloved Resort and Amusement Park.” Located on the shores of Black Lake (Lake Macatawa since 1934), it rose to popularity during the gentle era of steamship travel, electric railroads, and the twilight of the horse and buggy. Families, church groups, and other vacationers sought refuge from the summer heat on the shaded lawns cooled by lake breezes. This book brings to life a forgotten time in Michigan’s fascinating history. Chapter Points: Foreword; Preface; 1870-1890 Early Black Lake Resorts; 1891-1899 Beginnings of Jenison Park; 1899-1902 The Interurban’s Effect; 1903-1909 Jenison Electric Park; 1915-1926 The Automobiles’ Impact; 1926-1955 The End of An Era; Bibliography; Index; Acknowledgments. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE JOURNAL OF RIDE THEORY #5: “BAD IDEAS” ISSUE.

TheJournalOfRideTheory[Book: The Journal of Ride Theory Magazine – 2000 Reprint – 22x28cm – 36 Pages – Many B&W photos and images]. Selected Chapter Points: BAD IDEAS: [1]= Disneyland’s Flying Saucers (troublesome ride); [2]= Disneyland’s AutoWreckTopia (ill-conceived concept); [3]= Freedomland (Bronx theme park); [4]= The 1894 Cyclodial Chariot (William D. Cronin’s Ferris wheel/roller coaster cross); [5]= Leap the Gap / Cannon Coaster (Luna Park’s 1902 jumping roller coaster); [6]= Ride Around on Just One Wheel (the 1932 Dynasphere and 1933 Uni-Motorcycle); [7]= Amphibious Vehicles; [8/9]= Dogs and Bones (Victorian automobile powered by dogs inside the wheels); [10]= Veda Land (Doug Henning’s 1980s enlightenment-themed park concept)…; Amusement publications, ads and more! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE JOURNAL OF RIDE THEORY: OMNIBUS.

TheJournalOfRideTheoryOmnibus[Book: The Journal of Ride Theory Magazine / Dan Howland – 2004 Reprint – 22x28cm – 198 Pages – Many B&W photos and images]. “A compilation of issues 1 through 5 of the small-press magazine ‘Journal of Ride Theory’ – “a singularly charming and witty…/…brash, opinionated, irreverent, subversive, cantankerous, and often flat-out hysterical” look at amusement parks, rides and strange forms of transportation. This Omnibus Edition includes never-before-published material and new commentary from the editor, as well as the previously unpublished Journal of Ride Theory #6. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

JOURNEY INTO IMAGINATION: A HISTORY OF BLACKGANG CHINE.

JourneyIntoImagination-BlackgangChine[Book: Joanne Thornton – 2015 – 14x22cm – 134 Pages – Many colour photos]. “Blackgang Chine has been an iconic attraction on the Isle of Wight for over a century. This book explores the Chine’s early history as a garden and beauty spot through to its development as a Land of Imagination… Many visitors over the years have fond memories of their own journeys into imagination at the park; now they can re-live their experiences as they once again discover a world of fairies, dinosaurs and pirates…” Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Blackgang Chine through time; A brief history of Blackgang Chine and its surrounding area; Blackgang Chine as a land of imagination; Blackgang Chine events; Conclusion. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

JOYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK.

JoylandAmusementPark[Book: Dustin Ray Shannon – 2015 – 22x27cm – 68 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “American Photographs: Joyland Amusement Park. Since 1949, Joyland was Wichita’s largest amusement park, but that changed when the park closed in 2006. In 1948, the Ottaway Amusement Company purchased 40 acres of land in south Wichita so they could build the largest roller coaster in the state of Kansas. The Ottaway Amusement Company sold Joyland in 1975 to Stanley Nelson. For 30 years, the Nelsons were the driving force behind the park and a large percent of its current rides, including the Whacky Shack, the Log Jam, and the Sky Coaster.” Chapter Points: Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1949-1969 – All for Fun and Fun for All; 1970-1999 – Sounds of Laughter and Cotton Candy Smiles; 2000-2006 – The Finale of Louie the Organist; 2007-2015 – The Deteriorating Park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

JUMP ON, JUMP ON.

JumpOnJumpOn[Book: Brian Steptoe – 1994 – 21x26cm – 144 Pages – Many colour photos]. “Jump On, Jump On: Traditional Fairs and Showmen.” Parents and teenagers, young and old, who remember and enjoy a visit to the fair, will find the fascinating life stories and the history presented here of great interest. There is something in here for you whether you are a member of the public visiting the fair, or a showman, or a fairground enthusiast. Life in the fairground business is portrayed as it really is – hard work for an uncertain financial return. But the heritage associated with the well-turned out, more traditional fair comes across in abundance. The full colour illustrations form a quality record of traditional rides, stalls, transport and living vans as operating in the UK in the 1900s. Chapter Points: Introduction. FAIRS AND FAIRGROUND EQUIPMENT: Origins of Pleasure Fairs; Who made the Equipment; Gallopers Galore; Transport and Living Vans. LIFE WITH THE FAIR: Introduction; A hundred years of memories – Harry Lee; Travelling Wild West Shows – Maggie Bird, nee Shufflebottom; Things are a bit chaotic round here – Anna Carter; Six generations in Sussex – Harris Bros; 0.22 Winchester rifles – Tony Spurrett. LAST SHOW OF THE SEASON: End of the run for the Steam Fair; Back end at Loughborough; A Rebirth. Where to see these fairs; Photographic Section; List of photographs; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

JUST FOR FUN! JIMMY JOHNSON’S PLAYLAND PARK.

JimmyJohnsonsPlaylandPark[Book: Ed Gaida – 2007 – 22x29cm – 152 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. The property at the intersection of Broadway and Alamo Streets in San Antonio (Texas) stands vacant today. It was not always so. Between 1943 and 1980 the site was occupied by one of San Antonio’s best-remembered places of amusement, Playland Park. Like a giant magnet its “Forty Rides and Attractions” drew thousands of San Antonians and South Texans through its gates to savour the thrills, chills, and delights it had to offer. Step back in history and take one more ride on the giant wooden roller coaster (The Rocket, before it was moved to Knoebels and renamed Phoenix) or gallop upon a hand carved wooden carousel horse. It’s all here and forms yet another addition to Playland Park’s motto: “Just for Fun.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

KANSAS CITY’S FAIRMOUNT PARK: 1892–1936.

FairmountPark[Book: John M. Olinskey, Debra Topi & Leigh Ann Little – 2012 – 18x25cm – 232 Pages – Few B&W photos]. Full title: “Kansas City’s Fairmount Park 1892-1936 ~ Carnival ~ Electric 1 & 2 ~ Fairyland Forest ~ Swope ~ Troost ~ Winnwood & Washington Parks.” Did you know that Mount Washington Cemetery was once an amusement park called Washington Park? Also, that one of the first airports in Kansas City was once Fairmount Park? In the 1880s Kansas City was a boom town and was referred to in the newsprint of the day as the “New Chicago.” Fairmount Park was home to: cafes, concessions, skating rink, the Fairmount Hotel… as well as amusement rides such as: Giant Dipper, Mountain Speedway, Jack Rabbit, Merry -Go- Round, Circle Swing, Toboggan Slide and more. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

KENNYWOOD.

KennywoodIoA[Book: David P. Hahner – 2004 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Founded in 1898 at the terminus of the Monongahela Street Railway trolley line, Kennywood (West Mifflin, Pennsylvania) quickly grew into a favourite summertime destination. In 1987, Kennywood was designated a National Historic Landmark and is known today as America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park. Chapter Points: Foreword; The End of the Line; Flowers, Trees, and Neon; Picnics and Entertainment – Kennywood Traditions; Riding the Painted Ponies; The Scream Makers – Roller Coasters; The Dark Side of Kennywood; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Ponies, Too!); Making a Splash at Kennywood; Pint-Sized Thrills – Kiddieland Memories; Rounding It All Up. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

KENNYWOOD: BEHIND THE SCREAMS (POCKET EDITION).

Kennywood2016[Book: Brian Butko – 2016 – 13x19cm – 148 Pages – Many colour photos]. “Come along for a loving look at Kennywood’s (West Mifflin, Pennsylvania) rides, games, and attractions. Long-time fans and new visitors will enjoy this walking tour through Kennywood as we explore the history of each ride and attraction. Founded in 1898, the park has layers of fascinating history that tell of changing architecture, entertainment, and regional history.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Andrew E. Masich, president and CEO, Heinz History Center); Introduction; Arrival; Midway; Lagoon; Kiddieland; Auto Race Plaza; Kennyville; Lost Kennywood; Volcano Valley; Kenny Lane; Carousels; Thanks; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

KENNYWOOD: ROLLER COASTER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

KennywoodRollerCoasterCapital[Book: Charles Jacques Jr. – 1982 – 21x28cm – 204 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A comprehensive history of Kennywood Amusement Park (West Mifflin, Pennsylvania). Chapter Points: Introduction; The Start of a Tradition; The First Decade; The Second Decade; The ’20s, A Golden Age; 1930-1934, Kennywood Survives; The Big Band Era; The War Period; The Late ’40s, Growth Resumes; The ’50s, Kennywood Survives Television; Meeting the Challenges of the ’60s; Kennywood’s Greatest Expansion; Looping into the 1980s. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

THE KID OF CONEY ISLAND.

TheKidOfConeyIsland[Book: Woody Register – 2001 – 16x24cm – 400 Pages]. A generation before Walt Disney, Fred Thompson was the “boy-wonder” of American popular amusements. At the turn of the twentieth century, Thompson’s entrepreneurial drive made him into an entertainment mogul who helped to define the popular culture of his day. This is the remarkable story of Thompson and examines the transformation of commerce and entertainment as American society moved into an era of mass marketing and large-scale corporate enterprise. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

KINGS DOMINION.

KingsDominion[Book: Scott N. Rutherford – 2015 – 16x23cm – 100 Pages – Many colour photos]. Kings Dominion officially opened in 1975 on a 400-acre site between Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Modelled on sister park Kings Island in Ohio, it debuted with several iconic attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, Rebel Yell, and Lion Country Safari. Over the decades, ownership has changed several times, yet the park continues to grow and remain popular, even “starring” in the 1977 film ‘Rollercoaster.’ Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, it has evolved into one of North America’s premier regional theme parks and is currently home to an impressive assortment of attractions and live entertainment. The park also boasts 14 roller coasters, including four of the wooden variety, three LIM-launched coasters, and the 30-storey-tall Intimidator (I-305) giga coaster. Chapter Points: Foreword (by Dennis Speigel); Acknowledgments; Introduction; Preview and Construction; Grand Opening; Popularity Spurs Growth; The KECO Years; Paramount Parks; Cedar Fair. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.