SAN FRANCISCO’S PLAYLAND AT THE BEACH: THE EARLY YEARS.

SanFranciscosPlaylandEarlyYears[Book: James R. Smith – 2010 – 22x28cm – 154 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The most comprehensive story of San Francisco’s premier amusement destination. Selected Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Foreword (John Rothmann); Introduction; Playland and Chutes at the Beach – a Short History; Views of Chutes/Playland at the Beach and Its Surrounds; Chutes’ Structures; Arcades; Playland Attractions: (Fun House, Goofy Village, Noah’s Ark, The Ship A’Joy, Motor-Drome, Sideshows, etc.). Rides: (Shoot the Chutes, Bob Sled Dipper, Figure 8 Coaster, Aeroplane Swing – Seaplane Ride, Whip, Dodg-Em, Ferris Wheel, Hippodrome Merry-Go-Round, Big Dipper, Whirlpool, Tumble Bug, Sleigh Ride, Frolic, Red Bug, Loop-O-Plane, Merry Mix-Up, Kiddie Rides, Lindy Loop, Rocket Speedway, Extended Bartlett Rocket Speedway, etc.); Playland Clubs: (Billows, Hawai’Land, Topsy’s Roost); Cafés: (Yum-Yum, Surf Café, Hot House, “It” Stand, Sea Lion Café, Lake Inn Café, Ye Olde Village, Pie Shop); Events; Chutes and Playland Staff and Friends; Map of Playland 1945; Playland Tickets; Timeline 1906-1972; Index. About the Author; The “Remembering Playland at the Beach” DVD. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

  • Derek Sailors

    When I started reading this book I thought to myself ‘Wow this is going to be a lot of reading’ but that was not the case at all. As quickly as page 9 you begin with tons of amusement park photos. Some amazingly clear and detailed photos from the teens, twenties and thirties. The right blend of information within the many photos. A nice mix of history, rides, coasters, restaurants and night clubs make this book a must for collectors. Looking forward to the second book. I rate this one a 9/10.

  • Derek Sailors

    This is one of the best defunct amusement park books you will ever read and look at. The photos are amazing. This book is a MUST HAVE. Way too many great things to point out about it. I give a 9.5/10 easily.