SanFranciscosPlaylandGoldenYears[Book: James R. Smith – 2013 – 22x28cm – 166 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. The definitive history of San Francisco’s landmark amusement park. Selected Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Foreword (John Rothmann); Introduction; Playland and Chutes at the Beach – a Brief History; Views of Playland at the Beach and Its Surrounds; The Midway; Attractions: (The Musée Mécanique, The Lord’s Last Supper – The Little Theatre, Camera Obscura, Skateland, Fun-Tier Town, Playland Modelcar Raceways, Kookie Kube); The Merry-Go-Round; The Fun House: (Human Laundry, Joy Wheel, Japanese Bridge, Barrel of Fun, Giant Slide, Crazy Mirrors); Laffing Sal; Playland’s Dark Rides: (Laff in the Dark, Dark Mystery, Limbo, Mad Mine); Rides: (Alpine Racer, Big Dipper, Bashing Bagels, Caterpillar, Merry Mix-Up, Captain Satellite’s Space Copter, Diving Bell, Dodger, Flying Coaster, Fly-O-Plane, Hey-Dey, The Miler Roller Coasters, Racing Derby, Octopus, Ridee-O, Rock-O-Plane, Roll-O-Plane, Roto-Jet, Rotor, Shoot the Chutes, Skyliner, Strato-Ship, Tilt-A-Whirl, Kiddie Rides); Clubs; Cafés; Events; Getting There; Planning Playland’s Demise; The Destruction of Playland; Maps; Timeline 1906-1972; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

  • Frank Biafore

    The new volume has over 30 color images. Both volumes are available signed by the author and include a limited edition 5.5 x 8.5 color postcard. Visit to purchase at a special price and support the non-profit museum celebrating America’s bygone amusement parks.

  • Derek Sailors

    Another great book by James Smith. More awesome photos and great history. It does a great job at telling about all aspects of the park including the rides, the coasters, the restaurants, the night clubs, the special events, the trolley and bus lines and the demolition. I will admit I did not enjoy this one quite as much as the ‘Early Years.’ I found the early era more fascinating plus this books repeats some of what you see in the first one. I personally got bored with the trolley and bus section but I understood the importance of it. I still recommend it for sure. I rate this one a 7.5/10.

  • Derek Sailors

    Another awesome book by James R Smith on Playland At The Beach. More great info and tons of amazing photos. I did like the first one (Early Years) a tad better but this one is still high on my list and one you need to add to your collection. I rate this one a 9/10.