Kittens, with summer well under way, Acadia still in the city, and this week’s anniversary of the opening of the historic Coney Island Cyclone in 1927, I thought this would be the perfect time to share a few vintage summer scenes of New York City. And since nothing evokes summer quite like a good carnival, why not start with this classic news reel of 1940’s Coney Island?
Rides! Sideshow attractions! Food! And, even at the beach, people decked out in the classically stylish attire of the 1940’s, from fashionable frocks to glorious summer hats. Check out the gallery below for more vintage Coney Island pictures, and while we’re at it, I’ve added a few photos from the 870,000 recently released by the New York City’s Municipal Archives, dating all the way back to New York City in the mid-1880s. Enjoy this sweet, fleeting taste of summer in the city while you can, darlings. Halloween is barely 126 days away!
View a collection of rare 1939 color photos of summer in New York City via New York Daily News, or go here for the complete New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery. For more historic photos of Coney Island, visit Brooklyn Atlantic and the Coney Island collection of the Library of Congress’s Flickr Commons Project.