Steeplechase Park opened in 1897 and after one of the great Coney Island fires, closed in 1907.  After half the park was destroyed, on the site, Tilyou promised a bigger and better Steeplechase Park and charged 10 cents to see the burning ruins.

The following is a series of Steeplechase Park post cards and images.

Photo by Bill Whitby (my dad).


Steeplechase Park, mechanical horse racing (postcard)

Human Roulette Wheel operated until the park closed.

A partial view inside Steeplechase.

Early Steeplechase Park (postcard)

Bathing Beauties around the Steeplechase Pool (postcard)



Memorabilia Collected over the Years

My Grandpa Harry Anderson outside Luna Park (year unknown)

Collection of Post Cards



Many years ago, my dad had friends who worked at Steeplechase Park, and was given this old matchbook, which became part of my collection

Rubber stamp purchased at a flea market in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Post Card from the Coney Island Hysterical Society

Post Card I received from Coney Island USA for a T-Shirt Contest Entry

This is the Design I Submitted

Sealed Editor’s Copy of Amram Ducovny’s book “Coney Island”

B&B Carousell Ring given to me by Mike Saltzstein.


HI!  Welcome to my Coney Island Blog.  This is the first entry.  Please be sure to check out the entries on the Blog, including Memorabilia, Steeplechase Park and more.  There’s a lot of interesting photos and history here.  If you have an image you would like to add, send me an e-mail at and I’ll include the photo with your name and caption.  NOTE:  Images with no copyright (c) were taken by me.  In addition, if you wish to purchase any of my images, please send me an email and I’ll give you further information.

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Original 1960’s Bumper Sticker

This Blog will capture the essence of Coney Island from its early days to present (not necessarily in chronological order) with captions, memories and expressions of what Coney Island means as a seaside attraction in Brooklyn, NY and the world.

From the 1930’s through the early 1960’s Rolling Chairs were the alternative to walking the Boardwalk.  Similarly, these chairs were used at Asbury Park and Atlantic City, NJ.

The Parachute Jump was moved from the 1939 World’s Fair (sponsored by Life Saver’s Candy) to it’s historic location on the Boardwalk.  (photographer unknown).  The following are other perspectives of this Icon.

Before renovation.

The Crown of the jump after being dismantled for restoration.

The Parachute Jump was lit for a very brief time before being switched off.

CHECK BACK FOR MORE IMAGES (current in preparation)…