Dreamland's Beacon Tower at night, circa 1905. (Library of Congress)
A little person campaigns for Calvin Coolidge, 1924. (h/t Shorpy)
He knows. He really does.
The Helter Skelter Ride, Luna Park, 1905. (h/t Shorpy)
Classic Walker Evans photo: Couple at Luna Park, Coney Island, 1928. (Walker Evans Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art.)
Count Orloff, the Transparent Man. A real fellow who really did die in 1904, although not the way I say he did in Magruder's.
Judy Garland's favorite vaudevillian, Hadji Ali, professional regurgitator.
Don't think it can't happen to you.
On the bally (meaning, on stage outside the main performance) and turning the tip (meaning, getting paying customers to come in). Dreamland, circa 1904.
Enjoying the beach on Coney, circa 1904. (h/t Shorpy)
A demon guards a ride at modern Coney.
Vallecita the leopard trainer, 1906.
Reception Hospital, which appears in Magruder's.
Josephine Joseph, star of Tod Browning's classic film, Freaks.