It's finally hot enough to hit the beaches, and it's got me dreaming about the old-timey Coney Island-- when girls' bathing suits looked like complicated costumes and the rides were terribly unsafe, but terribly fun. Maybe I'm just idealizing things, but the old Coney Island is something extra special that now only exists in history. I love the idea of beaches flooded with straw boater hats, bathing costumes, swimming caps, rosy cheeks, sheer Edwardian dresses, and wool bathing suits (things I'm thankful do not exist anymore). Not to mention potato-sack slides, parachute drops, steeplechase rides, and cotton candy galore, all while the soft crackling of an old 78 record plays the sounds of a squeaky-voiced flapper. Yes, please. I've found a few Coney Island photos ranging from the Victorian era to the 1930s that will either have you dreamin' along with me or running to your local vintage store for some old-timey beach gear!
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