Welcome to Pittsburgh History with Professor Ginny where we like to look at old stuff!
- I wrote a history post about the old PAT streetcars over at the Pittsburgh Magazine site before I left for Mexico, so be sure to check that piece of history out.
- Steve Mellon has been putting together some kickass historical stuff over at the P-G, combining old photographs, old newspaper clippings, and video editing to make old stories come alive. Check out this one about a tragic fire on the North Side many years ago and learn about how Pittsburghers have always been heroic good neighbors. If you want to read about the fire, you can do so here and here.
Now for our lesson! Take notes, Lukey!
Luna Park is going to look familiar to you because Kennywood’s “Lost Kennywood” is modeled after it, which is interesting because Luna Park and Kennywood were once competitors and it was the popularity of Kennywood that had a hand in the shuttering of the less popular Luna Park, if Wikipedia is to be believed and why not? Everything on the Internet is true.
Luna Park was located on 16 acres roughly HERE, with the entrance being at N. Craig and Center:
Luna Park opened in 1905 and closed in 1909, a short life for sure.
Each year, The Pittsburg Press offered a series of coupons that allowed for free admission to the park if the bearer collected all seven coupons:
This would be the entrance to Luna Park in 1905 (click for stunning embiggen):
Let’s note the details:
Burghers in 1905! Starting on the left, I wonder if the boy is considering spending his hard earned money to enter the park? Then street sweeper! Then lovely lady and an adorable girl in a big hat, then another street sweeper. LOVE IT ALL!
Holding Daddy’s hand, an animated conversation, and Shoot the Chutes in the background:
Adgie and her Lions are coming, a bike, and 10 cent admission:
Here’s another photo of Luna Park from the Library of Congress, which you can click to embiggen or you can go here and download the SUPER EMBIGGEN:
The Japanese Theater looks quite popular. You can read all about it and all of the other amazing attractions right here. There were six buildings dedicated to it, a tea garden, 18 geisha girls from Japan, a Japanese bakery, restaurant, shops and more.
Silly boys in their skewed caps doing silly things:
And yet another photo of Luna Park from the US Archives, which you can download in huge format as well:
Shoot. I kinda want to ride that!
OMG, Time Travel! Why aren’t you a thing yet?!
Bored. Probably because everyone is over in Japan with the geisha girls:
WTF? Is that some kind of swing or guillotine or something?
Wait. Maybe they did invent time travel, because that is Sean Penn:
The Mystic River, perhaps?
WHAT IN THE NAME OF FRICK?!
Rifle Range and the Scenictorium:
I don’t know what a “popcorn crispette” is, but I need one: