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Girls on the Parachute Jump, 1955

Girls on the Parachute Jump, 1955

Two young women hang suspended above Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn.  The beach and boardwalk below them are crowded with men and women strolling or sunbathing.  The Parachute Jump, originally built for the 1939 World's Fair, is an icon of Coney Island.  Although it ceased operating in 1968, the structure is in the United States Register of Historic Places, and still stands today.

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Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1932

Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1932

The beach and boardwalk is crowded on this summer day in 1932.  Notice how many of the men and women strolling along the boardwalk are wearing hats and jackets, despite the warmth evidenced by other men in short-sleeved shirts and the abundance of sunbathers.  Aside from the mode of dress, Coney Island wouldn't look much different in the summer today.

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