Amusing America

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Amusing America

is the story of participatory commercial amusements in American cities – San Francisco in particular – and how they changed the way Americans lived. From the Gilded Age of the 1880s to World War II, amusement parks, world’s fairs, arcades, seaside resorts and dance pavilions brought Americans together from all walks of life to share in new forms of leisure and new social relationships.

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2 Responses to Amusing America

  1. Kevin C. says:

    Bibi- fun post, especially since it’s local to me! My grandmother used to tell me about the giant saltwater pools at the Sutro Baths when she was a little girl in the 1910s. And about the amusement park called Playland, I remember going there as a child before they closed the place down in 1972. 🙂

  2. Bibi says:

    I didn’t know about it. 🙂
    I just liked the history and the images there. Well, I’m glad that you liked Kevin and now I know that are from San Francisco.

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