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Title [Great Roller Boller Coaster Amusement Co.]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1910
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print. Three groups of men, women, and children pose on the beach at South Beach, Staten Island; they are in front of a large roller coaster. Sign on a covered walkway behind the groups: "GREAT ROLLER BOLLER COASTER AMUSEMENT CO." Some of the people wear bathing suits and bathing caps. In the foreground is a pile of debris that may have been from a campfire. A roller coaster car with people aboard can be seen on one of the coaster's inclines.
(Keywords: New York City, Early Twentieth Century)
Print size 6.5 x 8.625
Acquisition Gift of Edwin Skinner
Ownership and History Like nearby Coney Island, the popular resort area at Staten Island's South Beach drew crowds of middle-class vacationers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Popular amenities included hotels, restaurants, amusement rides, beer gardens, bathing pavilions, and theaters.

This photograph was donated to Staten Island Historical Society in 1952 by Edwin H. Skinner. Mr. Skinner was the long-time manager of the Staten Island Beach Land Improvement Company at South Beach in the early 1900s, and the roller coaster seen in this photo was likely located at his amusement park.
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1915
Subjects Beaches
Amusement rides
Roller coasters
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Skinner, Edwin H.
Catalog Number 52.012.0005
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, July 2016.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.