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28 Historical Pictures Of New York's Famous Coney Island

Is there anything more quintessentially American than summertime at Coney Island? If you're about to say yes and rattle off some random example of more stellar Americana, stop right there because these vintage pictures of Coney Island are about to prove you wrong. Historical images of Coney Island document all the things that people still love about a trip to one of its classic beachside amusement parks: Nathan's Hot Dogs, take-your-life-into-your-own-hands-style wooden roller coasters, and, of course, a beach so crowded you may never actually reach – or even see – the ocean. 

So dust off that old phonograph, pump up some tunes, and sit back as you take a stroll onto the hot, crowded beaches and down the jam-packed lovers' promenades of early 20th-century Coney Island.

  • Aerial View Of Coney Island On The 4th Of July, 1920

    Photo: George Rinhart / Getty Images
    • Two Women Participating In The Timeless Tradition Of Burying Your Friend In The Sand On A Beach On Coney Island

      Photo: George Rinhart / Getty Images
      • The Helter Skelter Ride In Coney Island's Luna Park

        Photo: Samantha Vuignier / Getty Images
        • The Roosevelt Bears At Coney Island

          Photo: George Rinhart / Getty Images