Boarding School Girls at Coney Island

I cannot believe that rolling drum ride...
     Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 24, 2018
     Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts | 1900s

Too bad there is no sound track. But I can imagine it could have been like this:

Screaming "Geronimo!" as the girls jumped off the omnibus as their skirts fly up.
As the girl steps into the cleverly covered hole: "Oh My God! It's crap! It's crap!"
On the barrel ride: "Sally, did you wear clean knickers today?"

Out of curiosity I looked for that Steeplechase ride and was surprised that the Coney Island version ran from 1897 to 1964. There was one at Winniewood in Pittsburg when I lived there from 1999 to 2001. although it was not in operation because it had been deemed unsafe due to age.
Posted by KDP on 01/24/18 at 01:43 PM
They obviously weren't being educated properly -- no real lady would sit astride. Side-saddle was still the only decent way for a woman to ride.
Posted by Phideaux on 01/24/18 at 02:43 PM
Giggle, giggle. He said, "ride"!
Posted by KDP on 01/24/18 at 04:31 PM
Interesting that the man stunt double who took the fall in the hole didn't bother to wear the necessary stockings, to cover up his hairy legs. Audiences weren't too critical of what they saw.
Posted by Therese Z on 01/24/18 at 10:30 PM
I was facinated by ten little girls in two straight lines.
What kind of vehicle were they riding in?
Posted by Geoffrey Garber on 01/25/18 at 10:53 AM
@Geoffrey Garber -- Jitneys came in all sizes and shapes, from converted vans to specially-built versions. I suspect this one was imported from England because of the righthand drive, and there were a few coachbuilders in England at that time who created popular ones.

The angle isn't good, but I suspect from what I see that there's a narrow third row, a sort of rumble seat. At 1.54, on the left side, there's a girl standing in the front row going to be helped down, a girl sitting behind her in the next row, and what looks to me to be a girl standing behind her.
Posted by Phideaux on 01/25/18 at 11:53 AM
The rolling drum ride was also known as Lawsuit-o-rama.
Posted by Brian on 01/26/18 at 05:17 AM
Knickers, KDP? Surely at that time they'd have been wearing either petticoats or bloomers!
Posted by Richard Bos on 01/26/18 at 08:17 AM
Richard, the minutiae of female undergarments has always eluded me.
Posted by KDP on 01/26/18 at 08:22 AM
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