Thursday, September 03, 2015
Today I have another post featuring the vintage postcards from GDB reader & contributor Ken Martinez! See his other posts from this series HERE and HERE. This time we will be looking at a series of cards from Palisades Park in New Jersey - you might know it from the famous (and cheesy) 1962 song by Freddy Cannon.
As usual, Ken has done all of the grunt work and provided commentary for each card. Here's Ken:
Palisades Amusement Park - Cliffside Park, New Jersey
In today's post are five postcards from the legendary Palisades Amusement Park which was located across the Hudson River from New York City atop the New Jersey Palisades in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. The famous amusement park operated from 1898 to 1971. Like another legendary amusement park, Chicago's Riverview Park, Palisades Amusement Park passed into history by the time the 1970's theme park era strongly made its imprint on the amusement industry.
In this first image is the "Sky Ride", "Cyclone" roller coaster, and waterways of the "Atomic Boat Ride". Way in back is the "Giant Wheel". The direction of this view is towards the Hudson River. I really like the architectural styling and color of this park as presented in this postcard series.
Here's a midway shot with a coaster train rounding the curve of the Cyclone wooden roller coaster which was designed by Herbert Paul Schmeck, who also designed other notable coasters such as Thunderhawk in Dorney Park, the Comet in Hersheypark, and the Wildcat in Lake Compounce. Note the colorful pedestal with the elephant on top.
Here's another colorful shot of the midway with another animal on a pedestal, this time a monkey. The Arabian Nights dark ride is in the distance. Looking at these images and clothing styles, I'm not sure if these postcards are from the 1950's or 1960's. (Note from Major Pepperidge - I am quite sure that these are from the 1960's).
In the center of the park was the dark ride "Arabian Nights - Tunnel of Love". From the sounds of it, it was your typical spook house track ride. During the latter part of the 1960's the ride was remodeled into "Casper's Ghostland" featuring the characters from Famous Studios and Harvey Comics.
I love this wonderful stylized and colorful stand. There appears to be people enjoying drink and refreshment nearby, so it makes me wonder if the colorful kiosk was a refreshment stand. In the background are a Ferris Wheel and Wild Mouse.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this postcard visit to a long gone but not forgotten amusement park from another era. There are ten more postcards from this series which I hope to share with you in the near future.
Information source material:
Palisades Amusement Park History - www.palisadespark.com
Roller Coaster Database - www.rcdb.com
As always, many thanks to Ken for sharing his vintage postcards and for taking the time to write his excellent descriptions. I want to go to the 1960's Palisades Park seen in these images!