We have a new Past/Present post for our readers today, featuring two fun scenes of the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island. The Wonder Wheel was built in 1920 by the Eccentric Ferris Wheel Company. Eccentric wheels differ from the standard Ferris wheels in that the passengers’ cars are not fixed directly to the rim of the wheel, but rather slide on rails between the hub and the rim as the wheel rotates. The Wonder Wheel was named an official NYC landmark in 1989. Enjoy!
Image on the left: Coney Island by Harry Shokler. Serigraph, 1940.
Image on the right : Coney Island by Ellen Nathan Singer . Etching and aquatint, 2009.