1/2 x 12 in. diameter
A sandy beige and sea green souvenir tray with an elaborate color lithograph showing seven scenes by the seaside with the portrait of a man in a brown suit and bow tie at the top and around the rim, "Souvenir Of / Young's Ocean Pier/ Atlantic City, N.J.". Clockwise from the top, a scene of people entering an amusement pier; a uniformed band in a concert hall labeled "Band"; across the center, a scene of women in bathing gowns and men full bathing suits near a bath house with a roller coaster in the background; a scene of people pulling fish from a huge net marked "Fish Haul"; a group of dancing little girls in tutus and toe shoes marked "Children's Carnival"; people standing by a roller coaster with a loop-the-loop labeled "Flip Flop"; and people standing in an aquarium room marked "Fish Tank".
The world's first ocean amusement pier was built in Atlantic City in 1882, but it was Captain John L. Young's 1891 Ocean Pier which set the standards for all amusement piers to come. On his Ocean Pier, Captain Young installed rides and midway games, and an electric trolley system. The latter delivered patrons from the Boardwalk, two thousand feet out over the Atlantic, to fishing and pleasure steamers at the pier's end. In addition, Young offered band concerts and vaudeville shows.
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
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