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23 Incredible Vintage Pictures Of Summertime At Coney Island

Sunshine, sideshows, and — of course — Nathan's.

Last updated on July 8, 2017, at 11:54 a.m. ET

Posted on July 8, 2017, at 11:54 a.m. ET

Four women splash their way to shore in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on June 12, 1938.
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Four women splash their way to shore in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on June 12, 1938.

Scores of sunbathers crowd the beaches, circa 1948.
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Scores of sunbathers crowd the beaches, circa 1948.

A sunbathing couple share an intimate moment amid the crowds in August 1945.
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A sunbathing couple share an intimate moment amid the crowds in August 1945.

Beachgoers enjoy their summer in 1948.
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Beachgoers enjoy their summer in 1948.

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Customers at Nathan's Famous hot dog stand, circa 1955.
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Customers at Nathan's Famous hot dog stand, circa 1955.

A woman and her sailor boyfriend eat from both ends of a hot dog on July 18, 1943.
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A woman and her sailor boyfriend eat from both ends of a hot dog on July 18, 1943.

A view of the Coney Island boardwalk with sunbathers and swimmers on the beach, circa 1948.
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A view of the Coney Island boardwalk with sunbathers and swimmers on the beach, circa 1948.

Identical twins (left), dressed alike, look out over the Coney Island boardwalk, circa 1948. A man (right) bends over backwards on the beach, circa 1940.
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Identical twins (left), dressed alike, look out over the Coney Island boardwalk, circa 1948. A man (right) bends over backwards on the beach, circa 1940.

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The Coney Island boardwalk, circa 1933.
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The Coney Island boardwalk, circa 1933.

Billboards advertising sideshows at the Coney Island amusement park in 1945.
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Billboards advertising sideshows at the Coney Island amusement park in 1945.

Sideshow performer Princess Lola (left), dubbed "the fattest lady at Coney Island," gets a checkup from a doctor in 1949. A "headless" woman (right) performs in a sideshow in 1945.
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Sideshow performer Princess Lola (left), dubbed "the fattest lady at Coney Island," gets a checkup from a doctor in 1949. A "headless" woman (right) performs in a sideshow in 1945.

A performer known as the "Strong Man" tests his strength in 1945.
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A performer known as the "Strong Man" tests his strength in 1945.

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Coney Island sideshow performers pose for their portraits in 1945.
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Coney Island sideshow performers pose for their portraits in 1945.

A time-lapse view of an illuminated carnival ride at night, 1941.
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A time-lapse view of an illuminated carnival ride at night, 1941.

A group of women take a spin on the giant slide inside the "Pavilion of Fun" on May 11, 1953.
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A group of women take a spin on the giant slide inside the "Pavilion of Fun" on May 11, 1953.

Carnivalgoers take a ride on the Cyclone roller coaster (left) in an undated picture. Groups of families (right) walk past a Coney Island Ferris wheel, circa 1948.
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Carnivalgoers take a ride on the Cyclone roller coaster (left) in an undated picture. Groups of families (right) walk past a Coney Island Ferris wheel, circa 1948.

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A view of the famous "Parachute Jump" in Steeplechase Park, circa 1948. The ride was built as part of the 1939 New York World's Fair, and moved to Coney Island in 1941.
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A view of the famous "Parachute Jump" in Steeplechase Park, circa 1948. The ride was built as part of the 1939 New York World's Fair, and moved to Coney Island in 1941.

Beachgoers crowd the boardwalk of Coney Island on Sept. 8, 1946.
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Beachgoers crowd the boardwalk of Coney Island on Sept. 8, 1946.

A park department attendant (left) holds up a crying child at the lost childrens office on June 9, 1941. A time-lapse picture (right) shows an illuminated Ferris wheel in August. 1949.
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A park department attendant (left) holds up a crying child at the lost childrens office on June 9, 1941. A time-lapse picture (right) shows an illuminated Ferris wheel in August. 1949.

Three people sleep in the sand overnight due to a heat wave in New York City, 1955.
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Three people sleep in the sand overnight due to a heat wave in New York City, 1955.


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