In 1916, the same year that Nathan's Famous hot dog stand opened on Coney Island, we published an overview of park's most popular attractions.
"Some of the most successful devices are based on the natural aptitude of many of our supposedly sophisticated city folk to look and act foolish," we wrote. "Others, designed generally for the younger folk, give a real physical thrill, a 'shoot the chute' or near smash-up. Still others are designed to suit the more sober folk, and though thrilling enough for colder temperaments, do not contain that element of apparent danger so delightful to the younger generation."
The Aerial Night Attack, pictured on the left, was perfect for people who fell into the latter category.. All they needed to do was sit back and watch miniature zeppelins bombard a helpless seaport town. Meanwhile, thrill-seekers could hop on the Auto Maze, which mimicked the experience of reckless driving without the consequence of a car crash.
Read the full story in Mechanical Joys of Coney Island