Wednesday, July 16, 2008

coney, the beginning

Briefly put, this diagram from 1885 is where my obsession with Coney Island and elephants began:

The idea that someone would build a hotel in the shape of an elephant blew my mind. A brief intimation I later found—and hopefully will be able to dig up in more detail for the Topsy blog—suggested that "going to see the Elephant" was a euphemism for salacious fun. Then again, Coney continues to be a struggling example of salacious fun.

(Image from the New York Public Library.)