TRIP TO THE MOON.
A group of items related to "A Trip to the Moon," the amusement park ride created by Frederic Thompson and Elmer "Skip" Dundy, c.1901-1903, comprising: (from the Pan-American Exposition of 1901, Buffalo, NY) souvenir aluminum pin of the Airship Luna, made by the Heintz Brothers of Buffalo, on original display card; admission tag; original folding promotional card, 140 x 97 mm unfolded (2 copies); brochure, folded in four, 160 x 121 mm folded; glass plate negative by Charles D. Arnold, official photographer of the Pan-American Exposition, depicting "A Trip To the Moon" from the vantage point of one of the canals from Venice in America, 121 x 127 mm; (from Luna Park, Coney Island) 2 chromolithographed postcards, 1904 and 1907; cyanotype postcard, c.1907; glazed porcelain souvenir shoe, Germany, c.1905, approximately 108 mm high.
The ride was originally designed by Thompson for the Pan-American Exposition of 1901 in Buffalo, New York. After the exposition, he and his partner Skip Dundy brought the attraction to Brooklyn, NY, where it formed the anchor of their newly-opened Luna Park in 1903. Visitors traveled on aboard the airship-ornithopter Luna (which lent its name to Luna Park) through a tunnel with steadily shrinking views of Earth, before leaving the craft to walk around a cavernous papier-mâché lunar surface peopled by costumed characters playing Selenites.
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