Photo of the Week: Cyclone

Thrills on the Cyclone, circa 1955, V1973.4.1456.11; Postcard collection, v1973.4; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Thrills on the Cyclone, circa 1955, V1973.4.1456.11; Postcard collection, v1973.4; Brooklyn Historical Society.

The Coney Island Cyclone is 90 years old! The wooden roller coaster opened to the public on June 26, 1927, costing twenty-five cents per ride. The Cyclone was declared a NYC landmark in 1988 and a National Historic Landmark in 1991. The photo of the week depicts the Cyclone around 1955 in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn.

This photograph comes from the Postcard collection consisting of hundreds of postcards depicting landmarks and street scenes throughout Brooklyn. This collection is not digitized, but we would love for you to explore the collection in person by making an appointment at the Othmer Library.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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