Dreamland, Coney Island, 1904 – 1911
Dreamland, which opened in 1904, was an amusement park of rides, educational exhibitions and freak shows. There was a railroad through an alpine landscape, Venetian canals with gondolas, a Lilliputian village with 300 dwarf residents, a display of incubators complete with premature babies (incubators were not approved at that time for use in hospitals), and other attractions. A fire destroyed the complex in 1911. An early report claimed the incubator babies had perished, but this proved to be false and a later correction indicated that brave firemen had saved them all.
There is a world beneath and behind what you see. Not a dreamscape perhaps, not exactly, but another landscape of lines of code that create what you see. Worked hard last night to clean up that other world, tidy it up, scrub it, scan it, can you tell? Do you see the difference? 100 pages now of blog, of 1904, of everything important, of what was then, now. Now and then.
The older entries have lost some of their formatting, images are missing like a tooth gone here and there, or a digit; the font and spacing are off, sign of rickets incurred during a long voyage of migration, a deficiency of some sort, internal decay, a coding translation disorder, I like that. Something archaeological and historical about it. What remains of meaning that once was.
The Daily Mail is reporting the discovery of hidden tunnels and canals and random golden orbs beneath the temple of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan, Mexico. What mysteries lie beneath. What we don’t know, didn’t pay attention to, used to know and have forgotten.
Elvia Allman (September 19, 1904 – March 6, 1992) was a character and voice-over actress who appeared on Petticoat Junction, the Beverly Hillbillies, the I Love Lucy show, and as the voice of Clarabelle Cow. Life is what you’re doing. Dreams, and careers, big and small, memorable and forgotten, what was planned and intended and saved and rescued, and what, if anything, was left behind.