Ontario Beach Park – #21

In early 1907 the Park constructed a solid board fence around the Park so that people couldn’t see the outdoor vaudeville shows without paying admission.

The first band of the season was Rosanti’s Famous Naval Reserve Band. Then for two weeks was the Navassar Band,  a 50 piece group of lady musicians. The picture of the band is from a park in Pennsylvania in 1907. In mid July was Fay’s Providence Band. Early August had  the 65th Regiment Band  from Buffalo and the season ended with opening band, Rosanti’s Famous Naval Reserve Band.

In early June, Bostock’s Wild Animals are in Auditorium. The director of the show Frank C. Bostock had been at the Park in 1902. As part of the show, advertising said that the chief animal trainer would attempt to conquer “Moki,” the man-eating tiger who tore the thigh of Poluski about 10 days ago. The picture shows a large crowd out in front of the Auditorium.

On the outside stage in mid June was a trio of tight wire artists, the Ernesto Sisters, called “Europe’s Greatest Artists.” Also Silvern and Emerie, a duo of pretty girls that are a novelty aerial and trapeze act.

The next week saw “Dare Devil Dash,” a cyclist who comes off a 75 ft. tower and then flies 60 feet in the air and splashes into a tank of water 4 feet deep. That same week was The Bonizettis who are gymnasts that appear in full dress suits while doing feats of agility and strength. Only barely mentioned in the newspapers is Madame Bergerat who did a double somersault automobile act.

In mid July was Oscar V. Babcock doing his “Death Trap Loop.” It was a bicycle act in which he went through a loop that had a moving section at the bottom. I wrote a whole post on Oscar in 2016 as he continued doing this act until at least 1935.

The week of July 29th had The Three Ernesto Sisters, tight wire artists and The Eight Picchianis,” world’s greatest acrobats.” Then the next week Sho Kishizuma Imperial Japanese Troupe came and did their acrobatics.

In mid August appearing were the Bellatzer Sisters; gymnasts of flying rings and Nelson described as the “The Monarch of the Air” of the high wire.

The open stage seemed to be a great place for acrobats, high wire walkers and trapeze acts.

Ontario Beach Park – #20

Before the Park opened in 1907 a change was made by the NY Central Railroad. They removed the loop that was inside the Park. Instead they built a large terminal platform just to the south of Beach Avenue.

It is the second year of the new owners of the Park and they are adding many new features. First thing that you would notice is the large new entrance that was designed by architect Herbert L. Messmore. It was said to blend Egyptian and Moorish styles.

Another new large attraction was Fighting the Flames that was on the western part of the Park. It was an attraction that had been popular at two parks on Coney Island. In fact, there is this old movie on You Tube of part of the show at Luna Park (Coney Island). It was a demonstration of “modern” fire fighting. In the old postcard view you can see they are dropping a person from the.burning building. It is probably a dummy. There were grandstands built so that people could watch the show.

The old Foolish House on the eastern part of the Park was completely remodeled to look like a stack of bricks and renamed The House that Jack Built. It appears to be some kind of fun house. Next to Jack… is another small building called the Temple of Mysteries. That has reproductions of sacred scenes such as “The Finding of Moses,” the “Sight of the Promised Land” and “Pygmalion and Galatea” (which had a statue that came to life).

Other new minor attractions are: “Dante’s Inferno,” “Spook Room,” “Katzanjammer Castle,” “Cave of the Winds”, and the “Magnetic Chamber” in which people are drawn together. The Trip to the North Pole attraction had some Eskimos that showed how they lived in upper Canada. From later descriptions of this attraction, it appears that they were at the Park for only part of the season.

In April of 1907 there were Japanese workers building a Japanese Village and tea garden. It would prove to be very popular with the Rochester audience.

Venetian Waterways appears to have replaced The Old Mill water attraction from the previous year. It has gondolas traveling through a building while guitar and mandolin music are playing in background.

The Scenic Railway has been extended 700 feet and now includes a tunnel. The cost of that renovation was $45,000.

All these new attractions drew 15,000 people to the Park on April 27th before the Park was officially opened for the season.

Next: Bands and vaudeville acts in 1907.



Another Kodak Employee Magazine

I recently uploaded the Sept. 1926 issue of The Kodak Magazine. This issue has a few pictures of employee picnics. The picture on right is the picnic of the “Stock Record” department (whatever that was).

Kodak had magazines and newsletters for employees for over 100 years. The earliest was Kodak Park Bulletin which was published from 1898 to May 1920.  I have 13 issues linked to on my Kodak publication page. The Rochester Public Library has issues from Jan. 1917 to May 1920. The library at George Eastman House has random issues from Jan. 1914 to May 1920.

Then there was Camera Works Bulletin that was published from 1910 to May 1920. I only have three issues online. Rochester Public Library only has two issues. The George Eastman House has issues from May 1914 to May 1920.

Those two separate magazines were combined and starting in June 1920 there was published The Kodak Magazine that continued until mid 1944. I have scanned many of those magazines. Kodak gave their collection of this magazine to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Department of the Rush Rhees Library at U. of R. They have almost all of those magazines. Rochester Public Library seems to only have the first four years.

Then came the newspaper that many people in this are are familiar with; Kodakery. I have scanned a good size collection of these mostly from the 1940s. Rochester Public library appears to have the entire run of the newspaper from mid 1943 to Dec. 2005. The collection of Kodakery originally in the Kodak library also went to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Department. I can’t determine how many issues that they have.

These magazines and newspapers were for US employees. There are other items for Canadian employees.