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Series III: Personal Papers and Ephemera, 1870-2000 undated

This series contains the personal papers, research files, and collected ephemera of Frederick Fried, all of which relates to his personal interest in the history of the amusements industry and Coney Island (Brooklyn, New York). Much of this material originally belonged to William F. Mangels and was subsequently purchased by Fried in 1955. Items include clippings, photographs, manuscripts, research files, correspondence, deeds of sale, business records, official reports, postcards, ticket stubs, and other ephemera. Researchers are advised that this series maintains its original order and related items may be founded in multiple boxes, folders, and volumes.

Subseries III.1: Coney Island History Papers, 1870-2000 undated

This series contains the personal papers, research files, photographs, and collected ephemera of Frederick Fried, all of which relates to his personal interest in the history of the amusements industry and Coney Island (Brooklyn, New York). Much of this material originally belonged to William F. Mangels and was subsequently purchased by Fried in 1955. Items of especial interest include the typed manuscript and research files compiled by William F. Mangels for his book, The Outdoor Amusement Industry from Earliest Times to the Present (1952); a manuscript of “A New Era for Coney Island” by William F. Mangels; and newspaper clippings, research files, and notes by Mangels for an unpublished history of Coney Island. This series also includes business records for the W.F. Mangels Company, including catalogs and stock certificates. Other material consists of William F. Mangels’ personal seasonal passes to Palisades Amusement Park (Fort Lee, New Jersey) and other amusement parks, and, in addition, a guest book from the American Museum of Public Recreation for the years 1939-1940 with celebrity autographs from Greta Garbo, Reginald Marsh, Orson Welles, and other luminaries. This series also contains a small, discrete collection of photographs of pleasure railroads and other rides manufactured by the L.A. Thompson Scenic Railway Company, as well as photographic portraits of individuals from Coney Island’s amusements industry, such as members of the Thompson and Tilyou families, Samuel W. Gumpertz, and others. This series also contains correspondence, receipts, and other materials that detail the closing of Coney Island landmarks and Frederick Fried’s subsequent acquisition of artifacts and ephemera. Examples include receipts from the Tilyou Realty Company, a letter of authorization from Fred C. Trump, and a copy of the terms of sale of Feltman’s of Coney Island, Incorporated. Lastly, researchers may also wish to consult Frederick Fried’s “Coney Island Archive” collection report, which offers a comprehensive, descriptive inventory of each item in Frederick Fried’s original collection of artifacts, photographs, and ephemera, as well as information about the provenance of select material—a remarkable resource.

“Historical Review of Outdoor Amusement Industry” by William F. Mangels, 1952

Box 12
Folder 1-2

Cover and typed manuscript of William F. Mangels, The Outdoor Amusement Industry from Earliest Times to the Present (New York: Vantage Press, 1952)

Correspondence and Research Files
Letter from Lawrence Heyl, Jr. to Frederick Fried, undated
Box 12
Folder 3
William F. Mangels research correspondence, 1921-1943 undated
Box 12
Folder 3
Research notes regarding Thompson, Frederick, undated
Box 12
Folder 3
“Coney Island in the Nineties” by William F. Mangels, undated
Box 12
Folder 3
Feltman’s Coney Island clipping file, 1914-1915 undated
Box 12
Folder 4

(Clippings from various New York and Brooklyn newspapers regarding the establishment Feltman’s Coney Island (Brooklyn, New York), unbound from an unknown volume.)

“The Carousels of Coney Island” by Roland Summit, 1970
Box 12
Folder 5
H. Takemura & Company calendar, 1939
Box 12
Folder 6
Photographs and clippings, undated
Box 12
Folder 6
Correspondence regarding the Tilyou family, 1978
Box 12
Folder 6
Hand-and typewritten notes, undated
Box 12
Folder 6
Manuscript of “A New Era for Coney Island” by William F. Mangels, undated
Box 12
Folder 6
William F. Mangels Papers, 1908-1955 undated
Photograph of the interior of main pavilion, Centennial Exhibition
Box 12
Folder 7
Correspondence with Leonard Schloss, 1939
Box 12
Folder 7

(subjects include Frederick W. Pearce & Company, Inc., Glen Echo Park, and Gumpertz, Samuel W.)

Testimony of Charles N. Brewster regarding the valuation of the W.F. Mangels Company, 1908
Box 12
Folder 7
Photographic prints of design drawings by William F. Mangels, undated
Box 12
Folder 7

(subjects include the cake walk, funny stairs, the "Galloping Horse Carousell," Hoopla, and roller coaster cars)

Typewritten labels of the “portrait gallery” and other exhibits on display in the American Museum of Public Recreation (Brooklyn, New York), undated
Box 12
Folder 7
Certificate of corporate banking resolutions and bank account agreement, W.F. Mangels Company, 1955
Box 12
Folder 7
Publications and catalogs, 1914-1932 undated
Box 12
Folder 7

(includes catalogs and product specifications issued by the W.F. Mangels Company)

Postcards, undated
Box 12
Folder 7
Printed scan of W.F. Mangels design for mini-rail, undated
Box 12
Folder 7
Empty envelope from William T. Hurley addressed to W.F. Mangels, 1949
Box 12
Folder 7
Stock certificates for the W.F. Mangels Company (seven items), 1908
Box 12
Folder 8
Stock certificate for Coney Island Carnival Company, 1919
Box 12
Folder 8
Brooklyn Municipal Documents, 1911-1912
Box 12
Folder 9
Frederick Fried and Estate of Frederick Fried papers, 1952-2000
Lending agreement between the Estate of Frederick Fried (Rachel Fried), Michael Immerso, and Patricia Semmel, 2000
Box 12
Folder 10
Receipts of purchase between Frederick Fried and Steeplechase Park/Tilyou Realty Company, 1965-1966
Box 12
Folder 10
Written authorization from Fred C. Trump, 1966
Box 12
Folder 10
Terms of sale, Feltman’s of Coney Island, Incorporated, 1952
Box 12
Folder 10
Engraving, “La Maisson,” undated
Box 12
Folder 10
Real estate survey of parcels in Coney Island, 1965
Box 12
Folder 10
Department of Parks, City of New York; The Improvement of Coney Island, Rockaway, and South Beaches (City of New York: New York: 1937)
Box 12
Folder 10
Ephemera, 1881-1964 undated
Two business cards for Melville Langhans, undated

Box 13
Folder 1
Tickets and passes, 1893-1964 undated
12-ticket pass to Steeplechase Park (Coney Island, Brooklyn), undated
Box 13
Folder 1
William F. Mangels’ season passes for Schenck Brothers Palisades Amusement Park (Fort Lee, New Jersey), 1912 1917 1919-1924 1931 1938
Box 13
Folder 1
Frederick Fried’s press pass for Astroland, 1964
Box 13
Folder 1
Season passes for Dreamland Park (Coney Island, Brooklyn), 1929-1930
Box 13
Folder 1
Ticket to the Gravesend Hook and Ladder Company social (Gravesend, Long Island), 1893
Box 13
Folder 1
Two photographic prints labeled “Roi du Rome” and “Princesses de Galles”, undated
Box 13
Folder 1
One photographic print of a rowboat in an unidentified location, undated
Box 13
Folder 1
Postcards depicting Auburn, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; Ticonderoga, New York; and Youngstown, Ohio, 1907-1927
Box 13
Folder 1
Photographic postcard of “Fighting Flames” amusement at Dreamland (Coney Island, Brooklyn), undated
Box 13
Folder 1
Photographic postcard of the entrance to Dreamland (Coney Island, Brooklyn), undated
Box 13
Folder 2
Clipping of “Milch [sic] Cows” pasted to board, undated
Box 13
Folder 2
Pamphlets, Brochures and Programs, 1881-1907 undated
Pamphlet, Souvenir of Thompson’s Patent Scenic Rail Road Midwinter Fair (San Francisco, California), undated [water damaged, half of back cover missing]
Box 13
Folder 2
Louis Glaser’s Souvenir Album of Coney Island(New York: Wittemann Brothers, 1881) [pages detached]
Box 13
Folder 2
Annual report booklet, L.A. Thompson Scenic Railway Company of New York, 1902
Box 13
Folder 2
Coney Island and Brooklyn, New York, Illustrated, undated [circa 1905 ?]
Box 13
Folder 2
Official program, Coney Island Jockey Club, 1899
Box 13
Folder 2
Official program, Brooklyn Jockey Club, September 17, 1907
Box 13
Folder 2
Official program, Brooklyn Jockey Club, September 24, 1907
Box 13
Folder 2
Official program, Metropolitan Jockey Club, October 22, 1907
Box 13
Folder 2
Advertisements and miscellaneous, 1879-1905 undated
Chromolithograph flyer, Beautiful Steeplechase Island (Bridgeport, Connecticut), 1905
Box 13
Folder 3
Frash & Company’s champagne pavilion (West Brighton Beach, New York), 1879
Box 13
Folder 3
Book cover for Hildegarde Hoyt Swift’sNorth Star Shining:A Pictorial History of the American Negro, illustrated by Lyn Ward, undated
Box 13
Folder 3
Two empty envelopes addressed to William F. Mangels and Frederick Fried
Box 13
Folder 3
Advertisements and miscellaneous, 1879-1905 undated
Chromolithograph flyer, Beautiful Steeplechase Island (Bridgeport, Connecticut), 1905
Box 13
Folder 3
Frash & Company’s champagne pavilion (West Brighton Beach, New York), 1879
Box 13
Folder 3
Book cover for Hildegarde Hoyt Swift’sNorth Star Shining:A Pictorial History of the American Negro, illustrated by Lyn Ward, undated
Box 13
Folder 3
Two empty envelopes addressed to William F. Mangels and Frederick Fried
Box 13
Folder 3
Sales correspondence regarding Columbia Gardens Amusement Park (Butte, Montana), 1915-1930
Box 13
Folder 5
Visual material file, 1903-1975 undated
Photographic negative of Feltman’s carousel dismantled, 1966
Box 13
Folder 6
Aerial photograph of Coney Island, 1903
Box 13
Folder 6
Envelope labeled “Mr. Mangels’ picture of building design,” undated [empty]
Box 13
Folder 6
Design for a mechanical horse, ink on paper, undated
Box 13
Folder 6
Photograph of Ocean Parkway Baths, undated
Box 13
Folder 6
Photograph of bathing pavilion, exterior, undated
Box 13
Folder 6
Photograph of swing ride [“from William F. Mangels’ files,”] undated
Box 13
Folder 6
Four photographs of a Mangels/Illions carousel owned by Carol and Harry Koch, King Reid Shows (Essex Junction, Vermont), 1975
Box 13
Folder 6
Photograph of cake presented to Borough President Riegelman in honor of the first anniversary of the boardwalk, 1924
Box 13
Folder 6
Photograph of the entrance to Steeplechase Park, undated
Box 13
Folder 6
Photographs and clippings of individuals:
Box 13
Folder 6
Gabriel, Carl, undated
Box 13
Folder 6
Haase, Hugo, undated
Box 13
Folder 6
Kennedy, W.T., undated
Box 13
Folder 6
Mangels, William F., undated
Box 13
Folder 6
Ruprecht, Joseph, undated
Box 13
Folder 6
Thompson, Frederick W., undated
Box 13
Folder 6
Booman, H., undated
Box 13
Folder 7
“Bradwell,” undated
Box 13
Folder 7
Brewster, James W., 1914
Box 13
Folder 7
Browning, Charles, undated
Box 13
Folder 7
“Cagney,” undated
Box 13
Folder 7
Custer, L. Luzerne, 1934
Box 13
Folder 7
Earisher, Frederick, undated
Box 13
Folder 7
Hagenhech, Carl, undated
Box 13
Folder 7
Humphrey, D.S., undated
Box 13
Folder 7
Maxim, Hiram, undated
Box 13
Folder 7
Peterson, William J., undated
Box 13
Folder 7
Stock, John J., undated
Box 13
Folder 7
Strickler, William H., 1930
Box 13
Folder 7
Thompson, Frederick W., undated
Box 13
Folder 7
Tilyou, Edward C., undated
Box 13
Folder 7
Van Kannel, Theophilius, undated
Box 13
Folder 7
Gumpertz, S.W.
Box 13
Folder 8
Reynold, H.
Box 13
Folder 8
Unidentified man, undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Coney Island, general view with observation tower, undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Dreamland, undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Feltman’s Garden (Coney Island, Brooklyn), undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Glaciers, The, undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Shoot-the-Chutes, Sea Lion Park (Coney Island, Brooklyn), 1897 [copy print]
Box 13
Folder 8
Steeplechase Park (Coney Island), carved lions in situ, undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Material related to the L.A. Thompson Scenic Railway Company:
“Columbus” amusement, undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Delano Gardens, projected view (Saint Louis, Missouri), 1902
Box 13
Folder 8
Flying Dip Scenic Railway (Venice, California), undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Idora Park (Oakland, California), undated
Box 13
Folder 8
L.A. Thompson Racer (Atlantic City, New Jersey), 1916
Box 13
Folder 8
Over the Rockies (Providence, Rhode Island), 1908
Box 13
Folder 8
Pike’s Peak Railway and Rapids (Coney Island, Brooklyn), 1903
Box 13
Folder 8
“Razzle-Dazzle, The,” by H.M. Pettit, 1908
Box 13
Folder 8
Scenic Railway, (Santa Cruz, California), undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Scenic Railway (Seattle, Washington), 1909
Box 13
Folder 8
Shoot-the-Chutes in Fairyland, undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Tacoma Exposition (Tacoma, Washington), undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Thompson Park (Rockaway Beach) undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Unidentified pavilion, undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Unidentified ride, (Venice, California), undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Unidentified ride, “Woodside,” 1912 undated
Box 13
Folder 8
Unidentified park (possible English), undated [in two pieces, affixed to L.A. Thompson letterhead]
Box 13
Folder 8
Guest book, American Museum of Public Recreation, 1939-1940
Box 13
Folder 9

(Includes celebrity autographs from Great Garbo, Heddy Lamar, Reginald Marsh, Orson, Welles, and other luminaries)

Frederick Fried’s “Coney Island Archive” collection report, 1972-1993 undated
Box 13
Folder 10

(The report offers a comprehensive, descriptive inventory of each item in Frederick Fried’s original collection of architectural salvage, artifacts, advertising, photographs, postcards, and ephemera, as well as information about the provenance and history of select material. In 1993 Fried updated the inventory in pencil after a fire destroyed the Vermont barn that housed many of the collection’s large artifacts and sculpture. The volume also includes Fried’s typed and handwritten notes regarding the history of Coney Island’s various attractions.)

Negatives and Transparencies, circa 1964 undated
Photographs of Hiram Maxim and Theophilius Van Kannell, undated (Photographic prints in Box 13, Folder 7) [Materials smell slightly of vinegar syndrome]
Box 13
Folder 11
Painting of Steeplechase Park at the Museum of the City of New York, undated
Box 13
Folder 11
Carousel sleigh, undated
Box 13
Folder 11
Demolition of Steeplechase Park, circa 1964 undated
Box 13
Folder 11

Subseries III.2: Oversized Volumes, 1880-1976 undated

This subseries contains items collected by Frederick Fried related to his personal interest in the history of the amusements industry and Coney Island (Brooklyn, New York). Much of this material originally belonged to William F. Mangels and was subsequently purchased by Fried in 1955. Among the items in this subseries are several volumes associated with the W.F. Mangels Company, including a minute book (1908-1959) with certificates of incorporation, company bylaws, and minutes for meetings of the board of directors. Of special note to researchers interested in carousel manufacture and design will be the company’s ledger book, which contains a detailed record of the firm’s client and sales for the period 1908-1915. In addition, five volumes of scrapbooks compiled by Mangels collect articles, clippings, and other ephemera that richly detail the biographies of Coney Island personalities, the history of the amusements industry in Brooklyn, and the programming and collection of the American Museum of Public Recreation. Lastly, this series also contains a scrapbook of material collected by Frederick Fried about Steeplechase Park.

Steeplechase Park Scrapbook, 1973-1976 undated

Box 14
Folder 1

(Scrapbook containing clippings, correspondence, photographs, and pricing information for party rentals at Steeplechase Park, Coney Island. Item is covered in faux alligator skin and has an attached metal fob decorated with a crest and the words “Coney Island.”)

Minute Book, W.F.Mangels Company, 1908-1959
Box 14
Folder 2

(Contains certificates of incorporation, company bylaws, and minutes for meetings of the board of directors for the W.F. Mangels Company.)

Ledger Book, W.F. Mangels and Company, 1908-1916

Box 15

(Contains a detailed record of the firm’s clients and sales for the dates 1908-1916 inclusive.)

William F. Mangels scrapbooks
Volume 1, Correspondence and clippings, 1880-1965 undated

Box 28
[Unidentified volume], Correspondence book, 1934-1950 undated
Box 28
[Unidentified volume], Coney Island scrapbook, 1886-1941 undated

Box 29
“Coney Island Clippings, New and Old,” 1908-1943 undated
Box 29
“Coney Island, Mangel’s [sic] Museum Publicity,” 1884-1939 undated.
Box 29

( In addition to newspaper and publicity clippings, photographs, and other ephemera, this volume includes one folder of historic maps of Coney Island and Gravesend Bay, as well as two renderings of architectural designs for the American Museum of Public Recreation by architects Peter F. Meyer and Edward Schoeppe, undated. )

Subseries III.3: Sheet Music and Miscellaneous Ephemera, 1896-1935 undated

This subseries contains items collected by Frederick Fried related to his personal interest in the history of the amusements industry and Coney Island (Brooklyn, New York). This subseries contains sheet music and sheet music covers for songs whose titles or lyrics refer to Coney Island subjects, such as amusement rides, amusement parks, the boardwalk, and promenading. The subseries also includes other miscellaneous ephemera collected by Frederick Fried, such as two illustrated magazine covers that depict scenes from Coney Island, advertisements for Thomas Edison’s “Electricity Is Life,” and artwork by an unknown artist that depicts two kneeling couples.

Illustration of two kneeling [matrimonial?] couples, undated

Box 25
Folder 10
Advertisement, Thomas Edison, “Electricity Is Life,” undated
Box 25
Folder 10
Sheet Music
Afloat on a Five Dollar Note (Arthur J. Lamb and J. Fred Helf), 1906
Box 25
Folder 11
Bamboo Slide Characteristic Marchand Two-Step (Fred A. Cruscaden), 1905
Box 25
Folder 11
Bathing Lesson, The (Joseph Hart), 1902
Box 25
Folder 11
Belle of the Beach, The (Kurt P. Hirsekorn), 1903
Box 25
Folder 11
By the Beautiful Sea (Harold R. Atteridge and Harry Carroll), 1914
Box 25
Folder 11
Coney Island, featured in the motion picture Cain and Mabel (Al Dubin and Harry Warren), 1935
Box 25
Folder 11
Coney Island Washboard (Ned Nestor, Claude Shugart; Hampton Durand and Jerry Adams), 1926
Box 25
Folder 11
Dreamland Waltz (Loula A. Gates), 1905
Box 25
Folder 12
Dreamland Waltzes (William Christopher O’Hare), 1909
Box 25
Folder 12
Just Take Me Down to Wonderland MarchSong (Thos. S. Allen), 1907
Box 25
Folder 12
Luna Park March(J.I. Alexander), 1907
Box 25
Folder 12
Luna Pastimes Marchand Two-Step (Manuel Klein), 1906
Box 25
Folder 12
Mariutch Down at Coney Isle (Harry Von Tilzer), 1906
Box 25
Folder 12
Mariutch Down at Coney Isle (Make a Little Hootch-A Ma Kootch) (Andrew B. Sterling and Harry Von Tilzer), 1907
Box 25
Folder 12
Meet Me Down at Coney Island (Frank Rosenberg and Thomas Dinehart), 1910
Box 25
Folder 12
My Little Coney Isle (Andrew B. Sterling and Harry Von Tilzer), 1902
Box 25
Folder 12
My Little Coney Isle (Harry Von Tilzer), 1903
Box 25
Folder 12
New York Cycle MarchTwo-Step (E.T. Paull), 1896
Box 25
Folder 13
On an Island Surrounded by Girls (Jeff Branen and Arthur Lange), 1916
Box 25
Folder 13
On the Boardwalk (Dick Richards and Newton B. Heims), 1912
Box 25
Folder 13
On the Pier at Dreamland (Edgar Malone and Ted S. Barron), 1906
Box 25
Folder 13
Rock-Rock-Rock, Let Me Rock in My Old Rocking Chair (George Spink), 1907
Box 25
Folder 13
Sweetheart Won’t You Come with Me to Dreamland? (Clarence Manning), 1908
Box 25
Folder 13
Take Her Down to Coney Isle and Giver Her the Air (Ed Rose, George Whiting, and Lew Pollack), 1919
Box 25
Folder 13
Take Me Where I Can Shout (Raymond A. Browne and William H. Penn), 1910
Box 25
Folder 13
Vanity Fair Waltz Song (Stella May hew), 1906
Box 25
Folder 13
Where Do We Go from Here (Geo. Whiting and Ted Snyder), 1908
Box 25
Folder 13
Wonderland Waltz Song (Thos. S. Allen), 1906
Box 25
Folder 13
You’re the Best Little Girl in Dreamland (Ed. Gardenier and Sam Goldie), 1904
Box 25
Folder 13
Miscellaneous Covers, 1909-1924 undated
Billboard, The (March20, 1909)
Box 25
Folder 14
Boardwalk Illustrated (Autumn 1924)
Box 25
Folder 14
Thomas A. Edison, Electricity Is Life: Mild Current Good for the Nerves, Cures the Headache, undated
Box 25
Folder 14

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