Friday, 22 June 2012

Sepia Saturday 131 - all the fun of the fair

I know I have shared one of these vintage postcards before when I wrote a posting about the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition last year some time, but please excuse me for a degree of repetition as they seem to fit this week's Sepia Saturday theme quite well. They are both vintage postcards of a ride called Flip-Flap which boatsed 150 foot arms topped with carriages, each holding 40 or so people, providing them with spectacular views as far out as Windsor and Crystal Palace.

1908 Franco-British Exhibition, Flip-Flap

1908 Franco-British Exhibition, Flip-Flap

As usual 100's more vintage postcards on my web site

    

10 comments:

  1. Wow, that is cool ... I think that I would have enjoyed that ride. Wonderful postcards!

    Kathy M.

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  2. Kathy can FlipFlap all she wants -- I'll be on the merry-go-round, thank-you. Or maybe trying my hand at throwing rings over bottles in hopes of winning a stuffed animal. Any idea how safe those rides were in 1908? Any disasters associated with that ride?

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  3. At first I thought it was Blackpool and I was having a problem with double vision. I wouldn't get near a ride like this though - I probably would have double vision when it was over.

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  4. I think I might have given that ride a try!

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  5. My stomach would flip and I’d be IN a flap!

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  6. I'd have no stomach for this. Do you have any idea where the Elite Gardens were located?

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  7. I especially like the second postcard. I would enjoy the views, but I am afraid of heights and wouldn't enjoy flipping and flapping.

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  8. Like the postcards and the ride looks fun. Imagine the riders were rewarded with an amazing view when they reached top.

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  9. 1908! I didn't realise that they had such rides back then. I wonder how safe it was?

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  10. I wonder if you have to wear flip flops to ride the flip flap!
    Nancy

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