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The Moon for a Plaything: Fred Thompson's Apprenticeship in Play, 1873–1901

Woody Register

in The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167320
eISBN:
9780199849710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167320.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Thompson was born on Halloween in 1873. He was not born to a world of leisure or play; in fact the opposite. He came of age in steel towns from western Pennsylvania to St. Louis, and the expectation ... More


New York's Gigantic Toy: The Hippodrome, 1902–6

Woody Register

in The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167320
eISBN:
9780199849710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167320.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The Hippodrome was the largest theater in the world when it opened in 1905 on a block-long stretch of Sixth Avenue between Forty-third and Forty-fourth Streets in Manhattan. It was ideally suited to ... More


Life Is Only a Merry-Go-Round: Luna Park, 1903–13

Woody Register

in The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167320
eISBN:
9780199849710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167320.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Throughout his eleven seasons at Luna Park, the image of Fred Thompson as the fun-loving boy-capitalist on a spree was as much a feature of the park as its exaggerated “Oriental” architecture or the ... More


Millionaires and Monsters: Melodramas of Consumption, 1906–12

Woody Register

in The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167320
eISBN:
9780199849710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167320.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Thompson brought plays to Broadway after 1906 that were dramatic adaptations of Luna Park attractions and operated on his amusement credo that thrills “must get quicker and steeper and more joyously ... More


We're Playing Games: The Toylands of Peter Pan Culture, 1912–30

Woody Register

in The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167320
eISBN:
9780199849710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167320.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

On 13 October 1913, Fred Thompson summoned a crowd of children to a construction site on San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to consecrate the beginning of Toyland Grown Up, a fourteen-acre amusement ... More


The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements

Woody Register

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167320
eISBN:
9780199849710
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167320.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

A generation before Walt Disney, Fred Thompson was the “boy-wonder” of American popular amusements. At the turn of the 20th century, Thompson's entrepreneurial drive made him into an entertainment ... More


Uncle Sam's a Boy at Play

Woody Register

in The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167320
eISBN:
9780199849710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167320.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Fred Thompson's determination to encourage visions of surplus and luxury placed him at the center of the development of early-20th-century consumer capitalism. Between 1890 and 1930, Americans laid ... More


A Kindergarten Preacher in Toys

Woody Register

in The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167320
eISBN:
9780199849710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167320.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Fred Thompson died early on 6 June 1919 at St. Vincent's Hospital, New York, following an operation for a range of physical disorders involving gallstones, appendicitis, and hernia. He was buried ... More


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