The Vertigo roller-coaster at Glen Echo, Maryland 1916.
Amusement park fun from a time when life was simpler
and life was evidently cheap.

As you and the kids prepare for your summer trip to your chosen destination for thrill rides, sunburn, and excessive amounts of corn dogs, now might be a good time to remember when your grand-parents and great-grand-parents set out to do much the same.

A good place to start is over at BuzzFeed, where you can view photos of 17 Vintage Thrill Rides of Questionable Safety. These very cool photos will allow you to enjoy the attractions of turn-of-the-last-century amusement parks without the nausea, splinters, or occasional loss of a limb.

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