The problem with being fascinated…

…is that you buy stuff. Now that I finally read that book on Freedomland–the “Disneyland of the East” that lasted for just five seasons on the site in the Bronx where Co-op City stands now–I wanted a piece of it. I found a program they would’ve handed out to guests on Ebay for a reasonable price (well, $30 is reasonable because this stuff is hard to come by). It’s not in the greatest shape, but it’s good enough for me to get a sense of the experience. The descriptions of the attractions are particularly fascinating, as they put the stress on the guest “being there,” in much the same way WDW used to in its earlier ephemera. This dates to 1960.

Freedomland Ephemera

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About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. She has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, served as a co-editor for Read Short Fiction, has judged both writing and grant competitions and co-hosts the Dark Discussions Podcast. Her work Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks; her novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. More info: www.kristipetersenschoonover.com

Posted on January 22, 2017, in Deep Thoughts & Fun Stuff and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow 🙂 Cool! I’d never even heard of this venture!! –Paul

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