Smiley Derleth

Smiley Derleth

Posted on 06/05/2014


Photo taken on June  5, 2014


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Snapped at Beech Bend Park, a small amusement park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, around 1964 or '65.

Park entry was ten cents per person at the time. They had lots of rides, a roller rink, mini-motorbike rentals, and the best Skee Ball in their game/arcade area. (I would bowl for a couple of hours racking up the tickets to be traded in for prizes.)

A really fun park during it's heyday, along the lines of a state fair midway that never closed. We went there every year at the end of my Dad's vacation, usually in August, and we looked forward to it all summer.

Photo credit: Dad.

sea-herdorf, Marie-claire Gallet, Deborah Lundbech, lisabee73 and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


16 comments - The latest ones
Rhisiart Hincks
Rhisiart Hincks
nice rounded design and a good memory
4 years ago.
Smiley Derleth has replied to Rhisiart Hincks
Thank you, Rhisiart.
4 years ago.
Alan Mays
Alan Mays
Definitely a cool photo!
2 years ago.
Smiley Derleth has replied to Alan Mays
I appreciate that, Alan. Thank you.
2 years ago.
Alan Mays
Alan Mays
So nice!
2 years ago.
Smiley Derleth
Smiley Derleth
Thank you. Here is a shot of the same place, with my sis and I in a car...

swerve

Also a Polaroid. :)
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
lisabee73
lisabee73
Great photos and memories, the second picture just has so much happiness and fun.
2 years ago.
Smiley Derleth has replied to lisabee73
Thank you so much, lisabee73. I agree. That picture seems to me to capture a moment of pure fun.
2 years ago.
Alan Mays
Alan Mays
Yes, the second photo is great, too! You and your sister look like you're having a fun time!
2 years ago.
Smiley Derleth has replied to Alan Mays
Thanks very much, Alan! School was probably only a couple of weeks from starting when this was snapped. But all care was a million miles away. :)
2 years ago.
RicksPics
RicksPics
Interesting to see this nicely framed artistic Polaroid shot. I'm so much more accustomed to Polaroids being snap shots of friends and family, like the additional fun shots you added. Good memories.
2 years ago.
Smiley Derleth has replied to RicksPics
Thank you so much, Rick!
2 years ago.
Deborah Lundbech
Deborah Lundbech
Love this! What a great arty shot as well as a fun family remembrance.
I'm sure this was a far better model Polaroid, but I must say, like your Dad, the Polaroid Swinger I got in 8th grade was probably my favorite present of all time. The film cost around $7I think, (the camera was 19.95) and I used a lot of babysitting money to buy the packs. (8 photos in a pack, with that cool pink gel you coated the photos with.
Those were the days.
2 years ago.
Smiley Derleth has replied to Deborah Lundbech
Thank you for the kind words, and thanks for sharing your wonderful reminiscence. The Polaroid was just a fantastic idea.
2 years ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
I have nut jumbed into one of those cars for AGES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
14 months ago.
Smiley Derleth has replied to Marie-claire Gallet
:)) Thank you for your comment, Marie-claire!
14 months ago.