A Group Photo At Playland In The 1920’s
From The Rockaway Museum
by Emil Lucev, Curator
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
During the old days, when Rockaway’s Playland was in full swing, singles, couples or groups could have their picture taken in one of the many souvenir photo studios in and around the old amusement park.
Sitting behind the boat photo prop are, from left to right: William F. Brunner, Sr., Tess Brunner, Charley Farrell, Jo Farrell and five unidentified persons. The Brunners were a pioneer family in the Rockaways and operated a hotel and bakery on the boulevard near Playland. Most old-timers remember Bill Brunner, as he was popularly known, as Congressman Bill Brunner, who did a lot for the Rockaways during his years in Congress.
Congressman Brunner introduced the bill that finally repealed the old Volstead Act, which began the fourteen years of prohibition (1919 to 1933) and dried up the country of alcoholic beverages, causing bootlegging of liquor and beer, illegal stills, rum running and the crime that came with such operations.