2013-08-23 / Top Stories

Preserving Playland

By Dan Guarino


Susan Locke, publisher of the Wave, and The Rollicking Rockaway’s Audrey Mattio pose with a collection of Rockaway’s Playland memorabilia. Photo by Dan Guarino. Susan Locke, publisher of the Wave, and The Rollicking Rockaway’s Audrey Mattio pose with a collection of Rockaway’s Playland memorabilia. Photo by Dan Guarino. Wave Publisher and The Rockaway Museum Director Susan Locke, and Audrey Mattio of the Rollicking Rockaways, hold a piece of Rockaway’s past.

Mattio is currently cataloguing posters, signs, bumper stickers and other interesting and unusual Rockaway Playland memorabilia in The Rockaway Museum’s collection. Although much was lost when Hurricane Sandy poured through the ground floor of The Wave building on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 88th Street, many items were salvaged and moved to the second floor.

Mattio’s group the Rollicking Rockaways is planning an exhibition on the long gone amusement parks of Rockaway, from the original Thompson’s Park to Rockaways’ Playland.

The historical and fun showcase will be on view in September at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club on Beach 87th Street. Exact dates will be announced.

The Rollicking Rockaways now runs the “Smallest Carnival On Earth” at 151 Beach 91st Street from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and random Sundays.

“We are looking for old photographs, post cards, old tokens and tickets,” Mattio said, “along with any other memorabilia items (people) might have.”

“We would also love to hear your stories,” she said. “Please note we do not want to keep any material and that it will all be returned to you right after the exhibition.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to the exhibition can contact Mattio at 718-308- 7641 or audreymattio@gmail.com.

So saving all those Skee Ball tickets was a good idea after all.

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