Browse Items (26 total)

  • Subject contains "Pleasure Island (Wakefield, Mass.)"

mld17_july.jpg
Date: 06-22-1962
Description: "'Teenage idol' Ricky Nelson was just 22 years old when he made his first New England appearance at Pleasure Island when it opened its fourth season on Friday, June 22, 1962. According to regional…[More]

mld18_july.jpg
Date: ca. 1959
Description: In the early 1950s, the late Wiliam S. Hawkes, publisher of Childlife Magazine, envisioned creating a family recreation center to be named Childlife World, similar to the Mother Goose parks throughout…[More]

mld14_november.jpg
Date: 1961
Description: "When Pleasure Island opened in June 1959, the main venue for entertainment was the Pepsi-sponsored Diamond Lil' Saloon. When new owners took over the park in 1960 and Pepsi opted out of its…[More]

mld14_march.jpg
Date: 05-23-1959
Description: "This photo is from a series of photos taken by Bourdon Studios as part of a Pleasure Island pre-opening publicity campaign in the town's 'business district'. Note the street light, along with the…[More]

MLD0698.jpg
Creator: Byrnes, Susan Miranda
Date: ca. 1959
Description: "Pleasure Island, 'New England's biggest family amusement center" opened on June 22, 1959. The 80-acre site was located off Route 128, adjacent to what is now Audubon Road (formerly Pleasure Island…[More]

mld09_june.jpg
Date: 1959
Description: "This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Pleasure Island. In this picture, a pirate boat heads toward Pirate's Cove, complete with its tree house, fort and pirate, as the Pleasure…[More]

mld88_july-1.jpg
Description: "Dubbed by its owners in the late 1950s as the 'Disneyland of the East Coast', Pleasure Island was a fantasyland for children of all ages. Although it was in operation for less than a decade,…[More]

mld10_june.jpg
Date: 1959
Description: "The Diamond Lil Saloon, located in the Western section of Pleasure Island, was the first building to be constructed in the park and was built as 'an exact replica of the old western style…[More]

mld05_june.jpg
Date: 1959
Description: "Among the first sights to see at Pleasure Island was Clipper Cove, a reproduction of a 150-year old New England fishing village, the place from which visitors reached two of the park's most popular…[More]

Creator: St. Louis, John
Date: 07-02-1961
Description: Pauline Sheehan (35) holding son Keith (5 1/2 mos.)
Pleasure Island Amusement Park, Wakefield, MA, July 2, 1961

walsh_postcard176.jpg
Date: [1960-1969?]
Description: Published for Breck's of Boston.;"Exit 21-A on Route 128, Wakefield, Mass." -- Text from back of postcard.
Collection: Wakefield Postcards

walsh_postcard175.jpg
Date: [1960-1969?]
Description: Published for Breck's of Boston.;"Exit 21-A on Route 128, Wakefield, Mass." -- Text from back of postcard.
Collection: Wakefield Postcards

walsh_postcard174.jpg
Date: [1960-1969?]
Description: Published for Breck's of Boston.;"Exit 21-A on Route 128, Wakefield, Mass." -- Text from back of postcard.
Collection: Wakefield Postcards

walsh_postcard173.jpg
Date: [1960-1969?]
Description: Published for Breck's of Boston.;"Exit 21-A on Route 128, Wakefield, Mass." -- Text from back of postcard.
Collection: Wakefield Postcards

postcard29.jpg
Date: [1950-1959?]
Description: "On every trip of the Pleasure Island and Western Railroad, attempts are made by armed bandits to board the train to rob passengers and the conductor. They never succeed because the trusty sheriff…[More]
Collection: Wakefield Postcards

pleasureislandwesterncity.jpg
Date: [1950-1959?]
Description: "A rustic section at Pleasure Island traces the western movement of early New Englanders. Gun fights are frequent. Stage coaches, covered wagons, buckboards, surreys and a live steam railroad carry…[More]
Collection: Wakefield Postcards

pleasureislandstore.jpg
Date: [1950-1959?]
Description: "Breck's old country store charms thousands of visitors yearly-with its incredible collection of merchandise from an age long lost. Even a cracker barrel and checker board are available to youngsters.…[More]
Collection: Wakefield Postcards