#ThursdayDoors to Memory — Places in our Memories, with Judith Barrow

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Pearl, Lulu, Rose, & Bot in "Sideways" Atlantic City, by Teagan R Geneviene
Pearl, Lulu, Rose, & Bot in “Sideways” Atlantic City, by Teagan R Geneviene. The clown’s mouth is actually a doorway!

Earlier this week, author Judith Barrow shared a post she invited me to do for her blog series, “Places in Our Memories.”  Her questions about personal recollections somehow brought to mind old amusement parks. That, of course, made me think of Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure, and the very strange amusement park from the story.  For me, Judith’s series is a door to memory.  So here are some doors related to old amusement parks.

The arched entry to this amusement park tower makes me feel like it could go anywhere, and even the sky is not the limit.

Dreamland Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, 1907. View looing northerly. Wikipedia
The lagoon and tower at Dreamland Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, 1907. View looing northerly. Wikipedia

In the United States, trolley parks, which started in the 19th century, were picnic and recreation areas along or at the ends of streetcar lines in most of the larger cities. These were precursors to amusement parks. Trolley parks were often created by the streetcar companies to give people a reason to use their services on weekends,” Wikipedia. 

Look at all those entrances between columns on the left.  It must have attracted a lot of visitors.

Idora Park Oakland California at the end of the trolley line 1910 Wikipedia
Idora Park, Oakland CA, 1910 Wikipedia

Here’s another creepy clown mouth entrance. The photo is modern, but the Luna Park Melbourne is an historic amusement park located on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It opened on December 13, 1912.

Luna Park in Melbourne Adam JWC at Wikipedia
Luna Park in Melbourne Adam JWC at Wikipedia

Now, if you’ll kindly proceed through the digital door to memory and Judith’s blog at the link below. ↓

There are places that remain in our memories, the details may become slightly blurred, nostalgia may colour our thoughts, but they don’t fade. And how those places made us feel at the time is the one thing that remains. Today I’m really pleased to welcome Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, who is going to tell us about what […]


Places in our Memories: With Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene #MondayBlogs #Memories — Judith Barrow

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Thanks for opening this door.  Now, here’s some shameless self-promotion for Hullaba Lulu. Hugs on the wing!

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Hullaba Lulu cover by Teagan R. Geneviene

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Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure is a wild and wooly 1920s fantasy story.  Lulu, the heroine is inspired by the song, “Don’t Bring Lulu,” from 1925 ― so are her pals, Pearl and Rose.  Lulu loves to dance, and freely indulges in giggle water.  She snores and burps and says whatever she wants.  Lulu is a snarky but good-hearted flapper.  The song’s inspiration stops there, but the story is just beginning.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. It’s hosted by Dan Antion.  Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

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56 thoughts on “#ThursdayDoors to Memory — Places in our Memories, with Judith Barrow

  1. I am always blown away dearest Teagan with your chapters, your books and your brilliant imagination and the amount of things you write… Your Doors are endless leading to many corridors of adventures for all to enjoy…
    Much love your way Teagan.. ❤ Keep Flying HIGH my friend…. Your Wings never tire.. ❤

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        1. Okay… I couldn’t resist any longer. LOL.
          Britannica suggests that it’s a combination of human’s typical reaction to (regular) clown makeup and how it hides true emotion, combined with an iconic 1970 serial killer who worked as a clown.
          But personally, I think it probably goes back a lot farther than that. Clowns being related to harlequins, several centuries ago. The origin of the word harlequin had to do with Hell and a kind of demon.

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  2. I’m not sure I’d want to walk through the clown mouth, but I have wonderful memories from visiting amusement parks, and from reading your serials and novels 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these memories with Thursday Doors.

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  3. A great post for Judy’s blog, and great images here as well. It’s always a joy to see Lulu, and the video is amazing. Oh, yes, amusement parks are very evocative places. Thanks for another great post, Teagan.

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    1. Thanks very much, Olga. Judith’s question caused me to dig into my reaction to amusement parks. Not always when I’m there in person (although sometimes then too), but just in thinking about them, a big part of me feels they’re kind of sinister. It’s just my weirdly twisting brain. 😀 Hugs on the wing.

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          1. There are several lists around, Teagan. I was thinking about Final Destination 3, although I watched recently one called Haunt, which is pretty bizarre. Of course, the classic Freaks (I love that one). And, funnily enough, both, Stephen King has written a story called Joyland set in an amusement park, and his son Joe Hill has published NOS4A2, where an amusement park plays an important role (and there is a TV series based on that one). Oh, Jurassic Park, I guess is also an amusement park of sorts, but with a difference.

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            1. I’d like to look into some of these, Olga. Thanks for all this info. I don’t think I’ve seen/read any of them. I looked up the 1932 version of Freaks just now. It’s a shame the original version was lost. Interesting history of that film. Have a Fun Saturday. Big hugs.


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