[File of Papers 1900 to 1904 Philadelphia’s Woodside Park Amusement Co., with TLS from Luciano Conterno, bandmaster].
A bandmaster who served aboard Matthew Perry’s Expedition to Japan, a Philadelphian amusement park
Nine items with modest, but useful, information pertaining to this Philadelphia attraction: “...Woodside Park amusement park, in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park [was] built c. 1897. Many attractions (including the scenic railway) were destroyed by fire in 1917. The park was rebuilt, and operated until 1955.”
Four letters from E.B. Buehler, writing to advantage his position as a vendor or exhibitor within the park, writing to the treasurer of the amusement company. Other items seen are specific to the park’s treasurer, Charles Elias.
The last item is a 1902 letter from Brooklyn, for the entertainer Luciano Conterno, of Koenig and Conterno, discussing contracts for future performance at the park.
Conterno is an interesting man. An obituary declares he was a French native who enlisted at the age of nine into the United States navy. Conterno was as a cabin boy and drummer, serving aboard ship with Matthew Perry’s expedition to Japan. He continued his patriotic musical career during the Civil War. Thereafter he was the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s bandmaster until 1898. He died in 1910.
Description: [File of Papers 1900 to 1904 Philadelphia’s Woodside Park Amusement Co., with TLS from Luciano Conterno, bandmaster].
[Philadelphia and elsewhere. 1900 to 1904.] Contents: Four ALsS. One TLS. One promissory note. Three documents. All very good.
Ref. Woodside Park - Early photos of amusement parks - Pictures - CBS News accessed online. The Nation. Vol. 90. May 1910. p493.