Today in History: 100th Patent-Versary of the Wonder Wheel

Wonder Wheel Patent

Happy 100th Patent-Versary to Deno's Wonder Wheel! Filed in January, Charles Hermann's patent for his invention, which he said combined the thrills of a Ferris wheel with a gravity railway or roller coaster, was approved on September 28, 1920. An earlier design for what would one day become the Wonder Wheel was patented in 1915, writes Charles Denson, director of the Coney Island History Project, in his new book Coney Island's Wonder Wheel Park.  Published by Arcadia's Images of America series, the book contains hundreds of never-before-seen photographs, plans, and ephemera, including rare images from the Vourderis family archive and the Coney Island History Project archive, and interviews with the family of the original designer and builder of the Wonder Wheel. 

We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021 at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park on the Boardwalk in Coney Island for the long awaited celebration of the Wheel's 100th season.


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