home page table of contents writings paintings Venice in print other media poets nobody leaves Venice Venice music virtual boardwalk visual arts

Artists Roster

In the Old Days:
Windward Avenue

Canals, Bridges


Lagoon and Midway

Miniature Railroad

Night Scenes

Mecca Buffet

Scenic Railway

Market Street

Cabrillo Ship Cafe'

Venice Pier

Bath House or Plunge

Arielle Haze
Venice Photos

Arielle Haze views
Beach Art

Scott Shellstrom
Venice art

Jack Chipman

Dale Hartman

Venice Paintings by
Pat Hartman

Ehrlich buildings
Homage to Old Venice

Chris Burden

Unpainting the Town:
lost murals

Helen K. Garber photos

Jeff Verges

Lance Diskan

Avid Brickman

Art at the Rose Cafe'

New Venice Sign

Robbie Conal

Venice-based Art

Ferus Gallery

Mario Barrios

Gary Steinborn

Earl Newman

St. Charles Mural

Spoons of Venice

Rena Small



In the Old Days:

1921 Amusements

"The disks that carry these chairs roll about at random over the floor..."

"The cars, suspended at the end of these long arms, go around in a circle and at the same time pitch up and down as though riding the waves..."

"The short cars of the roller coaster..."

"General view of the Dodge-Em (Early Bumper Cars), the object of which is to steer the highly unmanageable car about the floor without collision"

"Close up of one of the Dodge-Em Cars"



16-page article in October 15, 1921 issue

"The recent announcement of a Venice, Cal., amusement promoter to the effect that his new pier would have all new pleasure devices was not taken particularly seriously until the place in question was thrown open to the public. Then, for the first time, the amusement seekers realized that he had made good his promise and that the pier housed one of the most startling collections of mechanically ingenious contrivances yet built...

A device known as the 'Dodge-Em' is a clever piece of electrical and mechanical work. Small cars, fitted with steering wheels, are placed on a polished hardwood floor. A trolley connects each little car with an electrically-charged mesh and screening overhead. The car is mounted on casters. When all the cars are occupied, the current is turned on and the passengers endeavor to ridge around the floor without colliding with other cars. As the steering wheel operates only the trolley, and as the wheels are independent of each other, the steering is only relative and it requires extreme ability to dodge the other fellow's car. A foot pedal is provided to control the car and stop it when necessary. Collisions occur every few seconds, but as there is a heavy iron bumper around the base of each car, no damage is done and the riders get lots of fun out of the thing..."

© 2004 - 2012 Pat Hartman
Put "subscribe" in the subject line, send a blank email to info (at) virtualvenice.info

"Table of Contents" or site map here it is

WWW Virtual Venice