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These photos hint at the scope of the main floor of the Playland funhouse in 1938. Most available corners and contours seem to have been appointed with visual and physical stimuli, yet with its polished wood floors and latticed roof trusses, this was a funhouse that sported the elegance of a vintage ballroom. A 1928 map of the park labels the building as a dance hall, which may have been its originally intended use.

The upper galleries appear to offer more avenues of exploraton as well as serving as a safe haven from which to observe the tumultuous activity below. Baker's grand slide and its adjacent staircases form a colossal wave as the structure gracefully swoops down from the vaulted ceiling to its landing pad at ground level.

Standard fixtures of the day, such as the human roulette wheel and the ubiquitous distorted mirrors are plainly evident. The respectably-dressed patrons, largely adolescents and adults, are seen venturing through what appears to be an ornately festooned European village, traversing bridges, pathways and mischievous obstacles.

The funhouse and Magic Carpet were situated next to each other. Both were destroyed by fire in 1966.