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Autumn Thunderbolt

Object Name: Cityscape
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Medium: Oil on linen glued to panel
Dimensions: Unframed: 11 5/8 × 13 1/2 in. (29.5 × 34.3 cm) Framed: 13 1/4 × 15 3/8 in. (33.7 × 39.1 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase
Object Number: 2004.28.3
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Marks: Stamp in ink on verso: address stamp with name and address of artist
Inscribed: Inscription in ink: name, address, and telephone number of artist

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Pamela Talese has been documenting with paint on canvas the many faceted changes to New York City's neighborhoods, concentrating especially on architectural structures in and around her Queens neighborhood that had become cultural icons without attaining official landmark status. Here she depicts Coney Island's Thunderbolt rollercoaster, designed and built by John Miller, innovator of the modern high speed rollercoaster. The Thunderbolt opened in 1925 and remained in operation until 1983. It was perhaps best known for its appearance in Woody Allen's film, "Annie Hall," in scenes set in the house beneath it, which remained occupied through the 1980s. Supporters of the Thunderbolt were unable to gain landmark status for the attractions and the rollercoaster was demolished on November 17, 2000.