Tracing The Roots Of The Carousel

History of The Carousel Back in the 1100’s, Arabian and Turkish horsemen played a game on horseback. They took it very seriously… so seriously that Italian and Spanish crusaders who watched, described the contest as a “little war” or garosello and carosella respectively.   This 15th century Turkish drawing shows part of the carousel’s use […]

Carousel Manufacturers Lingo

Types of horses (also called ponies): Carousel animals can be carved with the head up or down and many of the trappings (saddle, bridle, decorations) may have special details that are meaningful to the carver or designer. No two hand-carved horses are exactly the same though they might be very similar. Lead (“King”) Horse: Usually […]

Allan Herschell Carousel Company

Allan Herschell, together with James Armitage, created the Armitage-Herschell Company in 1873. 1888 they set up band organ production in North Tonawanda, founding the North Tonawanda Barrel Organ Factory. The company produced a range of barrel-organ based products, suited for all ranges of fairground attraction. Armitage-Herschell remained in operation until the early 1900s. The company […]

Philadelphia Toboggan Company Portable Carousels

There is only one portable PTC carousel you can ride – Another is just a restoration away from returning home to Florida: The rare Philadelphia Toboggan Company Portable Carnival Carousels. By Bill Hall Reprinted from the Sept. 2013 CN&T, courtesy of Carnival magazine Through the decades, the carousel has maintained ins popularity and is the […]

Restoring The Most Beautiful Carousels In America – Keeping The Artisans Creations Alive

Preserving The Carousels The Illions Supreme Carousel Restoration Project [vimeo id=”109063033″ align=”center” mode=”normal” autoplay=”no” maxwidth=”650″]  The City of Naples Looks to Bring Historic 1914 PTC 28 Carousel Home To The State of Florida In New Baker Park As part of a major city park redevelopment project, the City of Naples looks to include a beautifully restored, […]

The Allan Herschell Carousel Company

A Brief Merry Go Round History – The Allan Herschell Company   Allan Herschell, together with James Armitage, created the Armitage-Herschell Company in 1873. 1888 they set up band organ production in North Tonawanda, founding the North Tonawanda Barrel Organ Factory. Armitage-Herschell remained in operation until the early 1900s. The company carved many portable steam […]

Rare Carnival Ride The Swooper

Unique Oval Shaped Carnival Ride Draws Large Crowd Ride Design Was Different But Worked On Similar Premise As Ferris Wheel. Many ideas for ride designs came and went over the years for various reasons. While some of them seemed like good ideas, some of them violated patent infringements for other riding devices or were just […]

The Original Ferris Wheels

 History Of Early Ferris Wheels Portable Ferris Wheels Are Invented For The Carnival Midway   This Conderman Ferris Wheel Is On Exhibit At The Museum The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. With a height of 264 […]

How Carnival Rides Were Once Powered By Mule

Early Carnival Rides Were Powered By Mules Invention of Gas Powered 4 Cylinder Engines Changed The Way Carnival Rides Were Powered The rides we know today could not have developed without the advancements of the gasoline engine. The earliest riding devices were turned by a mule. The female mules or ‘Jennies’, had better dispositions than […]

The Merry Go Round

History of The Merry Go Round   They’re known by various names: merry-go-rounds, carousels, roundabouts . . . Merry Go Round Origination During the Crusades in the 1100s, European soldiers watched the Turkish and Arabian horsemen compete in a game. Participants took the game, similar to jousting, very seriously, and European onlookers began to refer […]