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 […]

Philadelphia Toboggan Company

The Philadelphia Toboggan Company, which is known for it’s magnificent, beautifully decorated carousels, only made eight of it’s carousels for traveling carnivals out of the ninety four it built in it’s lifetime. They kept great, detailed records of who bought each one and the disposition of them over the years, right up to the company’s […]

Outdoor Show Business

Carnival Business History Perhaps one of the reason that outdoor show business history has so many broken links is due to the fact that so many of the people who played an integral part of shaping the carnival business history were unknown by their given names. In the fifty odd years that I have been […]