Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Please Join Me for a Ride .......

The carousel *smiles* there is something so most romantic and quite dark to each of them ..
dark mysterious .. sad but happy .. a true rush of paradoxes each one always be .. with a story to share and tell to the each of us that care enough to make the time and look ....
As a child it was my favorite ride at Rye Play land .. as a teen still my favorite .. as a young woman it was indeed my favorite summer time date ... My husband proposed to me on one . grins ..Ah as for the Ferris Wheel perhaps one of the other most special .. grins .. still working on making memories there ... Now with summer here I am sure the carnival theme shall come to life in New Babbage it so makes perfect sense .. whispers I know of two good friends who have quite special venues planned ..
where ahh only New Babbage but of course ...
Until then Please join Breezy for a ride on a painter pony of her very own .. Of course she has her very own carousel *grins* shall save that for another day ..
Make it a good one and in between any world please always try to make room for the dreams and secret heart felt desires for they are where carousels came from ..
warm hugsss and happy twirlsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
outfits each from Silent Sparrow
Midnight Circus
Coppelia ~silent sparrow~boxed
(Candy) maida suite ~silent sparrow~
History Of The Old Carousel
Original carousels featured brass poles and fixtures, antique-style incandescent lighting and beveled-glass mirrors. Band organ music completed the circle of nostalgia. There are only two American manufacturers still producing this popular family attraction for circuses, carnivals, and fairs. Allen Herschell, who sold his firm in 1950 to a maker of fiberglass horses, was the last wooden-horse carver in the U.S. Now days authentic wooden carousel horses cost anywhere from $200 to $27,000, depending upon their age and condition.

What began in the 12th century as Arab horsemen throwing scented clay balls from rider to rider in a test of skill is now one of America's favorite amusement rides. The legend of the carousel has it that those untouched by the perfume of the clay were considered superior riders. Returning Crusaders later introduced the sport, renamed "carrosello" or "little war," to Italy. Today's carousel owes its origin to the 17th-century French, who modified the ancient sport. Using a wheel consisting of wooden arms and suspended horses, young French nobility practiced the game by attempting to lance golden rings.

With the foresight of a toy-maker, carousels soon became popular with Parisian children and eventually spread to America. Later, the carved riders gained tremendous popularity and entertained early beach and resort visitors. As steam, and then electricity, were harnessed for energy, carousels began to appear at the end of railway lines. As they flourished, the simple wooden machines developed into elaborate machines
that are still being studied and admired today.
Carousel art carving, created between 1867 and 1930, has long been neglected as an Art Form. Only recently has it come to the attention of students of both Art and History. The best carousels were American, not European. However, the craftsmen were nearly all recent immigrants whose work reflected what coming the American meant to them. European Carousel horses were stiff and stereotyped. American horses were carved in amazing variety with dramatic and free-flowing styles that embodied the essence of the American Spirit
What is a Carousel and a Merry-Go-Round?
Carousels only have horses, so it should not be confused with a merry-go-round or menagerie carousel, which can be many different animals. The carousel originated in France several hundred years ago as a device to help young noblemen practice their lancing skills. As the wooden horse rotated around a center pole, the rider would attempt to spear a small brass ring on the outside perimeter.

Carousels In America
The story of the carousel, or merry-go-round, in America traces back to the mid-19th century when Gustav Dentzel, a German immigrant, opened the G.A. Dentzel Steam and Horsepower Carousel Company. During this time, carousels were considered the premier amusement ride. While more than 7,000 carousels were once created, fewer than 300 are still in use that were built in American factories. The Depression, fires, floods and neglect caused the deterioration of the magnificent machines.
The golden age of the carousel lasted twenty five years. It originated in Europe, but America is where its highest achievement of craftsmanship developed. Carved and created by immigrant craftsmen at their highest level. California and New York have most of all existing carousels in America. The only two that exist in Tennessee that I know of are:
1909 Dentzel Grand Carousel at Libertyland Park, MemphisBuilt in 1909 by William H. Dentzel of the famed Dentzel Carousel Company, the Grand Carousel is a beautifully restored, hand-carved wooden horses that move within an elaborately decorated frame. The ride is listed with the National Register of Historic Places.
1920 Dentzel Carousel at Dollywood Park, Pigeon Forge

Origin of Merry-Go-Rounds and Ferris Wheels
The merry-go-round dates back to the early 18th century. The first merry-go-round was made in Europe, perhaps in France, in the late 1700's or early 1800's. It was called a carrousel, after an elaborate tournament-type entertainment first given at the court of France in the reign of Henry IV. Troops of costumed horsemen engaged in contests, drills, and pageants. The Place du Carrousel, between the Louvre and the Tuileries Garden in Paris, was named for a magnificent carrousel given there by Louis XIV in 1662.
Since only the nobility could enjoy these spectacles, a Parisian toy maker set hobbyhorses on a platform to create a make-believe carrousel. It was crudely made and the platform turned slowly with only manpower or horsepower to move it; but it delighted people from the beginning. Modern merry-go-rounds are whirled by motors; but many of them still carry prancing wooden ponies wearing the fancy harness of tournament mounts.
The first Ferris wheel was 250 feet in diameter and stood 264 feet high, had 36 pendulum cars which carried 60 passengers each (total of 2,160 riders), weighted 1,200 tons and was powered by two 1,000 horsepower engines. It was built for the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, Ill., in 1893.
The Ferris wheel was designed by George Washington Gale Ferris. Ferris contracted the construction of the Ferris wheel to a dozen steel companies, since it was so large that no single steel company could produce it. It was produced at a cost of $350,000 (in 1893) and was so popular that the cost was recovered within a few weeks, at the exposition.


Ceejay Writer said...

Wonderful post, such a delightful topic! I was just taking a break from writing and bounced through some blogs... and this one caputured me. thank you.

Breezy Carver said...

awww thank :) indeed its all about the magic when it comes to Carousels .........hugs :)