Sunday, April 3, 2011

13 Carousels in Connecticut + more #Carousel in the US & News

Carousel News and Trader Magazine:
"The first hand-carved carousels appeared in the United States in the middle of the 19th century. The carousel quickly gained popularity and thousands of carousels were created between 1880 and 1930. These beautiful creations became the centerpieces for the hundreds of amusement parks that sprung up in cities and resorts across the country. Unfortunately, depression crippled the country by the early 1930s and many carousel producers were forced to cease production. The “Golden Age of the Carousel” had come to an end.

There are now less than two hundred antique wooden carousels left operating in this country. They are an endangered species. If we do not support and protect these unique treasures, it is possible that this important piece of Americana could all be gone in our lifetime."

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