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Welcome to Carouselcorner.net, a place for everyone who is interested in carousels! Here you will find vintage photos of carousels – some no longer in existence, others that are still spinning, old postcards of carousels, articles about carousel history, pictures of carousels in movies – and more.

There is a special section about the Santa Monica pier and its carousel, often hailed as the world’s most famous carousel due to its many appearances in movies and on TV. I had the privilege of being its caretaker from 1981 to 1985.

The old wooden carousel is a treasured survivor from days gone by. Most were built between the late 1800’s and the 1920’s. Out of an original estimated number of 5,000, there are only about 150 left. It is hoped that this site will be of interest to those in the carousel community as well as inspire others to delve further into the interesting aspects of them to become devotees and in so doing, help to insure their place in the future.

Site Host,
Barbara Williams

Carouselcorner.net

  2019  Update

The carousel photography of Anne Hinds, author of the book, “Grass the Brass Ring”, has been added to carouselcorner in the Carousels by States category, according to where they were/are located.

Anne loved the artistry of carousels and capturing it on film.

Carouselcorner.net is presently under re-construction and not all of the new material has been posted.

New Picture

Los Angeles, Griffith Park, Spillman Engineering, 1980’s, OP, Anne Hinds photo

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Articles –

Carousel News & Trader

Articles –

Merry Go RoundUp

Images –

Carousels By State

Dedication to Frederick Fried

This site is dedicated to the memory of Frederick Fried (1908 – 1994), author of The Pictorial History of the Carousel that was first published in 1964. Fried was a visionary who saw the need to preserve carousels when they were 25 cent rides and were still plentiful across the United Sates. He worked tirelessly on carousel preservation projects in the 1970’s and 1980’s, when carousels were disappearing at an alarming rate. To this day, his book remains a definitive resource on the subject of carousels. This book is out of print, but is available online.

See article:

Remembering Fred Fried, The Historic Carousel’s Best Friend Volume 23, #11, December 2007

 

  

Photo, right, Fred at the Long Beach, California Looff, 1979. B Williams photos

 

Acknowledgments:

Harvey Gaylin, Bob Guenthner, Anne Hinds, Roland Hopkins, Dave Ramsey, Rolando Marin

The Carousel News and Trader, The National Carousel Association – The Merry-Go-Roundup

 

Dave Ramsey, Mangels/Illions carousel, Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, Pomona, CA, 1979

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