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MI-van-andel-museum-center-carousel-armored.jpg BUFFALO, NY – “Finally, the search for a new home for the historic 1924 carousel, built right here in Western New York, is over,” Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said Friday during his State of the City speech. Brown announced that the city will make room at Canalside as land for the carousel will be transferred to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp... on 08 Feb 2016
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Its not very often that I get stumped by a carousel horse, especially an American one. But this one, saved from an old posting from eBay which I cant even bring up from the archives, does just that. This horse seems to be a strange mix of styles (but yet, in the original post with close-ups it was clearly an antique piece and no repro) that I cant quite pinpoint. Trappings look Parker-ish, especially early Parker...yet the horse itelf, particularly the legs, look very S&G to me. But the trappings are nothing like S&G. Head resembles early Looff. Almost certainly an inner-row figure, but who carved it?  For all its strangeness its a pretty pony.

So...any ideas? I do enjoy a good carousel-related puzzle!

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I keep looking at that head, with the nose band and (is that a rosette on the bridle?) thinking "Early Looff, perhaps started out as a stander or prancer and got converted into a jumper with newer legs." Then I look back at that saddle and blanket and think, "No way is that Looff!" :D

hi... i am new to the group but a lover of carousels... i recently found this shadowbox but have been unable to find any information on it... it seems hand made, its heavy, and its big - 41 inches long and 13 inches high, 3 inches deep... it does not have any markings either on the inside or on the frame... any information or direction on how to find information would be appreciated... thank you...

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What a neat piece!

I got exact same one for my birthday last year.

They are very common .I have seen many at auctions selling for as !ow as $25.

And I bought mine on eBay maybe 20 years ago. It has turned quite dark now, but visitors to the shop really love it. I'm sure I paid closer to $40 for it at the time. Everything carousel was much more expensive then.

Ok, so I took this to be something someone put together as a sort of 3D scrapbook . . . a one of a kind type thing. They were manufactured?

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great ride

Illions horses on this one. . .the other operating one is at our own Cedar Point here in Ohio with horses I believe by Williams. I grew up riding and loving this machine every summer! They used to play a bugle call at the beginning (recorded) and then off to the races. One horse in every set 'wins' at the end.

It is very fast and great fun!

There is one in England, at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Racing derbies are very rare. www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTDIXVR89uU

I'm always a bit amused at people's reactions to the speed of this ride. 1) Because (way back in the day) the (non-Derby) carousel was actually the "thrill ride" of a park & 2) think we tend to run carousels too slow nowadays (given #1). That & the fact that without a comforting pole to hang onto . . . things will seem faster - especially when they are.

i have one of these wonderful steeds. he used to be above my kitchen in new york ...

but now he resides in my barn in new mexico!

They have definitely slowed down during my long lifetime. I attribute that to the fact that they seem to be aimed more toward children than adults these days.

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It even comes with an organ!

I had a later version of this as a child. It only had places for two children riding opposite one another and used the same mechanism, where you alternate pushing on the lower bar with your feet and the upper bar with your hands. I remember it being quite the workout. I think the skeleton of the ride is still around here, stuck behind the old gate and my neighbor's wall in the Coyote barricade. Hollywood Hobby Horse company made a sweet pony ride that ran on pedal power, and used a thick Masonite flat track. Also good exercise. Most of them seem to have been used in shoe stores to keep the kiddies occupied. The horses were silhouette shapes with flat seats, painted in primary and secondary colors with white or black line work details. And each pony had its name painted on the side, like "Beauty" and "Ginger". There were 6 and 8 horse models

That is so cute! Marx also made those little ponies into a battery operated ride on toy. I found one on ebay years ago but need to track down the battery to get it to work. Must take a really light child, considering how heavy it is already.

More questions from the Albany carousel - these were included with the workings of the 1909 Dentzel mechanism that was given to the carousel. There are 18 of them with the signature Lopez in the bottom right of some of them.  Any insights? Information on Lopez?

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I've not heard of a painter working for the Dentzel shop by that name. I would speculate that it was an artist hired by a previous owner that repainted the panels. Then it wouldn't be original paint, but this was a fairly common occurrence back in the day, as these machines were not usually in weather tight climate controlled buildings and the paint would fail over the course of time.


"Park paint". On anything that's part of a carousel . . . or other rides.

Very nice. Similar landscapes might have been on the originals, but I don't think these are them. I'd guess Lopez was a local painter hired to repaint them, wherever the carousel was at the time. Paint artists didn't sign horses and pretty sure they didn't sign housing art either when they came from the factory.

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