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 Review of Antique German Carousel @ Story Land
1 Rating Posted by: ibluv on 11/29/2004 10:33:00 PM
Very interesting c.1900 wooden carousel. The horses dont jump; you rock them back and forth yourself. It also rotates clockwise so i take it this one never had a ring machine

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mrceagle on 11/29/2004 11:34:24 PM said:
Keep in mind Ring machins wer ethough up as a way to get peaple to ride the none jumping horses.
ibluv on 11/30/2004 5:14:27 PM said:
I was kidding about the ring machine (I shoulda put an emoticon). In Europe they never caught on like they did in the U.S. And many European-made carousels rotate clockwise, making it more difficult to catch the ring with your right hand.
adriahna on 12/1/2004 11:06:21 AM said:
Good job, ibluv - youre right about the European carousels. Youve been doing your homework, eh??? Although I will add, mrceagle, that the ring machines were actually based on early games played on horseback, wherein riders would attempt to run a fine sword through a ring. Basically a training method for horseback fighting. Thank God we just use our hands nowadays, huh?
ibluv on 12/2/2004 5:52:40 PM said:
Its a shame though that there are very few ring machines left in operation. Too much of a liability for corporate America, I suppose
mrceagle on 12/3/2004 10:27:12 PM said:
There are only a few lest. i have a list some where I shoudl track it down.
ibluv on 12/4/2004 6:25:54 PM said:
Ive seen the list but dont remember which website its on. Theres only like half a dozen carousels left with an operating RM.
haddock423 on 12/5/2004 1:22:37 PM said:
The list is at the NCA (National Carousel Association) site, at either nca-usa.org or nca-usa.com
mrceagle on 12/5/2004 6:55:58 PM said:
Ok, there are 16 perating carousels with operating Brass Rings.
This is the ight link - www.nca-usa.org
adriahna on 12/5/2004 8:14:57 PM said:
I love a carousel with the ring machine intact - even on the primitive Marthas Vineyard carousel (oldest in America), it really is a kick.
mrceagle on 12/5/2004 11:34:10 PM said:
Im going to have to check that one out on of these dys. it cant be more then a couple of hours away from me. it woudl be fun. I also want to check out the old Moutain park Carousel.
ibluv on 12/6/2004 4:15:45 PM said:
The old Lincoln Park carousel is nice, too. It is (or was) operating in Fall River as of a few years ago but I didnt see it listed on nca.
mrceagle on 12/6/2004 7:16:46 PM said:
Heres the link(http://www.battleshipcove.com/plan-a-trip.htm). its open from 9am to 4:30pm for winter adn coaster 50cents to ride or a doller for 3.
ibluv on 12/7/2004 5:08:04 PM said:
Thanx, mrc. I was beginning to think it wasnt historic enough for nca, but apparently it is.
mrceagle on 12/7/2004 7:35:13 PM said:
I did a surch online for it. i cant remember if it was on NCA. Keep in mind that with an Assotioation ot organization, you have to join. they may not be a member.
ibluv on 12/9/2004 6:15:58 PM said:
NCA has a list of all operating wooden carousels in the US and Canada regardless of their age or association with NCA, and for some reason PTC #54 isnt on it.
mrceagle on 12/9/2004 9:16:27 PM said:
I noticed that. i think I was a better listign somewere. my Faverats menue is terably packed its hard to find things. and its somwhat organized. ill try to find a better list.
jdale on 10/16/2005 5:13:02 PM said:
Theres a reason that some carousels dont go counterclockwise. In the case of European carousels, its better to mount the horse from the left side. Do you now get why it doesnt (and never) had a ring machine?
mrceagle on 10/17/2005 12:00:38 PM said:
True when mounting a house corectly you mount from the left. A ring machine is a device that holds a ring, normaly brass, most traditional carousels had jumping hourses along the in side and stationary houses on the outside. the ring machine provided a chalange for those outer houses and promoted the use of the hourses. also the game style setup got older people to ride. Often there was a target in which you could atempt to hit and get a reation a bell or buzzer. or you could traid in the ring for another ride.
jdale on 10/18/2005 4:30:55 PM said:
Yeah, I heard of those on my video.
mrceagle on 10/19/2005 12:22:46 AM said:
Thisis though one of the most uniquie carousels youll ever find.
weaver23 on 4/26/2007 5:09:19 PM said:
No offense but do you have a broken key board MRC? Lots of spelling errors..but its no biggy
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