July/August 2014, Volume 30, No. 4




July_Aug_14_Page-37“Carving Memories”

Theresa Cox, Executive Director of  A Carousel For Missoula, tells the story of the community answering an advertisement for carvers needed to create a hand-carved carousel.  Many answered the ad and most are still coming together each week to continue what they began nearly twenty-five years ago.


Gaffron_DSCN1906“Carousel Horses Carved by Bernie Gaffron”

Bernie Gaffron just wanted to carve a horse.  Once he carved number one, two more followed so that each of his and Norma’s three children could have a carousel horse carved by their father.


July_Aug_14_Page_15“J.P. Seeburg Piano Company – Carvings & Ornamentation”

David Ramey, Jr. details the work of J.P. Seeburg and his ties with his homeland, Sweden, to explain his interest in design.  The performance of the instrument was primary.  But he also realized that the appearance of the instrument helped his customers attract clientele.  The Style H with its simple but elegant caryatids was impressive even when the music was not playing.


bandorganforprint“PTC #33 – Band Organ”

In 1939, a fire at the PTC#33 carousel building on the Minnesota State Fair Grounds destroyed what was assumed to be a Bruder organ and almost took the carousel. The organ had been placed against an inside wall of the carousel building where the fire stated outside in a trailer.

In 1989 the non-profit Our Fair Carousel who saved the carousel from auction decided to purchase an organ.  Mike Merrick took on the task of restoring a Wurlitzer 153 band organ.  In this article, Mike describes the process of restoration and what he found out about the organ while doing this work.


John-Panozzo-Master-Carver-“Creating The Magic”

John Panozzo relates in this special “Carver’s Issue,” how he is creating a lion for a carousel and shows some of his previous carvings as well.


“Carousel of Dreams – Dream Becomes Reality”

Laureen Manera gives us a look at the carousel in Kennewick, Washington — Carousel of Dreams – Dream Becomes Reality.  Local business people and Marianne Stevens made this dream come to reality.

“Riding With The Rabbit”

Richard Concepcion details the opposition of many to the Mayor’s plan to replace the horse carriages in Midtown Manhattan and Central Park with electric retro-buggies.

“Questions And Answers”

A reader asks about a non-functional organ on the carousel in Gilroy Gardens, California.  He receives an answer referencing an article in “Carousel News & Trader” February 2010, Vol. 26, No.2.

Memories of riding a special horse on a carousel prompts a lady to ask where the carousel with this horse might be today.  Following issues will provide some thoughtful answers.

“Organs And Façades, Part I – Sculptured Figures on German Fairground Organs”

Tom Meijer translates the article from Jan van Dinteren which opens our eyes to the remarkable sculpted figures that are found on German organs. Some of these same carvers were obviously instrumental in the American carving world both in carving carousel animals and in working on the façades of the organs.

“Collecting Automatic Musical Instruments – Style H Solo Orchestrion”

Q. David Bowers and Art Reblitz continue the discussion relating to collecting automatic music with an emphasis on the J.P. Seeburg Style H orchestrion.


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