May/June 2014, Volume 30, No. 3




“How A Carousel Came To Be Inside An Egg”

Kathleen Eric takes an overview of the steps taken during 30 years building four different jeweled and/or enameled eggs which incorporated a musical mechanism.  The final – fourth egg – opens to reveal  a scale model of the Balboa Park Carousel – 1910 Herschell-Spillman.

“Dan’s Desk”

Senior Editor and former publisher Daniel Horenberger gives a synopsis of what is happening around the various parks as they prepare for opening seasons. He talks about the Forest Park Carousel in Queens, New York; the Kingsport Carousel Project in Kingsport, Tennessee; Ferrari building a theme park in Barcelona, Spain; an incident at the Six Flags Fiesta Texas park; and new life for the carousel at FunTime USA which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Bugs Carousel“Riding With The Rabbit”

Richard Concepcion traces the development and evolution of carousel-related souvenirs as a park marketing tool.

Wurlitzer band organ Style 145B 1920s cat“Collecting Automatic Musical Instruments – Versatility of Wurlitzer”

Q. David Bowers and Art Reblitz write about how Wurlitzer was a major player in the development of automatic musical instruments in the United States.  Many carousels operate today with some model of a Wurlitzer band organ – i.e. 125, 153, 157 or other model.

Carousel of St. MaartenThe Carousel of St. Maarten

Chuck and Cathy Crawford tell us about an experience they had in locating a working carousel on the island of St. Maarten while they were cruising on the Oasis of the Seas.  They opted to do their own tour rather than join the ship-sponsored tour of the island with a stop at the carousel.  It is a fun story of their unintended adventure.

Jupiter-03“Jupiter – A Majestic Dutch Street Organ”

Tom Meijer gives an insight into one of the most important Dutch street organs and why it is that this organ has become a solid fixture in the KDV Museum in Haarlem, The Netherlands.

Auctions Results, News

Results from from Sotheby’s Americana January 24 & 25, 2014 auction; Gildings at The Mill (UK) December 17, 2013 auction.

San Antonio Zoo celebrates 100th birthday with the opening of the 50 foot carousel holding 60 animals.  The carousel was built by Chance Rides from Wichita, Kansas.

Carousel at Donna’s Dream House which was damaged by fire restored by BAE Sytems engineers in England.

Fall River beloved circa 1920 carousel stopped spinning in August, 2013.

A Carousel for Missoula offers the advice, “If you can dream it…”  For nearly 20 years volunteers have continued to build animals for others as they did for the carousel in Missoula.

Como Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota:  100th anniversary celebration of PTC #33 – Cafesjian’s Carousel, August 9, 2014.


Annual Buyer’s Guide – 8 full pages of dealers, suppliers, restorers, consultants, appraisers, and more!


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