Don’t you just love old carousels? This one is located at Glen Echo Park in Maryland, and was installed in 1921! After checking out a strawberry festival on Saturday, we dropped by the park and I took photos until the heat and humidity got to be too much. Was it just a few months ago I wore fingerless gloves to keep my fingers from freezing?
When the music started, I racked my brain trying to figure out the name of this instrument. “Wurlitzer” came to mind, but they do jukeboxes. “Calliope”? Nope, that’s for the circus. Whipped out my iPhone and looked it up. It is indeed a Wurlitzer “band organ.”
The canopy and the carved figures were made by the Dentzel Carousel Company of Germantown, Pennsylvania. I think the details are so beautiful.
The Glen Echo carousel was in a scene in the 1989 comedy Chances Are starring Robert Downey Jr. and Cybill Shepherd.
Carousel and fairground art specialist Rosa Ragan spent years restoring the original paint colors to the animals, band organ, rounding boards and drum panels. That’s why I showed you the true colors of the carousel before offering this:
Sometimes it’s fun to shake things up a little. I rotated the original image and used a vintage cross processing action from Florabella.
Hope you all had a great weekend….