Carousels aren't just kid's stuff--so I learned at the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio.
I often think of it as a the quintessential kids' carnival ride, but the carousel originally started out as a training device for knights back in medieval days and became a romantic ride for adults in Victorian days before becoming a kiddie favorite with the arrival of the 20th century.
Check out what I learned about these machines and the craft of creating the beautifully carved animals that populate many classic carousels with my story about the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky at the Ohio Tourism Division's Discovering Ohio blog.
Want to learn more about other classic carousels in the Midwest? Check out my stories about Ohio's Carrousel Park in Mansfield (nope, it's not a typo) with an accompanying Photo Friday feature about the Carrousel Park and my stories about the classic carousel at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Michigan-Big -kid fun on the carousel at Grand Rapids Public Museum and another Photo Friday that accompanied that story.
You can also check out Flying Horses: The Golden Age of American Carousel Art, 1870-1930 by Peter J. Malia or Carousel Animal Carving: Patterns and Techniques by Bud Ellis, Rhonda Hoeckley and Bonnie Greenwood.
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