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Home of the carousel preserves,
expands its legacy

The Buffalo News, by Michelle Kearns

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Posted By:ramona, 10/14/2012 9:32:47 AM

Just past the gift shop and through doors that swing open like a saloon entrance, there is a work- room strewn with tools. A small crew of men in their 70s and 80s gathers there to joke, build and paint the things that are slowly bringing Allan Herschell’s old carousel factory back to life as a museum. “This was brand-new when I started,” said Mel Brundage, 76, looking down at his apron, gray with paint splatters. “I look like Leonardo da Vinci.” The splatters are from his 14 years as a volunteer . . .

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Reply 1 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 10/14/2012 10:18:55 AM     (No. 8932061)

I visited the museum several years ago. There is something magical about carousels; they make you feel like a child again. I still hang the paper carousel ornaments I bought there on our Christmas tree. This museum is truly an American treasure and I'm glad that the exquisite craftsmanship is being preserved. Hopefully this article will begin to spark a new interest and parents will introduce their children to the wonderful world of merry-go-rounds. What is a childhood without them?! Thanks to OP for posting!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 10/14/2012 10:31:33 AM     (No. 8932090)

what a precious story, OP. Thank you for finding it. I may not be able to clearly recall what I did last Thursday, but I can remember Kiddieland in Maywood, IL as if I had been there yesterday...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: asu86pe, 10/14/2012 10:49:59 AM     (No. 8932130)

Thanks OP, you pest.

I grew up in Erie,Pa with grand-relatives in Buffalo, NY & in between. I spent many times in parks on carousels and never realized how special that area really was from what others experienced and now I know why.......thanks to caring fathers and grandfathers.


How is it that such simple machines can produce just the most angelic smiles on children of all ages?

How precious these times were for me and passing them on to my children. Thanks again.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 10/14/2012 11:01:13 AM     (No. 8932157)

I grew up on the south side of Binghamton and rode my 2 speed Schwinn(whioch I still have) up to Ross Park where we would ride the Merry-Go-Round (we NEVER called them Carousels!) That was the oldest one that George F. Johnson gave to the community. It was by far the fastest of the 6 and the oldest, it really rocked!! When I was older and rode it a few years ago it was slower, so I asked a friend about it, he was a city engineer, and he said they re-geared it after a mechanical problem..I was mad!!
Geo. F gave these merry-go-rounds to the community under one condition, that they would never charge for a ride. as a youngster he didn't have the money to pay for a ride. Today all of the municipalities charge for the rides...a piece of litter placed in the trash can by the entrance! They are open Memorial Day to Labor Day each year, and sometimes for special occasions....They are in various states of restoration and most have boom boxes instead of the WurliTzers, they being so fragile...But Ross park had the WurliTzer growing up, and you could hear that anywhere in the park! (Ross Park is also home to a wonderful zoo, the 6th oldest in the US!)

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Reply 5 - Posted by: escaped commieny, 10/14/2012 12:45:00 PM     (No. 8932329)

Wow, we grew up on the South Side of Bingo too. Ross Park was the greatest. Of Course that was in the days when it was called the Parlor City. All the brownie groups, boy scouts, Ladies Home Bureau, everyone went to Ross Park. I have two Christmas ornaments of carousels that are out year round.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: escaped commieny, 10/14/2012 12:59:08 PM     (No. 8932352)

PS: Also home to Hannigan's Hero's

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