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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Children's Delight: 1910

Children's Delight: 1910

"Children's Delight" carousel wagon with piano or calliope, circa 1910. George B. Marx Wagon Co., Brooklyn. View full size.

 

Riding the "Whip"

I remember riding the "Whip" on an oval shaped track on a truck while living in Oxford Circle in Philly in 1952. I'm rather sure that the music playing was "Davy Crockett."

Carousel

Born and raised in Philadelphia, I fondly remember the truck carousel. The driver cranked a wheel to make it turn. The little horses all faced outward.

We were also visited by a truck with "The Whip" where you sat in the cars and it operated much like the Whip ride of today. We also had a man come around with a ferris wheel on his truck. What great memories!

Children's Delight

George B. Marx was my great grandfather. I would love to get in touch with you.

[Use the contact form on the right side of the homepage. - Dave]

Oh.. cool..

that is badass.. I want one!

Childrens Delight

Very excited to see photo of childrens Delight as we have one. How do we get in touch with Dave for further info about this photo.

Turn the crank and make it go

Consider Patent # 773292 [1]

It would seem that the carousel rotates by turning the hand crank, as observed by padieg.

Children's Delight

Peregrine, I remember them well, I grew up in South Philly

Carousel

How was it operated? There's a small vertical wheel on the left but I think you had to make a big effort to turn it when the carousel was loaded (in case hand cranking that wheel was the method by which the carousel worked).

Children's Delight

In the late 1950's a truck used to come around our Philadelphia neighborhood with a small carousel on the back of it. The truck itself was vintage 1954, but I can still hear it out on the street with all of the kids and moms running out to greet it.

 
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