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Fair Maidens: 1942

Fair Maidens: 1942

July 1942. "Klamath Falls, Oregon. Carnival of the circus." In line for the Tilt-A-Whirl. Photo by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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The rides

I used to love the Tilt-A-Whirl as a kid, but I don’t do rides anymore as an older guy, so I just watch my own kids. There’s always someone on the Tilt-A-Whirl whose head begins to nod and sway as the double rotating motion gets to them. I remember, about 50 years ago, being on the ride when all the nodding and swaying got the better of someone who produced the inevitable result from an adjacent car. My brother and I both felt the spray.


My Mom would have been around their age (16) at that time.
It must have been something to be a teenager during WWII.

The Tilt-A-Whirl

Or as my then five year old son used to call it: "The Tilt the World".


Invented and made in Faribault MN by Herbert W. Sellner and his company.

Tilt a Whirl

my favorite Carney ride.

I feel that I KNOW her....

That young girl looking towards the camera looks very much like my daughter when she was in her early teens, and that Tilt-a-Whirl was the kind of ride that she'd look for back then.

Blink of an eye...

Amazing to think these sweet young girls are now in their 80's.
Enjoy every time slips-by so quickly!

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