Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Animal Wednesday: carousel

This beautiful carousel is within walking distance from me. It's one of the most famous ones in the country with rare hand-carved animals, NOT plastic resin.

Sixty-six beautifully carved figures designed c. 1895 by Charles I.D. Looff. The band organ by A. Ruth and Sohn, in neo-baroque style, is carved with moving figures. The finest surviving example of its type in America, the carousel was proclaimed the State Symbol of Folk Art in 1985. Designated as a National Landmark in March, 1987.

What a day and fun place to take pictures.
Happy Animal Wednesday!


  1. beautiful. did you ride on it? a merry go round is the only amusement center ride i like.

  2. Wow, they are just gorgeous!!!


  3. I absolutely adore merrygorounds! And I am laughing as Suki asked my first question was can you ride this one or is it just for show? So pretty!!!!!
    We have a nice one in my town too and it is a working carousel!!!

  4. Stunning! I'm delighted it has been preserved and it's still in use. I love the colors and strong imagery. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Lovely work of Art. I too want to know.. is this just for show? How fun to be so close to you.

  6. Fabulous carousel,,,I hope you took a ride,,,but maybe it's not permitted, as it is such a work of art.

    Sounds like you had loads of fun in P-Town with the (in)famous kj.
    Take care,,,

  7. This carousel is definitely a work of art. It appears to be well taken care of. HAW.

  8. Wow! This is truly gorgeous - it's amazing. I adore merry-go-rounds and love to ride them - especially to catch the gold ring. I would love to see and ride this one with you someday

  9. I'm late....because was on-line doing other things ;)

    I am a Carousel Lover too!!! This one is gorgeous!! I HOPE we can go on a ride when I come to visit!
    How great all of us bloggers want to go for a ride! Wouldn't that make for a great photo!

    We have a lovely one in Golden Gate Park..I am not sure how old it is, but it was already really old when my parents took me there as a child.... hmm....time to do some research and take some photos!

    Wonderful post - as always!


    ♥ Robin ♥

  10. Oh wow! a real one, what a treasure.

    i am not such a fan of riding these (too many times with too many small ones in the past!) but i would love to take photos of all of you!

    have a wonderful thursday lo!


  11. How lovely!!!

  12. I LOVE THESE!!! I love carousels and I used to own a full size plastic carousel horse, compliments of my DH. Try to find a place in YOUR house for one of those. Sheesh!

  13. Carousels are amazing, but kind of frightening to me as a child too and they still bring on that little bit of fantastical fear in me. This is truly a national treasure!

  14. Beautiful!! Lovely to see this - not many left now.