Carnivals, Circuses, Playlands, and Amusement Parks
A UK visitor writes that the above is not a carousel, but a galloper. She says, "A galloper goes clockwise and a carousel goes anti-clockwise, plus has other rides than horses."
We Yanks don't normally have 'gallopers'
(separate horses); the horses are a generally only part of a carousel and that,
as noted, goes counterclockwise. We
MIGHT be a UK thing. But THIS picture is certainly a "galloper", since it goes clockwise.
This seems to be a hybrid
(above) Fun at Coney Island
Pigalle Club showgirls at Battersea Festival Gardens, 1959
Old fashioned petti-fun on the "Caterpillar", a 1950s roller coaster
with an arched canvas top which slowly descended on
About the above, Lacie writes:
"Back in the late 50's &
60's at several amusement parks, e.g., Riverview Park in Chicago Illinois,
in the Aladdin's Castle Funhouse there was a maze for everyone to walk
through and, in several locations, there were small holes in the floor that
shot up high pressured air that were operated by park attendants that could
not be seen. They would wait for girls with dresses & petticoats to come to
the exact spot over the air holes and they would hit the button to cause the
dresses to fly up!There was even one
spot that could be viewed from the outside by the fence that we would gather
and wait for the treat! It was wonderful!"
(ED: We should have applied for that job! If that happened nowadays, the Femmi-Nazis" would have closed down the park!)
R.M. kindly has provided
this nice memory from th
Brighton Funfare (UK) in 1958
(note the floral print petti!)
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