Musical and Arcade Rarities to Make Noise in Upcoming Auction
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two outstanding 35-year collections to be sold without reserve, featuring items in many categories, will be included in a specialty auction slated for Saturday, Sept. 21, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. Approximately 450 lots will be offered. The collections—one from Jerry and Doris Soldner of Kingston, N.Y., the other from a collector in […]
Fabulous Fakes: Bogus Carousel Horses
Wooden carousel horses are the stuff of childhood legend, though most of us alive today have only ever rode on fiberglass, plastic or aluminum steeds. While most people identify the old carousels with their calliope pipe organs and wooden horses as Victorian relics, the vast majority of these carousel horses actually date to post 1900; […]
Lakeside Merry-Go-Round Features Folk-Art Carvings
Adjacent to Lake Rhode in Lakeside, Colo., gleams the Tower of Jewels, a 150-foot-tall wooden tower built in 1907 originally fitted with 5,000 lights. It is the centerpiece for the Lakeside Amusement Park, a family fun place that opened in 1908 and is still going strong more than 100 years later. Today, the Lakeside Amusement […]
Carousel Goes Around and Around for 80 Years
It was one of the most popular rides at the original Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colo. It goes up and down and round and round, but it isn’t the Boomerang, the Half Pipe or the Twister roller coaster. It is simply known as the Carousel. For more than 80 years, the Elitch Gardens carousel, with […]
Kit Carson County’s Historic Carousel
By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist Kit Carson County residents thought it to be quite the mistake. Buying a carousel? The very idea. But, the county commissioners thought otherwise and in 1928, bought the Ellich’s Zoological Garden’s carousel for $1,200. A good decision in hindsight, as the carousel is now a National Historic Landmark, called the […]
Disney’s Magic Kingdom of Collectibles
Editor’s Note: There are collectibles, and then there are Disney collectibles. Mickey, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Little Mermaid—these keepsakes go across so many generations and bring such happiness to them. Learn more about Disney collecting.
Wooden Carousels: Historic “Collectibles” Worth Preserving
Editor’s Note: Most collectibles are displayed on shelves, hung on walls or snuggled into a corner of the living room. WorthPoint’s Mary Brenneman came across a type of “collectible” that wouldn’t make it through the front door and needs plenty of space to spin—the wooden carousel.
Colorado’s Historic Carousels: Kit Carson County
Carousels have ignited the imagination of Americans of all ages since their golden days in the late 1890s through the 1920s when carousel makers in New York, Pennsylvania and Kansas built elaborate ones destined for parks and resorts and simple ones that would travel by train and horse-drawn wagons to small towns all across the country.