Carousels ~ A Bit Of History

Jim Berger's Carousel Exhibit ~ March 20th ~ April 30th

Those beautiful Carousels by Jim Berger Photographer

The Gallery

The Gallery @ 48 Natoma brings high quality, original art exhibits to the Folsom community.  June  2007, was the grand opening of the Gallery!  Featuring (2) exhibition spaces ~ the Main Gallery (where Jim's photography will be displayed) and the Community Gallery.  Admission is "Free".   Click right here to learn more.

Carousel by Jim Berger Photographer

The Oldest Carousel

The oldest in the U.S. is Flying Horses, built in 1876: This gorgeous carousel is housed in a nondescript building on the lovely island of Martha's Vineyard. The horses on this rare seaside carousel are not attached to the floor but are suspended from above. When the platform turns, the horses (and their passengers) swing out.  This was built before the widespread use of electricity.  An actual horse powered the carousel.

Jim Berger's Carousel Horses

All Hallows Guild's

A Traveling Carousel that dates back to the 1890's! Lovingly restored over a 20 year period, each hand-painted animal is a work of art with special significance. The carousel is operated once a year at Flower Mart – the first Friday and Saturday of May.  Before catching a glimpse of this famous Carousel, visitors hear the 1937 music of the Caliola. It plays piano-style music rolls, and has 44 brass pipes to play the notes.

Additional Carousel History

Albion Carousel, built sometime between 1890 and 1900: Originally designed as a portable ride, the carousel has been spinning at Albion Borough Park in Pennsylvania since 1948. In addition to its horses and deer, the ancient merry-go-round includes four chariots. Like the stationary All Hallows Guild ride, none of its animals jump.

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