Saturday, December 12, 2015
Years ago I scanned over 1000 personal Viewmaster images for Rol Summit - you have enjoyed some of them on this blog, including his amazing shots of the MGM Studio in its final days.
Rol and his wife Jo were (and still are) avid historians and collectors of artifacts relating to vintage carousels, so many of the photos were taken at various parks around the country. A small selection of photos were also taken at Arrow Development's headquarters in Mountain View, California. As you know, Arrow was responsible for many Disneyland attractions, as well as attractions at other amusement parks and World's Fairs.
So, what was going on when Rol was there? Why, they were restoring the 1917 carousel that was originally at Olympic Park, New Jersey, and was about to move to Florida's Magic Kingdom (to be known as "Cinderella's Golden Carrousel")! Pretty cool. These were undated, but I would assume that they are from either late 1969 or early 1970 (ish).
It's interesting to get a look at the outside area of Arrow Development - even though it is mostly piles of lumber. I can't tell exactly what part of the carousel is pictured, can you? Perhaps it is the central "hub" (I have no idea what the technical term is).
I like this neat detail, with serpents and beautiful maidens, along with receptacles for many "popcorn lights" that would encircle the top of the carousel.
Here's a photo that I scrounged from Google Images showing a recent picture of a similar section. Regarding the choice of colors... EGADS. Here's a handy hint: if you are ever tempted to paint anything purple and pink, don't do it!
This shot is an interesting view of the "skeleton" of the machine. It all looks so spindly, rather like a giant umbrella.
And finally, a nice overview of how the whole thing looked on the day that Rol made his visit. Due to the frequent Florida rains, "Prince Charming's Regal Carrousel" (as it is known now) sits beneath a permanent "tent" that hides some of the amazing detail of this antique amusement. But it is still beautiful, in spite of the paint job!