Although I've included some carousel lore in the story itself, there were many more fascinating (at least to me) facts that I couldn't include, so I thought I'd share some of them with you in this and two more blogs. I'm going to ask -- and answer -- a few questions.
1. Did you know that there are three basic styles of carousel animals?
My favorite and the most elaborate is known as Coney Island. Yes, as you probably guessed, the carvers who developed this style worked on New York's Coney Island.
In contrast, the Philadelphia style is more realistic. You won't see jewels or gold on these animals, because you wouldn't see that in nature. Instead, these animals look like ones you might actually find on a farm or perhaps a racecourse. Some even have real horse hair tails.
The third style is called County or Country Fair. As the name implies, these horses were designed to be ridden at county fairs. They tend to be simpler in design than either Coney Island or Philadelphia, largely because they were transported from place to place.
2. What is a menagerie?
Although my dictionary has a number of definitions, in carousel terms, a menagerie is simply one that has animals other than horses.
There'll be more trivia tomorrow. In the meantime, if you're intrigued by the idea of a carousel carver as a hero, here are buying links to Sincerely Yours. You'll find four novellas in the book, each featuring a different era in American history. The other stories were written by Jane Kirkpatrick, Ann Shorey and Laurie Alice Eakes. If you've read any of their books, you know what wonderful storytellers they are. And if you haven't read them, here's a chance to sample their work.
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