New Hampshire

Glen

Story Land

 

The carousel at Story Land in Glen, New Hampshire was manufactured by Friedrich Heyn in Neustadt an der Orla, Bavaria, Germany in the1880s. It toured Bavaria for over sixty years. It was manufactured as a clockwise track rotating, portable, steam operated carousel. There are few clockwise rotating carousels known to be in existence in the United States. The carousel was purchased by a Canadian carnival operator in 1960 and moved it to storage in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From 1965 to 1966, the carousel was in use at the Canadian National Exposition in Toronto. The carousel has been in use at Story Land since 1967. Story Land installed a permanent roof to replace the canvas top and replaced the two original spinning tubs and rocking boats with benches.

 

The carousel has three rows of 36 horses and two benches. The horses are mounted on a spring rocking mechanism. Although all the horses seem to have been carved from a common model, they are uniquely painted with different designs. The rounding boards are all carved and beautifully decorated.

 

Story Land is a magical and enchanted place for children. I have very fond memories of having visited Story Land as a child in the early to mid-1950s. On a recent visit to observe and photograph the carousel, is was wonderful to see all of the tireless children having such a wonderful time. Visit them at https://www.storylandnh.com/.

For further information:

Hopkins, Roland. 2008. Good Old-Fashioned Carousel Fun at Story Land In NH. Carousel News and Trader (November 10, 2008). http://www.carouselnews.com/August-2008/August-2008/Good-Old-Fashioned-Carousel-Fun-at-Story-Land-In-NH.html

 

National Carousel Association

http://carousels.org/USACensus/stdqueries/census-CLA.html

 

Link to Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZD5vz1Gk5M

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salem

Canobie Lake Park

 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/75/Canobie_Lake_Park_logo_2006.jpg

 

The Canobie Lake Park carousel is a three-row mixture of Stein and Goldstein, Dentzel and Loof figures. It was constructed in 1898 and consists of 24 jumping horses, 19 standing horses, 3 menagerie animals (one lion, one deer and one goat) and two chariots. The lion is a rare signed Gustav Dentzel, and one horse is a rare signed Stein and Goldstein. The carousel has been at Canobie Lake Park since 1906. The band organ is an operating Wurlitzer 153.

 

Canobie Lake Park is beautifully landscaped and well-groomed with a very friendly, family oriented atmosphere. You can visit them on the web at http://www.canobie.com.

 

For further information:

Carousel History

NH Canobie Lake 1890s Looff-Dentzel Mix, Carousel History, August 25, 2014. http://carouselhistory.com/canobie-lake-park-1890s-looff-dentzel-mix/

 

National Carousel Association

http://carousels.org/USACensus/stdqueries/census-CLA.html

 

Link to Youtube videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZUTvWWxb3o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drNJ8XNBvmA