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|Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum|
North Tonawanda, NY
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is at the restored original factory site. The company occupied this building from 1915-1959 before moving to Buffalo. In 1986, the building reopened as a museum. There is a 1940s "Kiddie Carousel" and a full-sized 1916 carousel. In addition, there are historic photos, band organ rolls, some kiddie ride pieces, woodcarving demos and a gift shop. The Allen Herschell Co. was at one time the world's largest producer of carrousels (their spelling) and amusement park devices. They made over 3,000 carousels.
The 1916 carousel was one of the first machines the company shipped and is still being restored. It has 36 horses combining two different styles. The outer horses were the modern Herschell style while the inner rows were of a more primitive style from the late 1890s. There is also a chariot and a "lover's tub" which can be spun. The carousel features a Wurlitzer band organ circa 1910. The 18-sided roundhouse in which the carousel is displayed is also a restored original building.
The 1940s "Kiddie Carousel" is made of aluminum and has been completely restored. It was created for small children to ride without adults. The horses are child-size and the machine moves more slowly.
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