Music, Mirrors, Motion, Magic

posted by Sharon January 24, 2012 9 Comments
Cape Cod

Do you know the story of the carousel? It is the story of our search for rest, relaxation, entertainment, enjoyment. In America, carousels were often built in the parks at the end of a trolley line. Get off the trolley, leave your everyday worries, gravitate toward towards the music, the mirrors, the motion, the magic. Climb on that beautiful wooden horse and whirl around and around. Dare you not to smile!

The golden age of the carousel in America was about 1880 to the Depression, when production of the handcarved horses stopped. Thousands of carousels fell into disrepair for decades. At the end of the 20th century, though, more and more people realized the heritage we have in these twirling rides. Thanks to restoration efforts, hundreds of “flying horses” once again thrill young and old. These lovely wooden handpainted animals are part of the Heritage Museum in Sandwich, Massachusetts. The stunning detail and lively colors of these vintage horses amaze and delight.

It’s true for me. Ride the carousel, forget your troubles, smile big. I dare you to whirl without grinning. Here’s my family enjoying a carousel ride in Indiana . . .

How about you? How do you relax and mentally whirl away from whatever’s wearing at you? What do you find at the end of the day’s “trolley ride” that refreshes you?

Linking up with Texture Tuesdays, where the theme for this week is “story.” The carousel photos use Kim Klassen’s testure “History.” The photo of my family (which I didn’t shoot — I’m in it!) uses the texture “Shade of November.” Also linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesday and Leigh vs Laundry.

 

 

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9 Comments

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Cedar January 24, 2012 at 6:19 am

Fun! I love carousals!

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Kaylene Maalste January 24, 2012 at 7:01 am

A great reminder of childhood, could not wait to have a ride when circus came to town. Great images

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Jessica January 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I love carousals too!!! I loved taking my girls on them when they were little.

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secret mom thoughts January 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Beautiful carousel and photos.

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Sue January 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I loved riding the carousel when I was young.

I still do, on occasion!

=)

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Pat January 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I love the close-up shots of the carousel horses!

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Nics Cahill January 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm

These are great shots, I love the story of the carousel, and I can hear the music from looking at your shots, especially the detail one’s. Happy Tuesday

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Suzanne January 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

Love your images they are just gorgeous, thanks for sharing.
Blessings Suzanne

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Carolyn January 29, 2012 at 6:03 am

My ex just gave me a coffee table book called Painted Ponies. He remembered that I had said I wanted a carousel horse in my living room some day. Don’t have that, but I do have a rocking horse for my four grandsons! Riding the “ponies” was my favorite thing to do on a Saturday afternoon as a child. Anyone remember the amusement park next to the “8” freeway more than 50 years ago? That’s where we rode! I remembered my siblings and I all cried and carried on when we had to go home. So glad my folks kept taking us there in spite of our behavior! 🙂

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