This is a vintage 1914 Parker Carousel. It is owned by Toby’s Carnival of Arma, Kansas. Daniel, the owner, is the fourth generation to be in the carnival business. Toby was his grandfather.
I stopped by Saturday night to take a few photos and ended up staying for two hours. Daniel and the gentleman running the ride were very gracious to me. I took more photos than you might thing possible, but it is just so cool!
They’ve only owned this one about a year, when the one they had previously got damaged. It was from the 50s or 60s. They bought this one from someone in New Mexico. It still uses the wooden framework at the top, which you can see in a couple of the photos.
As far as I’m concerned, a 1914 is an upgrade. When they come back next year I want to ride it – it will be its 100th birthday, after all!
Enjoy some photos…