front of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building
Information or research assistance regarding carousels
is frequently requested from the Smithsonian Institution. The following
information has been prepared to assist those interested in this topic.
Charles, Barbara. "Merry-Go-Rounds: The Charm and
Artistry of Antique Hand-Carved Animals Recalls Joys of the Past,"
Smithsonian Magazine, July 1972, pp. 40-47. A photographic
essay with good color printing. (This issue is no longer available
from Smithsonian magazine, but may be found in many libraries.)
Dinger, Charlotte. Art of the Carousel. Green
Village, NJ: Carousel Art, Inc., 1983.
Fraley, Tobin. The Carousel Animal. Berkeley,
CA: Zephyr, 1984.
Fried, Frederick. A Pictorial History of the Carousel.
New York: A.S. Varnes, 1964. Excellent general information about merry-go-rounds.
Manns, William. Painted Ponies. Millwood, NY:
Zon International Pub., 1986.
Spillman Engineering Co. catalogue reprint and Allan
Herschell Co. catalogue reprint. Good specific information about both
the carving and machinery of these companies.
Carousel-related material, including the Spillman and
Herschell catalogues and A Pictorial History of the Carousel,
is available from the Vestal Press, P.0. Box 97, Vestal, NY 13850.
Merry-Go-Roundup, published quarterly by the
National Carousel Association. The latest information about carousels
-- restoration techniques, historical discoveries, and locations of
A subscription to Merry-Go-Roundup is a membership
benefit of the National Carousel Association. For information write
to: National Carousel Association, P.0. Box 4333, Evansville, IN 47724-0333,
Prepared by the Division of Cultural History,
National Museum of American History,
in cooperation with Public Inquiry Services,