A carousel near Playa de la Concha in San Sebastian (Basque Country), Spain.
By the mid-19th century the platform carousel was developed; the animals and chariots were fixed to a circular floor that would suspend from a centre pole and rotate around. These carousels were called dobbies and were operated manually by the operator or by ponies.
In mid-19th century England, the carousel became a popular fixture at fairs. The first steam-powered mechanical roundabout, invented by Thomas Bradshaw, appeared at the Aylsham Fair in about 1861. Eventually electric motors were installed and electric lights added, giving the carousel its classic look.
April 29th, 2014
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