Japanese Quotations about Leisure

Direct Quotations from a Japanese Dossier about Leisure, Amusements and Roller Coasters

The world has now been surrounded with severe circumstances such as declining of the economy and increase of imballanced trades.  Under these situations, the re-structure of enterprises is more enviable.

In the trend of humanism from materialism, we are often criticized as economic animals.  But the time is changing our life aspect into leisure oriented life.  Now leisure is a necessary aspect of our life today.

In such demand of leisure oriented life, it is believed to extend amusement facilities further into various ways, in order to create and develop new but happier and more human leisure concepts for the age of humanism.  Based on these mottos, in addition to this, our time demands in the trend of Industrial culture.

Roller  coasters are the greatest thrills and Continue reading Japanese Quotations about Leisure

”Thrilling Modern Craze”

Bishton’s ”Ski Ride” – Adult Amusement Riding Machine

Is there anyone still alive after riding this brute?  The definition of BRUTE speaks for ”Stupid”, ”Cruel”, ”Beast-like”, and ”Unreasoning Force”.  This adult amusement riding machine was rumoured to be all of these things!  An accident waiting to happen!  Even the decorations to the ride depicts everybody falling over!

Are you a survivor after riding this machine?  Do you know of any survivors?  We want to hear about riders experiences on this unusual riding machine – PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT.

Bishton's 'Ski Ride' at Nottingham
Bishton’s ‘Ski Ride’ at Nottingham

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Showland Family Paintings

Bensons – The Surrey Showland Family who have Travelled Amusements for over 100 Years

The ”Lost” Family Paintings

It is always such a pleasure to be in a position to display paintings from showland.  These paintings from the Benson family capture the firms’ transport and the colours of the fairground.  Hats off to our showfolk and best wishes for a good 2013 season.

Benson's Living Wagon
Benson’s Living Wagon 
Benson's Scammell Tractors
Benson’s Scammell Tractors
Benson's Scammell Pioneer and Foden Tractors
Benson’s Scammell Pioneer and Foden Tractor







Benson's Speedway Ark
Benson’s Speedway Ark


Benson's Tackle
Benson’s Tackle

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Dreamland the Amazement Park

Dreamland, Margate – The Funshine Capital of the South-East

Media Image 042 - Girls on the Dodgems, Margate, Kent 1951 (RP)

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Dreamland Amusement Park dates from 1863 when buildings opened as a restaurant and dance hall.  Known then as the ‘Hall by the Sea’, the business was sold in about 1870.  Circus Boss ‘Lord’ George Sanger eventually became the sole proprietor of the site together with further adjacent land to the rear.  A menagerie and circular riding machines were some of the early features of the Pleasure Gardens.  Following Sanger’s death in 1911, the site was subsequently acquired in 1919 by amusement entrepreneur John H. Illes.  He renamed the site ‘Dreamland’ after visiting the Dreamland Amusement Park at Coney Island, Brooklyn NY.  The Illes family already owned and operated amusement facilities both here and abroad.  The first new major adult riding machine was opened to the public in 1920.  The ‘Scenic Railway’ was a flanged wheel coaster withMedia Image 045 - On the Scenic Railway, Margate, Kent 1951 (RP) Continue reading Dreamland the Amazement Park

The Father of the Gravity Ride

La Marcus Adna Thompson 1848 to 1919

L.A. Thompson Switchback Gravity Railway - Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY USA
L.A. Thompson Switchback Gravity Railway – Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY USA

Born in Jersey, Ohio on 8th. March 1848, he was the eighth of ten children.  From an early age he had designed and built toys and invented farm equipment.  Even at the age of seventeen he was condsidered to be a master carpenter, building farms without help.  He went on to devise seemless hosiery, and by 1877 had formed a partnership in a mill making scarfs and mittens etc.  During the early 1880’s ill health forced Thompson to sell-up and follow another path.  Inventing amusement riding machines became his passion.  On 13th. June 1884 he opened his Switchback Gravity Railway at Coney Island, Brooklyn NY.  This really was the birth of the roller coaster that we recognise today.  This rather basic ‘out ‘n’ back’ amusement ride was however Continue reading The Father of the Gravity Ride

Fred Fowle ‘The Master’ Fairground Artist

‘Futuristic Fred’ (1914 to 1983) – Classic Fairground Artist

Fairground Decoration to R. Edwards Dodg'ems by Fred Fowle
Decorations to Edwards’ Dodg’ems by Fred Fowle

Fred Fowle was a classic fairground artist who decorated many of the leading showfolks’ tackle.  He upheld the tradition of classic fairground art.  His incredible 3D images seemed to somehow mimic the actual motion of individual amusement riding machines.  He was in a class of his own, especially with ‘marbling’ and ‘diminishing dropshade (with deep perspective)’ techniques, often using partridge feathers instead of brushes to achieve unbelievable results with paint.

Fred Fowles' Decoration to Edwards' Dodg'em Track
Fred Fowles’ Decoration to Edwards’ Dodg’em Track

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Ripon Fair 1900 & 1960

Compare Ripon Fair – 1900 & 1960


Ripon Fair (West Side) 1900
Ripon Fair (West Side) 1900
Ripon Fair (West Side) 1960
Ripon Fair (West Side) 1960
Ripon Fair (South Side) 1900
Ripon Fair (South Side) 1900




Ripon Fair (South Side) 1960
Ripon Fair (South Side) 1960

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Showland Poems

”Gallopers” & ”Fun for All” by Showman John Studt

Don't Forget Studt's Amusements (Back - Welsh)

Studt's Dodg'em Rhyme
Studt’s Dodg’em Rhyme
Studt's 'Fun for All' Rhyme
Studt’s ‘Fun for All’ Rhyme
Studt's Gallpoers (The Ever Popular Horse)
Studt’s Gallpoers (The Ever Popular Horse)
Studt's 'The Perfect Cure'
Studt’s ‘The Perfect Cure’

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‘Old Bill’ Still Rides to the Fair

Bruce Bairnsfather (1888 to 1959)

Old Bill Still Rides to the Fair

Bruce Bairnsfather was officially appointed British Officer Cartoonist.  To many he became the ‘Man who won the 1914/18 War’.  He created the best known cartoon character of the First World War – ‘Old Bill’, and became world famous for his cartoon captioned, ‘Well if you knows of a better ‘ole, go to it’.  His work can be found on plates, ashtrays and memorabilia.  A southern showland family have owned a bronze mascot of ‘Old Bill’ since it became available on the 9th. May 1919.  This mascot has adorned many a radiator cap on their transport over the years, and is pictured here on the firms’ Scammell Highwayman tractor.  Any yes – ‘Old Bill’ STILL rides to the fairgrounds.

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