1964 Old Time Silver Jubilee Steam Fair

The Great White Waltham Old Time Steam Fair

Shottesbrooke Park , August Bank Holiday 1964 

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Great White Waltham Steam Fair 1964
Great White Waltham Steam Fair 1964

The Friendship Circle of Showland Fans celebrated their Silver Jubilee in 1964 with a grand Steam Fair at Shottesbrooke Park, White Waltham.  This very memorable event was extremely well organised, well promoted and very well attended by showfolk, enthusiasts and the public.

Great White Waltham Steam Fair 1964
Great White Waltham Steam Fair 1964

It was estimated that 200,000 people attended this Steam Fair over the three days.  People came from far and wide to see a traditional steam driven fairground in action.  ”Hats off” to all those who organised this truly great and memorable event.

Great White Waltham Steam Fair 1964
Great White Waltham Steam Fair 1964

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Sale of the 20th. Century

Over 700 Lots of Surplus Showland Tackle to go Under the Hammer – Preview Day

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Rightfully claimed as ”The Sale of the Century”, this mega-auction event was held towards the end of the last Century.  Surplus Fairground and Circus tackle went under the hammer in this indoor and outdoor event.  Many other surplus items were also offered for sale by a variety of vendors.  The video of this event contains images taken on the Preview Day.

To watch the Video, ”The Amusement Sale of the 20th. Century – Over 700 Lots of Surplus Showland Tackle click below :-

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Heavy Metal in the Weeds (Rust in Peace)

Abandoned Old Lorries and Amusement Tackle – Unseen Images

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R. Edwards' Scammell
R. Edwards’ Scammell

By popular request there is now a new video looking at abandoned old lorries and amusement tackle.  Our North American friends speak of the ever growing interest in images of ”Rusting Objects”, and in particular the images of abandoned classic vehicles.  Rust of course is a natural process, so it follows that this subject falls within the area of ”Natural Art”.

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The Demolition of a Giant Wheel

The Giant Wheel at Blackpool Faces the Wrecking Ball in 1928

Demolition of the Blackpool Giant Wheel in 1928
Demolition of the Blackpool Giant Wheel in 1928

After 32 years of delivering fun, the ”Jolly Wheel” (or Human Centrifuge) was coming down in 1928.  The Giant Wheel was never really able to challenge the Blackpool Tower, so the end was nigh.  Built by British Naval Engineer Walter B. Bassett, this was the second Giant Wheel out of four that he was to construct between 1895 and 1898.  Earls Court (London), Blackpool, Vienna and Paris all received variations of Bassett’s Giant Wheels.  Bassett died penniless in 1907.  In 1896 he was challenged in the Courts by James Weir Graydon, an American Giant Wheel inventor and patent holder.  Bassett claimed he had Continue reading The Demolition of a Giant Wheel

Old Lorries at Work (Previously Unseen)

Unique Imagery – 22 Makes of Lorry at Work (1930’s/40’s/50’s/60’s/70’s)

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A ”new” video featuring A.E.C.; Albion; Armstrong-Saurer; Atkinson; Bedford; Bristol; Crossley; Dennis; Diamond T; E.R.F.; Foden; F.W.D.; Guy; Leyland; Mack; Maudslay; Sentinel; Scammell; Thornycroft; Tilling-Stevens; Vulcan and White lorries on the fairgrounds between 1930 and 1970 has now been produced from Library images.

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To view the video, ”Scammell Scrapbook – Over 100 Worldwide Images Covering Most Models” – click below :-

 

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The Early Cinema Presentations

The Fairground Bioscope Show

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Taylor's Bioscope Show in 1904
Taylor’s Bioscope Show at Wanstead Flats, London in 1903

The heyday of the travelling bioscope (early silent cinematograph) shows was between the late 1890’s and the First World War. Showfolk presented picture shows on the fairground.  The show-fronts of these bioscope shows became very elaborate with ornate carvings.  Most shows also featured a large fairground organ situated on the show-front.  All the electricity was produced by steam power from a steam road locomotive stationed adjacent to the show.  A belt from the steam engines’ flywheel would drive a dynamo mounted on the front of the engine.  The dynamo could produce 110 volts D.C. – 40 amps @ 750 rpm, suitable for powering the carbon arc lighting, projector and organ. Continue reading The Early Cinema Presentations

Comparing Early Gallopers Top Motions

Rare Opportunity to Compare these Behind the Scenes Images

Gallopers Top Motion by Savages 1893
Gallopers Top Motion by Savages 1893
Gallopers Top Motion - Savages Four-Abreast c.1925
Gallopers Top Motion – Savages Four-Abreast c.1925
Gallopers Top Motion - Tidman c.1912
Gallopers Top Motion – Tidman c.1912
Gallopers Top Motion by Walkers of Tewkesbury
Gallopers Top Motion by Walkers of Tewkesbury

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Showland Verse by Eleanor Green

”Our Sole Intent is all for Your Delight

 

THOUGHTS

As my mother and grandmother did,
I watch the crowds from my caravan, go
streaming to the fair. Clad in their bright
dresses, I see that all the girls have curly hair, or
hair that waves. The men are smart and clean,
erect and proud, with money jingling in their
suits, while children hold their candy floss like
fairy food, or gay balloons sail in the air above
them like magic words, following their holders,
bobbing as they bob, or sailing smoothly with
older hands to guide them.
 
I see young people laughing on the Caterpillar,
or holding tightly to the Noah’s Ark, or swirling
with the Waltzer, while I remember their
parents and their grandparents soaring to giddy
heights on the Yachts, or riding on the Scenic –
that golden, glittering Scenic with Waterfall of
many hues – real water.
 
And then I think of those sad, tragic years
when men were on the scrap heap. That bad
depression, when precious coppers were for
food – to fill the aching belly. When miners
squatted on the curb and watched the mad
gyrations of roundabouts beckoning them to
momentary happiness. And yet, with wonder, I
saw their children come to spend their pence,
while grim faced, lean ribbed fathers laughed
just watching them.
 
by Eleanor Green (during the late 50’s whilst travelling to familiar grounds in Glasgow, Hartlepoole, Keighley etc.)
The Green Family are famous showfolk who have travelled amusements since the nineteenth Century.
 
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Library Image Chosen for Book Cover

Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Dozen

Who strangled the man in charge of the freak show at the fun fair on Hampstead Heath?

 

'The Baker Street Dozen' by Val Andrews
‘The Baker Street Dozen’ (Cover)

Val Andrews, the master crime writer, chose this 1914 image of side shows for his eighth Sherlock Holmes book. This is a collection of thirteen short stories, providing the reader with a fascinating escape into the Edwardian life of the world’s greatest detective.

Sherlock Holmes uses his consummate skill and his encyclopaedic knowledge of little know facts and obscure detail to solve each of the thirteen mysteries.

 

Published by Breese Books ISBN: 0 947533 419

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