Famous Engineers of the 19th. Century

Giant Pleasure Wheels

George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. – American Bridge & Tunnel Engineer (1859-1896)

1893 – Giant Pleasure Wheel – Columbian Exposition at Chicago – ”The Queen of the Midway”

264ft. high & 790ft. in circumference – 36 passenger cars each carrying 38 people. 1368 passengers fully laden.

Giant Pleasure Wheel at the Chicago Exposition 1903
Giant Pleasure Wheel at the Chicago Exposition 1903

G.W Ferris died in poverty three years after this Giant Wheel was completed. The attraction was pulled down in 1903 and moved to the Louisiana Purchase Expo. in St. Louis and re-opened in 1904.  Finally on May 11, 1906 this Giant Wheel was demolished by a 200lb. charge of dynamite.  The name ”Ferris Wheel” is still used today.

George Washington Gale Ferris 1859 to 1896
George Washington Gale Ferris 1859 to 1896

 

 

Walter B. Bassett – British Naval Officer (1863-1907)

Giant Pleasure Wheel - Earls Court, London
Giant Pleasure Wheel – Earls Court, London

 

 

1895 – Giant Pleasure Wheel – Earls Court Oriental Exhibition, London.

276ft. high – 30 passenger cars each carrying 40 people – 1200 fully laden – 8 level loading platforms.

Pulled down for scrap in 1906.

 

1896 – Giant Pleasure Wheel – Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Lancs.

Giant Pleasure Wheel - Blackpool, Lancs. UK
Giant Pleasure Wheel – Blackpool, Lancs. UK

A ”CALL-BIRD” for the Winter Gardens. 214 ft. high – 30 passenger cars each carrying 30 people – 900 passengers fully laden. 400 tons of steel. Built to rival the 518ft. high Blackpool Tower which opened 14/5/1894.

Pulled down for scrap in October 1928. Passenger cars sold for GBP20.

 

 

 

1897 – Giant Pleasure Wheel – Reisenrad, Vienna, Austria

Giant Wheel by Walter Bassett at Prater Parc, Vienna Austria in 1935
Giant Wheel by Walter Bassett at Prater Parc, Vienna Austria in 1935

226ft. high – 30 passenger cars each carrying 20 people – 600 passengers fully laden.

Built to commemorate the 50th. Anniversary of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph’s ascension to the throne.

Famous landmark used as a location during the filming of the motion picture ”The Third Man”. Still in operation today with only 15 cars.

 

1898 – Giant Pleasure Wheel – ”La Grande Roue” – for the Paris Exposition of 1900.

La Grande Roue de Paris 1898
La Grande Roue de Paris 1898

328ft. high – 40 passenger cars – Built on the Avenue de Suffern close to the 984ft. high Eiffel Tower (built for 1889 Paris Expo.).

Pulled down in 1920. The passenger cars were used as temporary homes for some of the First World War homeless.

Wheel Wars

In 1896 there had been plans for a Giant Pleasure Wheel at New Brighton (UK), with James Weir Graydon as Proposer & Engineer (US Inventor and holder of a British Giant Wheel patent). Walter B. Bassett claimed that on 10/8/95 he had reached an agreement with Graydon that gave Bassett the exclusive rights to use the Graydon patents to build Giant Pleasure Wheels in the UK. Graydon filed a countersuit against Bassett for financial damages, due to the construction delay. This was dismissed by the Court. By this time Bassett had completed the Giant Wheels in Blackpool, Vienna and Paris, and the New Brighton project was scrapped. Bassett died nine years later on 25/5/07 at Watermouth, and was by then virtually penniless.
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LIBRARY IMAGES Chosen for Music CD

ROLLER COASTER by Red House Painters

CD - Sleeve - Red House Painters
CD – Sleeve – Red House Painters

Library images were chosen for the music CD inserts of the Red House Painters album featuring the track Roller Coaster. The Red House Painters (an Alternative Rock Group) were formed in San Francisco by singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek. These three images are composites from Library images originated in Lancashire (UK), Dorset (UK), and along the eastern seaboard of the USA.

CD Sleeve - Red House Painters
CD Insert – Red House Painters
CD Inser - Red House Painters
CD Insert – Red House Painters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Animals from the Lost Ark

Not Forgotten (includes link to movie)

Lost Mounts - FOUND
Lost Mounts – FOUND

The animal mounts from Ashleys’ 1934 Lakin Noah’s Ark ride went into storage in the early 1960’s, when the ride was converted to a Waltzer. However they made an improptu appearance in 1994 for a photo shoot. Soon after they were sold and have remained in storage. A special thank you to Michael Smith at The Fairground Heritage Centre, Milford, Lifton, Cornwall, Continue reading The Animals from the Lost Ark

101 Indian Scouts

 Revered Wall of Death Motorcycle

Skid Skinner's 'Bomb Shells' 1939 - Indian 'Scout' 101
Skid Skinner’s ‘Bomb Shells’ 1939 – Indian ‘Scout’ 101

 

 

The Indian Scout 101 motorcycle (1928-1932) was revered by Wall of Death riders as the ideal machine for trick riding. This American made motorcycle was a beautiful blend of weight and design and was also loved by the police. The Indian Scout had been around since 1920, but Continue reading 101 Indian Scouts

A LEGEND of TERROR

The most EXTREME Roller Coaster Ride – EVER

Media Image 013 - A Legend of Terror - Cyclone Coaster by Harry G. Traver, Crystal Beach, Ontario, Canada 1927-1946 (RP)

On a scale of 1 – 10 (where 10 is EXTREME FEAR), this ride was awarded a 10 – the most frightening roller coaster ever built. The Cyclone Coaster (1927 – 1946) at Crystal Beach Park, Ontario, Canada was the purveyor of this EXTREME FEAR. Designed by Harry G. Traver (The Master of Terror), this gravity ride featured (unusually) a steel superstructure to support the Continue reading A LEGEND of TERROR

THE BIG BAND SOUND

     Equal to a Band of 50 Musicians

 

Marenghi 89-Key Organ 1901
Marenghi 89-Key Organ 1901

This instrument, built by Marenghi in Paris was an 89 key organ equal to a band of fifty musicians including – Solo Violins and Bartitones; Small Flutes; Large Flutes; Flageolets; Clarinets, accompanying Violins; Altos; Violoncellos; Trombones; Basses; Xylophone; Cymbals; Big Drum and Kettle Drum. This organ measured 15 feet long by 11 feet high.

In 1901 the organ was presented to the public by Alderman P. Collins on his double wagon front Bioscope Show (cinematograph) – formerly Wall’s Ghost Show.

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Animals of the Lost Ark

Mysterious Disappearance

 

Lost Mounts - FOUND
Lost Mounts – FOUND

A host of images featuring animals from an early Noah’s Ark attraction have mysteriously surfaced after nearly twenty years. Following years in storage aboard the Ark trailer, all the animal mounts were off-loaded in the early nineties and individually photographed in a makeshift studio. Five rolls of film (ninety-nine negatives) were shot over a period of six hours. This was the last time these mounts were ever seen together in showland. Within days the negatives and prints had both disappeared into thin air. A movie may now be produced to celebrate their return into showland hands.

And so it came to pass –

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BUILDING UP a 1914 Helter Skelter

COMPLETE Build-Up of this Vintage Slip (includes link to movie)

Drakeley's 1914 Slip
Drakeley’s 1914 Slip

Charles Drakeleys’ Helter Skelter (Lighthouse Slip) was built in 1914 by Messrs. Griffiths & Morgan of Shepherds Bush, London. The attraction is 15m high, with a ground footprint of 9.5m in diameter. This is the last wooden example still travelling. The ride was re-decorated in 1995 by Susan Banner.
The 100 images which make up this movie slideshow were captured on Continue reading BUILDING UP a 1914 Helter Skelter

Collecting Postcards

Deltiology

Vintage postcard collecting has become more popular in recent years. Collecting vintage postcards is an affordable hobby that almost everyone can enjoy. Postcards can be collected on almost any theme including postcards from a certain state or region, postcards with holiday themes, postcards with animals, etc. While some postcards can be quite expensive, most still sell in the few dollar range and at times can be purchased much more inexpensively. Continue reading Collecting Postcards

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