The Grand Carousel
It had always been Earl Jamison's vision to have a
carousel in Peddler's Village that was fun, exciting, and visually
stimulating to children, but also elegant and beautiful for the adult
enthusiast. This commitment is evident in the new fully restored 1922
Philadelphia Toboggan Company (P.T.C.) carousel installed in July 1998.
The new carousel is grander and much more colorful than its all-white
In January 1998, Jamison, founder/creator of
Peddler's Village, found an antique carousel in deplorable condition,
stripped of its original figures, that he would save and return to its
opulent glory. The normal time required to restore a carousel of this
magnitude would be a minimum of two years, but Jamison insisted on an
accelerated completion date as to minimize the down time and not
disappoint the many Peddler's Village visitors. There would be no
compromises in the quality of the restoration even with the tight time
frame. In order to complete this task, both local and national craftsmen
and artists were hired. They were all eager to take part in this unique
Master Carver Ed Roth from Long
Beach, CA was commissioned to custom carve 46 figures in bass wood using
the traditional techniques of master carvers from a century ago. The
Learning Channel, a cable network, filmed a 60 minute program on Ed Roth
featuring the figures he was carving for Grand Carousel. Roth was
instructed to reproduce exact copies of some of the greatest carousel
figures ever carved. The Illions Supreme-style outside row jumpers have
delicate manes, real horse-hair tails, and as many as fifty glass jewels
inlaid in their beautiful trappings. The large Muller-styled Armored
King horse is magnificently reproduced in every detail. There are many
menagerie animals as well, including a Dentzel-style lion, goat,
giraffe, one spotted hog, and two rabbits.
P.T.C. #59, built in 1922
in Philadelphia, is one of the Grandest carousels ever produced during
the Golden Age of Carousels. P.T.C. is known for top-quality machines
that are both durable and beautiful. They produced a total of 89
carousels; only 26 still exist today. Each of their machines was
sequentially numbered, ours being the 59th one produced. It had been in
storage for over 13 years and was in need of a great deal of work. Earl
Jamison saved this carousel from being stripped for parts knowing that
it will bring great joy to all that visit Grand Carousel and Peddler's
P.T.C. #59 was the company's show piece at the
1922 National Association of Amusement Parks convention in Chicago.
First Park Location
Schuylkill Park, Pottsville, PA 1922 - 1927
Second Park Location
White City Park Worcester, MA 1928-1948
Third Park Location
Wedgwood Park Oklahoma City, OK 1949 - 1968
Fourth Park Location
Petticoat Junction Panama City, FL 1969 - 1985
Fifth Park Location
Grand Carousel Peddler's Village, Lahaska, PA July 1998
Facts and Features
• Built by the Philadelphian Toboggan Company, Duval Street, Germantown, PA in 1922.
• Over 950 clear light bulbs (11 watts each) creating 10,450 watts of glittering illumination.
• Forty-six hand-carved wood figures, by Master Carver Ed Roth from Long Beach, CA.
• Figures include: horses, armor horses, giraffe, goat, rooster, rabbits, lion, and spotted hog.
• Eight Outside Row figures have been converted to
Outside Row JUMPERS in the Illions Supreme style with over 30 glass
• Thirty-six scenery panels have been restored in
oil-painted landscapes, children and animals. Eighteen panels are on the
Roundingboard Shields and 18 panels are on the top of the Center
• Tin Vaulted Ceilings have been painted sky blue with clouds, birds and butterflies.
• Grand Arched Roundingboards, exemplifying the
zenith of the art form, are decorated with beautiful bouquets of flowers
on a cobalt blue field.
• Over 3,000 hours of hand painting was required to return this work of art to its original grandeur.
• At least eight horses will have REAL horse-hair tails.
• Over 500 lbs. of brass poles.
• Over 3,000 parts of the carousel were restored or re-manufactured.
• Center pole is 24' tall and over 1,500 lbs.
• The deck (platform) is stripped to its original yellow pine finish.