First off, I hope everyone who celebrates it had a great thanksgiving! It was crazy here, as it is every year lol! I have some fun pictures to share with you all as soon as I’m finished with them 🙂
This is the final post on the Albany Historical Carousel Museum, the last two posts of mine have more pictures of the carvers and their beautiful designs, now this post is the museum part of it. After we walked through the whole place we stepped into the gift shop/museum where there was a gentleman who explained what their goal was and how they were able to start it up. Here’s are a few quotes from their website that go with some of the photos I took while I was there!
“Marianne A. Stevens, often referred to as “the Grand Dame of wooden carousels”, kindly gifted this treasured and Autographed Gustav A. Dentzel carousel animal to our growing collection. As a matter of fact this is the first Dentzel animal donated to our museum.”
“The Dentzel family has also loaned a number of beautiful and unique pieces of American carousel history to our project. The centerpiece of this is a 1923 miniature carousel. The Dentzel’s carved two of these, which were Christmas tree stands used in their homes!”
“The Dentzels were the first manufacturer of carousels in America, opening their business in Philadelphia, PA back in 1870. They are a vastly important link to carousels in America and we are fortunate to have their kind support.”
“These animals are from 1895, 1905, and 1885 and represent some of the detail the Dentzels put into their work. The painted panel, featuring a variety of scenes, were used to adorn their carousels.”
I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of history with me 🙂 It was an amazing experience and a place I will be visiting again soon! If you would like to read more on this amazing place and the people who run it check out their website!