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WFM AMPR - NEW YORK CITY, THURSDAY, MAY 31, 1934 Carrousel...
NEW YORK CITY, THURSDAY, MAY 31, 1934 Carrousel King Turns to Other Playthings The Merry-Co-Round Merry-Co-Round Merry-Co-Round Merry-Co-Round Merry-Co-Round Business Isn't What It Used to Be, Discloses William F. Mangels, Inventor of the Whip Ride By GEORGE CVRRIE William F. Mangels, head of the company which makes more merry-go-rounds merry-go-rounds merry-go-rounds merry-go-rounds merry-go-rounds always called "carrousels" by the showmen than anybody else in the world has lived to see his original business shot from under him by the depression. He is now a cheerful manufactuer of large-sized large-sized large-sized amusement park toys who has never gotten over being amused by what he makes. And because this isn't the first depression he has beamed upon through puckish bright brown eyes, the big bad wolf can't scare him. No, sir, he turns to the making of other gaudy commercial playthings playthings calculated to lure dimes and quarters from the customers in return return for a good time. "We're experimenting with a streamlined kiddy train right now," he said, explaining the section of track with one switch wheh ran the length and breadth of his sprawling. factory on W. 8th St. in Coney! r Island. "All aluminum. Just like the Burlington's." Introducing kiildv-Milrs kiildv-Milrs kiildv-Milrs He's already thought up a gag-line gag-line gag-line for his streamlined limited. "Goes 100 kiddy-miles kiddy-miles kiddy-miles per hour," it reads. "And what is a kiddy mile?"' I asked. "Don't know," he grinned, "but it will be a good safe ride, you can count on that. And we've put a propeller on the engine. We're even a jump ahead of the Burlington." The merry-go-round merry-go-round merry-go-round merry-go-round merry-go-round business at present consists mostly of making little carrousels mounted on little trucks. The small Mahomet being unable to go to his tinkling, giddy small gasoline-driven gasoline-driven gasoline-driven mountain, the mountain comes chugging accom modatingly over to Mahomet. Mr. Mangels has them or rather rides similar to them, for as low as $600. He even has a 16-foot 16-foot 16-foot high Ferris wheel as low as $1,500, Just in case you might want a Ferris wheel for the rock garden. Bigger Ferris wheels have to be cut to the size of your amusement park. The chance to spend a lot of money on a Ferris wheel is practically boundless. Mr. Mangels invented the Whip, a thing that throws you about in a big bucket of a car, giving you a perfectly perfectly good excuse to put a protecting protecting arm around your best girl and comfort her while she squeals and hollers. Although she gets a little scared. Mr. Mangels' customers have made a lot of money from the discovery discovery that most often she doesn't mind getting a little scared again. The Prince of Wales once burnt a cigarette hole in the cushion of the Whip at Blackpool. The Whip is really a form of merry-go-round, merry-go-round, merry-go-round, merry-go-round, merry-go-round, without the music and the rings, so to speak. Mr. Mangels has made them for places all over the world. The one working working furthest from Coney Island is in Dunedin, New Zealand. But as for the straight, big carrousel with its wheezy orchestrion, its bobbing horses and silently roaring tigers and lions, nowadays he hardly ever gets an order for even one. Those who have them stand pat on what thev have. He sells them spare parts. Banks Run Amusements "These are pretty bad days for the amusement parts." he said. "The automobile has cut into their clientele, clientele, not to mention hard times. You'd be surprised how many banks write to me about scenic railways and rides. Who'd ever think that a bank would get Into the business of coaxing folks to pay a dime to take a ride on an airplane merry-go-rcund?" merry-go-rcund?" merry-go-rcund?" merry-go-rcund?" merry-go-rcund?" Right this very moment the L. A. Thompson scenic railway at Coney Island, once the wonder of Surf Ave., is In the hands of a big Brooklyn Brooklyn bank. Mr. Mangels says the bank, however, Is pretty anxious to get rid of it, and comparatively dirt cheap at that. It seems that the bank has no vice president in charge of spielers or anything like one. In fact, it admits it Is a little embarrassed to be the owner of a scenic railway, mortgage or no mortgage. "The mayor of a town out In the Middle West wrote me about how to run an amusement park." Mr. Mangels chuckled. "He didn't fool me. I knew that park was away behind behind In Its taxes. Just think of a board of aldermen getting all hot and bothered over a new coat of paint for a roller-coaster roller-coaster roller-coaster or new cars for a shoot-the-chule shoot-the-chule shoot-the-chule shoot-the-chule shoot-the-chule ." But the amusement makers are always thinking up new dodges for dime-catchers. dime-catchers. dime-catchers. As we sat. sipping a very good cocktail and sticking our forks Into an even better deviled crab, he pointed to a boat ride across the street. "That came from England," he snickered. "And what a time they had with It at first." The little boats, riding In water as blue as the sky above because the big tank was painted sky blue on the bottom, get their electric current current from their masts, wl, ,i act as trolleys against a charge meshed wire roof. Those Free Rides A 1 W lr ' it Vf'Ts ' ' M 4 pvmwmwmmiJfi llHl f fr ' if ' - "11 ' ' sffifevN I' Urn 1 H'. SKOf'""'l - 1 t,,. - J-'."I" J-'."I" J-'."I" "II i - rr- rr- . ,j r"1" ' ' " ' ' II illiam F. M n n f e I linurn for the ctiiiirrntntm irli Tom Thumb' ronrh, prrnrnlrtl the luttrr hy ihr late Queen Y ietaria in J8. At the left it the intention of a man who thought he and hi irie wanted a lot of energy twinging in the garden on a Mar afternoon. So he hitrhed up the family ihnrn. rlolhet washer and "When you are ready e will fciicfc taw. Oddly, he had iad to present it to you with at-; testing documents." At the Smith-the Smith-the prinrinle of the mod-; mod-; mod-; sonian everything has to have i i 1 1- 1- pedigree down in black and em garden douhle Hiring , a . , ,t. . , iSo, too, at this Coney in the fool-treadle, fool-treadle, fool-treadle, hut he j Museum. It has the most plete couccuon oi copies oi recrea tion patents in the world. lory of the pleasure ride models. He said that was 'And when do you begin?' he We said, 'With Thompson's ride.' He said. "You'll have to better than that'." It seemed that down in the cellar of the Smithsonian was a stretch of woven bunches of the ends lapping over the bunch like shingles on a roof. came from the Fiji Islands the natives, on Sunday or Fourth of July or whatever they used for jolly occasions, take this long grass thing, lay it the side of a hill and then, on their own grass mats, go down to the bottom. "And that dates back to years ago," said Dr. Wetmore. didn't know it. When No. 8 goes out, the attendant pulls down lever No. 8. If the ride is to be three minutes, it takes the lever three minutes to go back into its slot. When it gets back it lights a big figvire eight overhead, which means, naturally, that boat No. 8 had better come home. If it doesn't, an attendant in rubber hip boots wades out and tows it in. The boat ride owners were so happy they told all their friends and the day after the device was installed installed Mr. Mangels received a hurry-up hurry-up hurry-up order for another, to be put in at Revere Bvach, just outside of Boston. "But you came down to see the American Museum of Public Recreation, Recreation, sponsored by the National Association of Amusement Parks." Interrupted Mr. Mangels, suddenly getting formal. I told him I came down to get a story but he wouldn't listen. He is a trustee of the museum, and very proud ot the fact that while Cleveland and Chicago bid for it, each offering a fine home, the national national association decided Coney Island was the proper place. It fs housed in a neat cement-block cement-block cement-block building on W. 8th St., about 100 yards away ftom Mr. Mangels' rambling brick factory. We went in and vou never saw such a collection. There Is Tom Thumb's tiny coach, presented to him by Queen Victoria on Sept. 6, 1854. Emblazoned on the door in t?llt are the three royal Hons of used for breaking ground for the boardwalk. There is one of Sylvester Sylvester Roper's charcoal-burning charcoal-burning charcoal-burning steam-driven steam-driven steam-driven motorcycles, dated 1889. There is a model of W. Sas-sack's Sas-sack's Sas-sack's ingenious "round-about" "round-about" "round-about" in which you sat as a motor-driven motor-driven motor-driven contraption took you through the figure eight. W. Sassack was from Brooklyn, but the copy of the patent had become turned over in the glass case and we couldn't at the moment quite make out the date. Drunks Killed the Loop All the models work in the Museum of Public Recreation. They said Mr. Mangels many and the famous Scottish showman, K. H. Bostock, now 71 years old he visited the museum just the other day presented the head of a lion which killed three men in Glasgow in three days, or maybe it was three hours. Oddly it looked like a nice gentle kittycat, which only goes to show you never can tell. There is a full line of puppets, an old music box that plays "Abide With Me" with trills mid Guy Lom-bardo Lom-bardo Lom-bardo effects, an Edison kineto-scope. kineto-scope. kineto-scope. "Edison wouldn't put his movies on the .screen because he was afraid it would kill off his kinetoscope." Somebody beat I Just an Energy-Saver Energy-Saver Energy-Saver are built in its own model shop The niftiest, of course, is the model of the loop-the-loop loop-the-loop loop-the-loop loop-the-loop loop-the-loop of monel metal and costing $3,100 to make on a scale of two-thirds two-thirds two-thirds of an Inch to the foot. "It was Invented in 1901," said Mr. Mangels, "people used to talk a lot about babies getting suffocated suffocated In their mothers' arms on the ride, but that wasn't the reason it failed. It was safe enough if you stayed sober. Smarties would get liquored up in the Bowery and in sist upon standing up in the loop the sage of Menlo Park to it and he had the dubious satisfaction or finding out his judgment had been correct, for the kinetoscope is now a museum piece, though there are still tilings like it in penny arcades. "You know, we had a funny experience experience when we first started the museum," continued Mr. Mangels. He pointed to a model of the origi nal L. A. Thompson ride, dated 1884. Mr. Mangels has a "This thing here is a funny said Mr. Mangels, showing a of a swing. The inventor it was a shame all the energy and his wife used while swinging the backyard should go to waste, he hooked up the family churn, the family wash tub and family buck saw alongside. seems a little fantastic now. notice" he set it in motion worked out the mechanics of translating pendulum motion into rotary motion. And look at trer.dle. It's just the same as that used tociay in the swing. He had something and didn't know it." One of Mr. Mangels' own triumphs has no model in museum. It is the big swimming tank at Palisades Park. Schenck brothers, Joe and got him to put it in. He had built a swimming tank before, when he was through, he rigged up flopping pontoons so cute little waves would break the imitation beach at the end. cither straight ahead, slight w'ie either way or curved. That wasn t exactly mv own vention." he said. "They had limp and carries a rubber-tipped rubber-tipped rubber-tipped rnnp whlrh one susDCcts he finds most useful as a Dointer when de- de- ; thing like It at the famous the-loop the-loop the-loop car. Well, you stood up scribing exnibits in this museum Baths in Pan Francisco. But it only once in your life while taking I thut seems to be his hobby. i 'he first I ever tinkered with. that ride, so it was Just too bad.! "We wnnt to visit Dr. Alexander was always nara to say 'No: to Smashrd-up Smashrd-up Smashrd-up drunks, not suffocated ; Wetmore at the Smithsonian Insti- Insti- "d Nick. 1 suppose If they babies killed the loop-the-loop." loop-the-loop." loop-the-loop." loop-the-loop." loop-the-loop." i tute," he said. "Dr. Wetmore asked wanted a ride to the moon I The museum has a nnir of skates I ihjt mir nlans u-pre u-pre u-pre We told him have had to figure It out." England. There Is the silver shovel with reversible blades from Gcr- Gcr- to trace out. for example, the his- his- ' He seemed glad that Joe I wick nao cot so deep into movie business that there was longer much chance they would i for a ride to the moon. He never forset how, before their days, thev talked him into a small coaster on $400 capital. cost $1,200 just to put it up." Mr. Mangels. "It marie me Maggie Monk Stops the Trains Helen, that gal who launched a i In no time at all she had shlnnled thousand ships, has nothing on up to the tracks and took up a po-M.iggle po-M.iggle po-M.iggle she stopped a thousand sltlon on the outer end of one of trains, more or less. Mangle, a coy and comely chimpanzee, chimpanzee, pulled Into town yesterday from Chicago Jus. about the time the fleet got In. Somehow. Maggie got wind of It and, her feminine curiosity aroused, she decided she would try to get a bud s-eye s-eye s-eye view of nu'ii-of-war. nu'ii-of-war. nu'ii-of-war. nu'ii-of-war. nu'ii-of-war. Little bovs and 111 tie girls and sometimes their papas and mamas would get Into the boats and go salhiiu off. Now, the object of a ride is to collect money from the ruslomers. At first the attendants tried to keep track of the order In which the electric navigators went out. They found themselves picking picking on customers who hadn't been out even minute, while smart ones kept bwhv over In the corner and would ride for five and ten minutes minutes at a dip Very few eop!c were connit'til lous enough to time themselves on this Coney Island boat ride and there r quite a lot of bad feeling. So the ride owners came to Mr. Mangels, "Figure us out a wav to rherk on each ride.'' they pleaded i in a panic So when none of her rhapcroncs were looking. Mangle hopped out of a back window In an animal col ony at 12th St. and Surf Ave.. In Coney Island, where she Is slated the ties 25 feet above the street and about eight inches from the third rail. By this time Maggie's high flying antics had attracted a large audience audience on the street below, not the least Interested of whom were Richard Croner and Anthonv Dcs- Dcs- Uncle Sam's j serman. who are connected with the coming exhibition and still had hopes there would toe enough left of Maggie to exhibit. Croner and Desserman took turns trying to conx Maggie to come down to eRrth but she Just gave to go on public exhibition In a few them one of those "come-get-me "come-get-me "come-get-me "come-get-me "come-get-me navs. ann msne for a post of the looks, Culvrr Line elevated. from the third rail by now. and fearing that she would depart this life in a something was done about it. Cro burst of flames unless ' I didn't have much money. But I cTirln t have to wait a single B'hun Ihn ,-rttt ,-rttt ,-rttt foil ner and Desserman put in a hurry . . m ' call to the otllccs ot the B. M. I. and in a few minutes the current I? mo I- I- K-n K-n K-n fn TT'ir was stopped - and so were the 1 H ,))K1) 11 10 "C 8 Performances Opera Next Season trains. Th-'n Th-'n Th-'n Croner and Desserman grabbed Maggie's black traveling trunk, hoisted it up on the tracks, stuffed her into it and took her safely back to the exhibition grounds This done, the current was turned on again and the trains permitted to proceed with their large holiday crowds. Maggie had Interrupted Maggie was less than six inches service for six minutes. Gettysburg, Pa., Mny 31 (A) Gettysburg's historic battlefield, the rall-splltter's rall-splltter's rall-splltter's compliments for where once Abraham Lincoln dedl-1 dedl-1 dedl-1 her singing at the battlefields raU'd a nation to unity. Is again the ' dedication, greeted Roosevelt as he wene of a people's consecration ascended the rostrum. She was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's; Mrs. M. O. Smith of Hanover, Inure Grttyihurg The Metropolitan Opera has completed arrangements to return to Brooklyn for the 1935 season, and Instead of the six performances in the of Music, will give eight, to announcement today by Van Smderen, president of board of Directors of the The performances, under the mere s p of a girl when she drew . lsm and condemned the "three c.,n on Jan. B. and dales of elements " hindering progress, which appearances are Jan. 22 and he declared to be: Feb. 12 nnd 26 and Marrh Roosevelt Pleads for Brotherhood rail for a "new understanding" of broiherhond Under the same trees, facing the name graves, on almost the same spot that Lincoln delivered his Immortal Immortal address m fl.l, the President yesterday sounded his plea to thou "Those who seek to Mir up pol,t- pol,t- ,,u", b' leal .,,(, - . Kxtiji ' I The the announcement state.; 'will r-m:iln r-m:iln r-m:iln the :imn advantage by the distortion of ; the season recent !v ended, '.acts; those who. hv drrllnlni? in ' nfmHvn .. .n t,r.. ,..n i n,- n,- Before being shown the hallowed ; follow the rules of the game seek ! lotment of silvers and the snds who gathered from far and He got out his drawing bnnrd i near to hear his Memorial Dsv ut- ut- and made them a timing rievlre j terances with, levert numbered for eacb boat, A ahite-hautd ahite-hautd ahite-hautd woman of 83, a spots of the battlefield cemetery. (ha President fourth to observe Memorial Day at Oettyshurg rode In an open car through Gettysburg's streets. A tremendous rrnwd greeted the President at the Gettysburg battle, field. There ho declared acctional- acctional- the announcement ... on nii,ir ntiviuuKC over or repertoire those who live up to the rules, nnd I Mr- Mr- .mvhii.. those few who still, they stated, continuance of the opera never have been willing to take an I both Brooklyn and Manhattan, .i.c .-sU .-sU .-sU in ineir icuow Americans, with the ticket holders, and a ram-dw'ell inside their own narrow ! palcn for subscribers will spheres snd still represent the self. be inaugurated under the aa-plce aa-plce Ishness of sectionalism, which has of the Women's Opera no p.ace In our national life." I and Opera Club.

Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle31 May 1934, ThuPage 17

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)31 May 1934, ThuPage 17
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