Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Coney Built Carousel For Sale

The Associated Press has reported that a carousel built by the legendary W. F. Mangels Carousel Works of Coney Island is going up for auction later this month.

The carousel was part of a Pennsylvania amusement park for seventy years, and has more recently found itself leased to shopping centers and flea markets.

Local PA residents are reportedly quite upset at the carousel's impending sale, and hoping to raise the necessary funds (most likely between $1 million and $1.5 million) to purchase their beloved carousel back.

We at Coney Island can relate to this, as we almost lost our own Mangels built B&B Carousell. Luckily, the City of New York was able to purchase the B&B, and Coney Island will eventually get it back, restored and as good as ever. Hopefully the residents of Luzerne County, PA will be as lucky.

Northeast PA Carousel, hand-carved in 1909, to be auctioned [AP/ CBS]
Historic Looff/Mangels Carousel Going to Auction After 93 Years With One Family [The Carousel News and Trader Magazine]

- post by Ben Nadler

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