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jim in paris

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fairground attraction
« on: August 18, 2019, 01:50:44 AM »

from "La Nature" 1909
reference here
http://cnum.cnam.fr/CGI/redir.cgi?4KY28.76


fun attraction :! invented by a Canadian and popular in a circus in NYC

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ps this website of old documents which have been digitalized is a great resource of information
if you enter " toupie " there are plenty of  pages of descriptions,patents and illustrations from the late 19th to the early 20th century
http://cnum.cnam.fr/
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Re: fairground attraction
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2019, 05:17:27 PM »

The human top!  Quite interesting!!!
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Re: fairground attraction
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2019, 08:12:53 PM »

Wow! It's pretty impressive! I thought I had done a pretty comprehensive search of the archive of La Nature but I don't remember that one.
I searched the name they gave it in English, wiggle-woggle, and found this postcard:



That's an amazing ride! I imagine nowadays it would be impossible with lawyers suing for induced back pain  :o
The title of the article is human top and it's compared to a Hollandaise table where the top is replaced by people, but it probably belongs to NSTR   :-\
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Re: fairground attraction
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2019, 02:08:05 AM »

it probably belongs to NSTR : agreed :'(

very nice post card : the wiggle woggle seems much larger than in the 1st pic


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Re: fairground attraction
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2019, 10:33:20 AM »

This ride would be very bouncy...and likely great fun resulting in women with busted corsets! I can't tell from the photos how the ride would be reset - how are the carriages / cars returned to the top of the ride? I also wonder if the ride stalled how the motion would be restored.
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Re: fairground attraction
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2019, 04:46:23 PM »

This ride would be very bouncy...and likely great fun resulting in women with busted corsets! I can't tell from the photos how the ride would be reset - how are the carriages / cars returned to the top of the ride? I also wonder if the ride stalled how the motion would be restored.

I see a "track" to the left edge of the ride, which looks wide enough to roll the cars back up to the top on their sides.  Maybe with the help of a winch?
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Re: fairground attraction
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2019, 08:58:43 PM »

Reminds us of Mark H's spin top plinko
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