A rival for Mr Whippy
By Judy Evans
November 25, 2021 5:43pm CST
While looking for something else, I came across this photo from York, in Yorkshire, England. It was in a very interesting museum that we were taken to. Hopefully, you can read the sign which says the horse-drawn roundabout operated around 1903. The roundabout was cranked by hand so you would hope a system of cogs would make that an easier chore than it might have been. What is interesting is that the children paid for a ride with glass jars and/or bottles. I wonder that they did with the jars and bottles? I love hearing the Mr Whippy song and getting an ice-cream. I wouldn’t be averse to having a merry-go-round ride either.
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Collecting rags was common, 'rag-and-bone men' used to go round knocking on doors even when I was a child. Apparently the bones were used to make fertiliser. I expect the rags were recycled in the same way they still are today. Maybe the jars were returned to businesses who needed them, in the same way as bottles used to be returned for a deposit? Nowadays most of those people collect scrap metal instead. And I have been interested to note that the families who run fun-fairs are often the same ones who also run that sort of business - one local family runs a large business hiring out skips (dumpsters) and they also have a carousel and many large rides which travel round the fairs.
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That's certainly one innovative rag-and-bone man! This was recycling before the word was invented. I wonder if he made the carousel himself? I just found some more photos of it from the museum, it's a lovely thing and quite big too! https://www.flickr.com/photos/11561957@N06/13921383249/in/photostream/
This carousel was made in Yorkshire around 1905. Lawrence Gilligan and his horse-drawn roundabout were well known on the streets of Yorkshire for forty years. Children paid for a turn with glass jars and rags if they had no money. The roundabout was hand c