A rival for Mr Whippy

@JudyEv (259837)
Rockingham, Australia
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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@CarolDM (164135)
• United States
26 Nov
That is very interesting, would like to know more.
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@Fleura (17890)
• United Kingdom
26 Nov
@JudyEv I haven't managed to find out any more about it other than more pictures. It features on several sites but they all seem to have photos and the same text from the museum.
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@Fleura I couldn't find anything extra about it either.
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@DaddyEvil (63908)
• United States
25 Nov
I'd like to know what they did with the glass and rags, too.
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
Maybe glass was not so common then and valued more for storage or whatever.
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@Fleura (17890)
• United Kingdom
26 Nov
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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@DaddyEvil (63908)
• United States
26 Nov
@Fleura Bottles here can still be returned for a deposit. I've never heard of any of the rest of that but it's possible I'm from too small a place for that to have been worth it here.
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@franxav (11225)
• India
26 Nov
Now in Bengal (India) we see small merry go rounds in every fair. Children love them!
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
They do indeed and mostly the little ones are quite safe on these.
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@RasmaSandra (49230)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
25 Nov
Great photo and great memories for you,
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
It was a really interesting museum but not one you could hurry through.
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@Happy2BeMe (96016)
• Canada
25 Nov
That is very interesting.
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
I thought it interesting too.
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@popciclecold (23602)
• United States
26 Nov
I'd like to know too, what they did with jars and bottles.
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
Maybe glass wasn't so common then and they were used for storage. Or maybe Mrs Gilligan made a lot of chutney!
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@Fleura (17890)
• United Kingdom
26 Nov
@JudyEv I expect they exchanged the jars somewhere for cash, in the same way as bottles used to be returned for a deposit.
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@Fleura Yes, that's a fair enough assumption.
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@1creekgirl (28731)
• United States
26 Nov
That's such a cool story. I think it's unanimous...we all want to know more if you can!
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
Did you read on the notice they were known as Ma and Pa Jingle Bells?
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@1creekgirl (28731)
• United States
26 Nov
@JudyEv Yes, that is so cute! I know those kids all had fun.
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@rakski (103677)
• Philippines
26 Nov
I wonder what they do with glass jars
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
Maybe glass was more valuable then. For storage or whatever.
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@rakski (103677)
• Philippines
26 Nov
@JudyEv that could be a possibility
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@RubyHawk (45694)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Nov
I would.love a merry go round ride. You never get too old to ride a merry go round.
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
That's what I think too - as long as the horses are big enough to hold us.
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@RubyHawk (45694)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Nov
@JudyEv I’ve never seen a merry go round drawn by-horses Only the mechanical ones..
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@kaylachan (28067)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
26 Nov
That's one way to pay for something.
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
I guess children were more likely to be able to rustle up a glass jar than a coin.
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@wolfgirl569 (52354)
• Marion, Ohio
26 Nov
It would be fun to know more about it.
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@just4him (258274)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov
How wonderful for the children at that time.
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
I can imagine how they would have flocked to the roundabout.
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@just4him (258274)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Nov
@JudyEv Me too. It was one of my favorite rides as a kid.
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@jstory07 (113556)
• Roseburg, Oregon
26 Nov
That is really interesting. i could go for a merry go round ride. I like to go up and down on the horses.
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
I loved merry-go-rounds when I was a child.
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@Ronrybs (13142)
• London, England
26 Nov
I do love York. Must have had muscles like Arnie after cranking that all day!
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
You'd think so. Otherwise it had a heap of cogs to make the chore easier.
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@Ronrybs (13142)
• London, England
26 Nov
@JudyEv Not sure I'd like to be stuck around screaming kids all day!
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
@Ronrybs Not my cup of tea either - but I could ride on the merry-go-round easily enough.
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@rebelann (92550)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Nov
Perhaps his wife used the jars for canning and the rags for cleaning. So whose Mr Whippy?
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
Mr Whippy is a mobile ice-cream van. It drives around the streets playing 'Greensleeves' and kids (and adults like me) come running. lol
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@rebelann (92550)
• El Paso, Texas
27 Nov
Ahhh, ok, now I get it.
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@DocAndersen (53165)
• United States
26 Nov
we had one in the children's museum of Indianapolis - amazing! ice cream sounds good, but, had enough sugar yesterday for a few days!
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
Yes, there can be such a thing as too much sugar. I haven't encountered it too often.
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@DocAndersen (53165)
• United States
26 Nov
@JudyEv indeed, that was my yesterday. Today I am relaxing and not eating sugar!
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@Fleura (17890)
• United Kingdom
26 Nov
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
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
Thanks for the extra photo. It looks like about 8 horses and two cars.
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@Fleura (17890)
• United Kingdom
26 Nov
@JudyEv There are several pictures in the photostream.
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@Dena91 (16197)
• United States
26 Nov
How interesting. Thanks for sharing with us.
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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@BarBaraPrz (34111)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
26 Nov
Interesting.
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
Thanks.
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@LindaOHio (79437)
• United States
26 Nov
I'd love to know what they did with the glass jars and bottles.
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@JudyEv (259837)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
Maybe she made a lot of chutney.
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