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Wurlitzer Band Organ on Flea Market Carousel
By Matthew Caulfield

In 081214 MMDigest I erroneously reported that the 1909 Looff-Mangels
carousel at Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania, owned by Mary Ann Wintersteen
and operated most recently by her in Florida, had been sold at auction,
although Mary Ann was keeping the Wurlitzer band organ and the ring
machine.  After my posting appeared, circus and amusement historian
Fred Dahlinger, Jr., emailed me to ask whether I was sure the carousel
had been auctioned.

Further checking showed that Fred's doubts were well-founded.  The
carousel was indeed put to auction in Florida by Norton Auctioneers
on April 23, 2008, with Ms. Wintersteen reserving the right to reject
offers.  She did exercise that right, and the carousel was not sold.
It has since been moved home to the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, area
and is in storage, along with its band organ, pending a better sale.

A group of locals, organized as the Brass Ring Fund, has been in
negotiation with Ms. Wintersteen, with the aim of purchasing it and
seeing it run once again in the place where it operated originally.
This is in accord with Ms. Wintersteen's wishes, the only point of
difference being the selling price.  Although no deal has been struck,
the Brass Ring Fund people hope that one eventually will be.

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York

(Message sent Wed 17 Dec 2008, 02:11:47 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Band, Carousel, Flea, Market, Organ, Wurlitzer

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