A Carousel Ride Through My Childhood’s Nostalgia


Dear Wonderful Reader,tumblr_n06czgXcbt1so4vxuo1_500Lets talk carousel, ferris wheels, and teacups. I don’t know about you but I have this growing obsession with carousels, ferris wheels, and anything carnival/circus/fair themed. I just find them so nostalgic, sentimental and meaningful.

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There is just something about them that reminds me of childhood, innocence, and lost time. They take me back to a place that I long to go to. Maybe its their fantastical designs and whimsical colors that take me to fairy lands and revive the sense of wonder I enjoyed as a child.
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“Nostalgia – it’s delicate, but potent. In Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound.” It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards… it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It let’s us travel the way a child travels – around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved.”

Don Draper, Mad Men

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“I felt so damn happy, . . . I don’t know why. It was just that she looked so damn nice, the way she kept going around and around, in her blue coat and all.

―J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

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Maybe it has something to do with how they spin round and round, and up and down. I find their movement patterns so metaphorical and representative of life, and aging. 

il_fullxfull.279553922And the seasons they go ’round and ’round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.
― Joni Mitchell, The Circle Game
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Life goes on…

Fun Fact: The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Works that I like that feature carousels and ferris wheels and all that good stuff: (Click on each link for more information!)

Uptown Girls (2003)- movie

The Notebook (2004)- movie

Mad Men- The Wheel, Season 1, Episode 13 (2007)- TV Show

Merry Go ‘Round by Kacey Musgraves- music video

Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy- music video

Hurt by Christina Aguilera- music video

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951)- novel (highly recommend it!)

Ferris Wheel by Marie Digby- song

The Following three music albums don’t explicitly mention carousels or ferris wheels but they’re so nostalgic in this way

a. Lenka by Lenka (2008)

b. Made of Bricks by Kate Nash (2007)

C. Electra Heart by Marina and the Diamonds (2012) (Love this album, but be warned it’s a little dark!)

P.S. Please share with me any works that feature the aforementioned entities.

Enjoy…

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9 thoughts on “A Carousel Ride Through My Childhood’s Nostalgia”

  1. May I suggest the Merry-Go-Round Museum, located in Sandusky, Ohio? I have been there before and it is well worth the visit if you happened to find yourself in the area.
    Also located in Sandusky is Cedar Point Amusement Park, where the world’s only known haunted carousel horse can be found in the park’s own museum. Strange, I know.

    1. Wow! thats a great suggestion. I didn’t know that there was a museum only dedicated to merry-go-rounds. Thats so cool. And how weird thats its actually located in Ohio, where I was born. This will certainly go straight to my bucket list. Thank you =]

  2. I believe there is a museum in Paris devoted to the carnival. And also several carousels dotted around the city including one near the Eiffel tower
    Just in case you are ever in France. X

    1. Oh wow, that sounds so amazing, and I would love, love to go one day. You’re right, I have been seeing many photographs by this epic ferris wheel thats located next to the Eiffel Tower and it looks divine. Thank you Shazza =]

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