Painted Ponies: American Carousel Art (Manns & Shank) Reference Book: History of Carousels in the United States - image 1 of 12

If you love carousels, this glorious big book absolutely will take your breath away. Overflowing with dramatic, full color glorious photography and rich history, "Painted Ponies" is a must-have. This was an expensive hardcover to produce; the front cover board is impressed PAINTED PONIES and all inside pages are heavy, glossy stock that shows the illustrations off the best way possible.

Authored by authority William Manns with Peggy Shank, the book relates in great detail the history of carousels in America and their creators, from the Medieval beginnings in Europe, through the master carvers who emigrated to the United States and their work, the golden age of this dazzling form of amusement park folk art, finally bringing the reader up to date on carousels that existed when the book was written. Different chapters address different styles of carousels and major manufacturers within each: "County Fair" style carvings and machines were built to travel, with units that were broken down and trucked from fair to fair; permanent structures housed the "Coney Island" style's richly bejeweled figures and the "Philadelphia Style" carvings that were incredibly realistic and lifelike.

SIZE is an impressive approximately 12 inches by 10 inches, with a total 256 pages.

CONDITION: "Extremely gently read" and clearly carefully cared for - ! We could find NO marks in this book. There are NO stains, no ripped or torn pages. Its dust jacket has protected it quite well. It is as good as most books on store shelves are. IMPORTANT: The ONLY issue we can find is that there is scuffing on the edges of the end of the spine, BOTH top and bottom. See our last picture. You could easily disguise this with magic marker, but the dustjacket hides it well.

EDITION: 1990 Printing (copyright 1986)
PUBLISHER: Zon International Design, Inc.
ISBN: 0-939549-01-8
Library of Congress Card Catalogue # 86-51050


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