PTC Carousel #28
Currently in storage
Philadelphia Toboggan Company shows 87 numbered carousels on record. Approximately 12 of those machines were known to be returned to the shop, re-configured, and sent back out with new numbers, so in actuality, PTC carved about 75 machines.Approximately 33 of these machines remain operating today or in known storage. It is thought that PTC may
have carved as many as eight portable machines, though only three of these are known of today.
The only PTC portable that you can currently ride is the 1917 PTC #45 at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA. The second portable known to exist in modern times is #34 which was broken up and sold at auction in 1986. The last remaining portable is PTC #28, built in 1914, which goes up for auction on Feb. 12 in Orlando, FL.
According to auctioneer Dave Norton, 40 of the 42 original horses will be part of the auction when the machine sells as a complete unit. There will be no bidding on individual figures.
PTC records show that the Strates Shows acquired the machine for their traveling carnival in 1946. James Strates, now 78, recalls the machine as a kid, so Strates may have owned the ride longer. The portable merrygo-round, with its factory wagon mounted center pole, traveled the Eastern Seaboard with the Strates Shows for over four decades finally being replaced by a modern double-decker machine in 1988 The machine has been in storage at Strates’ Florida home base ever since. At some point in time, the intricately-carved wooden horses were coated in fiberglass to protect them from the wear and tear of the traveling carnival. PTC #28 AT THE STRATES SHOWS PTC #28, shown above and below, with the traveling Strates Shows in the 1940s and 1950s.
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PTC Carousel #28