French carousel

Governor’s Island, New York City hosted a vintage French carnival this summer. I rode a  Vélocipèdes and took in the sights and sounds whilst considering that these rides existed in 1900s Paris and may have well played host to my grandfather and his siblings.

Fête Paradiso - 1900s garb

Fête Paradiso – 1900s garb

Did these re-enactment types capture the style if the period? I think they might be dressed in too much white.

Chardin family photo of my Parisian relatives sailing in about 1909. Not a lot of white clothing.

Chardin family holiday snap in France in 1909. Not a lot of white clothing.

 

Vintage French carousel

Vintage French carousel

Detail - vintage French carousel

Detail – vintage French carousel

Although riding in a Pig Carriage may have fallen out of favor?

Although riding in a Pig Carriage may have fallen out of favor?

It’s also fun to note that many of the songs we have in our minds when we think of carnivals date back to this era and perhaps even this gorgeous, stupendous machine:

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