Ferris Wheels: An Illustrated History
"But the story does not begin or end with the star attraction at the Columbian Exposition. The idea of the Ferris wheel may be as old as the water wheel and written descriptions and drawings of pleasure wheels go back at least four centuries. And during the last hundred years, the Ferris wheel has become the universal symbol of the outdoor amusement industry and the undisputed "Queen of the Midway." Along the way, there have been dozens of experiments with design and construction - early portable wheels by Strobel, the Condermans, Sullivan and others; one-of-a-kind wheels like Schnitzler's Asbury Park wheel with a tower and Stubb's water-turned wheel at Electric Park in Waterloo, Iowa; giant wheels in London, Blackpool, Vienna, Paris and more recently in Japan; rides that in many ways resemble a Ferris wheel, but with the crowd-attracting names like the Double Whirl, Electric Star and Swooper. All of these builders and rides plus others are described in Ferris Wheels: An Illustrated History."--BOOK JACKET.
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