Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Inserting the Photos in the Book...

is arduous work.  Moreso than I had thought in the beginning.  But I'm almost done.  The publication of "The Cotton Candy Roadtrip" is probably a scant few weeks away!

A bit of the exterior art from Conneaut Lake Park's "Devil's Den"

I have three more parks to "photo up", then all the photos will have been inserted.  Then I have to see how many more pages all those photos will add to the book.  Then figure out, more than likely, how many photos I'll need to omit in order for the book to stay around 300 pages...

Silver lining to the whole photo thing: I'll also be putting out a coffee table photo book sometime in the summer...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Kiddieland's German Carousel on Ebay!!!


I buy the Powerball twice a week.  I mean, someone has to win it and it might as well be me.  Because I've got plans.  Big plans.

One of those plans has to do with this particular Ebay auction.  I urge you to click on the link above and feast your eyes on the crowning jewel of the rides which ran at my beloved Kiddieland for decades, the German Carousel.  Kiddie-sized, colorful, rarest of the rare.  To scan through all the photos in the Ebay listing is like entering the time tunnel back to your childhood, where you could amble onto one of the mini sportscars and pretend you were Speed Racer.

So, please send all the positive vibes you can for this ride, that it ends up in the right hands, with someone who truly treasures it and will care for it for decades to come.  Like me.  If I win the Powerball this Wednesday, I will purchase this carousel (there - you have it in writing) and gift it to the first park that can prove to me it will give it a good forever home.

Knoebel's, are you reading this???  Del Grosso's, would you be interested???

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Prayers for Dan

If you're reading this, I'd like to request that you send some prayers and healing light to my dad, Dan Turlow, who's in the hospital with his congestive heart failure.  Thank you.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Disneyland, circa 1957


Disneyland Dumbo Ride Postcard
While scrolling through Facebook posts today, I noticed one of my favorite storybook parks, Children's Fairyland, posted this fabulous little film of Disneyland back in the very early days.  It's a treasure and it filled me with so much love for vintage parks at that very moment that I had to share.

The glorious Skyride!  Captain Hook's ship!  Monstro looking even MORE menacing!  And let's not forget the Monsanto House of the Future!

Happy Valentine's Day to one and all!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Children's Fairyland remembers two of its heroes.


To think that this fantastic children's fairytale park owes so much to these two men is overwhelming.  Such detail and heart have gone into the design and spirit of this place - it's palpable as soon as you enter its storybook gates.  Please take a few moments to read the article above and, if you can, give a donation to the park in honor of these two fine men.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Choosing pictures for the book. Not to diminish the weight of "Sophie's Choice", but...

I'm in the throes of choosing photos to include in my book.  Publishing will occur very, very soon.  I'm reading through all 300+ pages, combing through to see what images I definitely need to add.  It's been arduous, mostly because I have literally thousands to pick from.

What makes this time a little easier is knowing that once "The Cotton Candy Road Trip" is published and out, the next project will be the coffeetable book offering of the "best of the best" of the photos, taken not only at the 40+ parks, but at a number of honorable-mention parks and places.  So I know that, although I am fastidiously limiting my photos in the main book to about four per park, there will be another way to show of amazing ride vehicles, vintage structures, and those heavenly carousels.  Not to mention the mechanical fortune tellers...

Wish me luck on this leg of the "Road Trip".  It's been a trying one.