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Circa 1957 Fred Parsons

"Reaching for the Brass Ring" - Coney Island, NY Circa 1957

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For those of you not as old as I, when you went on this merry go round,
or others like the one at Martha's Vineyard (may not still be there),
you could reach out and try to grab a ring as you rode by. Most all the
rings were silver colored, but if you got a brass ring, you could give
it to the merry go round operator for a free ride. There is,or was, and
expression "Reaching for the brass ring" meaning hoping to have good luck.
Finally, I think there was a spike or nail on the horse's head where you
could put and store the rings - but the basket makes me think you could also
throw the non brass rings back into the basket. Anyone remember?

Nikon S-2 35mm range finder,135 Telephoto lens,AnscoChrome 35mm
F stop etc not recorded scanned 5.20.08 on a Minolta DiMage Elite 5400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
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Didier Vanderperre08-Aug-2013 02:10
Nice piece of Americana Fred !
Mindy McNaugher28-May-2008 04:11
Yes, they did that on the merry-go-round in Ocean City, NJ too! (Though in the '70's!) Great memories!! Fun shot!! Vote!
Claude Martin23-May-2008 06:28
Very nice shot, and interesting. Thanks for sharing....!