Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Carnival Time

The outdoor temperature is still a bit nippy for a spin on the Tilt-A-Whirl or the Ferris wheel, but spring reminds me that carnival time will soon be here. When I was growing up, the annual spring carnival came to the North Hill Shopping Center each May. The merchants there started Carnival Days in 1960 as a promotion, and they offered special sales for the adults and discount ride tickets for the kids. Wade Shows came in to set up the amusements. This photo is a time-exposure that my Dad took during the 1963 spring carnival at North Hill - notice the Kresge's sign in the background. The other merchants who sponsored the carnival that year were Young's Men's Wear, Welch's gift shop, Cunningham Drugs, Wrigley's, Ross Shoes, Richard's Boys' and Girls' Wear, and Krazy Kelly's Furniture & Appliances.

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