Merry-go-Rounds

Merry-go-Round built in Folsom in the 1950’s

Merry-go-Round built in Folsom in the 1950’s

This Merry-go-Round is part of a carnival that Burke built in Folsom prison and brought with him when he was released in 1956 The carnival to which this piece belonged would later be put on display at the Sacramento County Fair in 1960.

Merry-go-Round built in the 1970’s

Merry-go-Round built in the 1970’s

This Merry-go-Round is part of a carnival called "Playland" that Burke built in the 1970’s. Each horse and rider was meticulously carved and hand-painted by Billy. The carnival was shown at many different fairs before it was retired and sold.

Top View of previous Merry-go-Round

Top View of previous Merry-go-Round

This picture features a closer-up view of the Merry-go-Round in the previous picture. Notice the differently shaped mirrors around the roof of the ride, just like you would see in a real carnival.

Toothpick Fantasy Merry-go-Round

Toothpick Fantasy Merry-go-Round

This is the "Toothpick Fantasy" Merry-go-Round currently on display at the Musee Mecanique museum on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Notice the little gem stones used around the rim of the roof on this one.

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