More To See
CW Parker Cylinder Piano
The Museum received quite a donation - a C.W. Parker Cylinder Piano, from H.B. Turner, President of Heatron, Leavenworth, KS. The piano was in a house that his Mother bought in Quincy Illinois. It is shaped like a small upright piano, and has piano keys that strike chords. This piano is from the Abilene era of Parkers business. Around 1900, Parker sold "Cylinder Pianos" with his name on them - - although they were made in either Germany or Austria. It has a selector for 10 different tunes, and a handcrank to turn the cylinder to produce the tune.
Primitive Flying Horse Carousel
Built in Maryland in the mid-1800's by woodcarvers and wheel-wrights. This hand-cranked, hand-made machine is on loan to us from the National Carousel Association.
Artizan A-X-1 Band Organ
This band organ is typical of the type of organ Mr. Parker used on his small carousels. It will provide the music for our 1913 Parker Carousel. The money to purchase this band organ was donated by Melissa Etheridge, as a tribute to the people of Leavenworth, - her hometown. A news article was published in the Leavenworth Paper about Melissa Etheridge donating the money. The article was picked up and distributed throughout the USA. This resulted in another band organ being donated to the museum.
Wurlitzer 153 Band Organ
This band organ is an electronically modified band organ, that was donated to us by Gary & Wanda Villet, of Blanchard, Michigan. It also plays the Wurlitzer 125 rolls. An added option came with it of a coin slot to play band organ music, so it becomes another fund raising system for the museum. We plan to use this organ as a backup to the Artizan A-X-1. But normally it will be in another room of the museum, so that both organs can play at once without interfering with the other. It will also be mounted on rollers, so it can be moved easily. On a good day this band organ can be operated outdoors.
Penny Press Machine
Commemorative coins for the coin collector!
Parker Rose Carousel Horse
Vintage Parker Horse donated by Carolyn Jones in memory of her brother Carl James Welland.
French Carousel Pig
Donor - Maritime Museum of San Francisco. This Carousel Pig is quite large and interesting. Even though it is not a Parker product we accepted it from the National Carousel Assoc. to restore and exhibit. Barnyard animals were popular carousel figures on French Carousels. Several of their carousels consisted of nothing but pigs, cows and chickens - but no horses.
Theel Carousel Horse
On loan from Vernon and Joanne Ochs.
Lillie Belle Carousel Horse
Theel "Lillie Belle" aluminum carousel horse donated by the Theel Family and painted by our volunteer, Mary Ellen Walker.
Portrait of Mr Parker mounted on 1913 Carousel
Artwork donated by Jane Rate