The band organ; mouldering. Back 24 years, when I first visited Old Orchard Beach, there was a wooden carousel on the site of the current fiberglass machine; the music was provided by this band organ. The carousel (PTC #19, for enthusiasts) has since been returned to Euclid Park in Cleveland; but the band organ remains. In Archers Beach, the carousel is an original, carved by Kate Archer's grand-uncle; the music is provided by an orchestrion, which plays violano paper rolls.
The reason I wanted to go to OOB in July was because Carousel Seas is set in High Season -- July and August -- and I wanted to be sure I'd gotten it right before I handed in the book. I'd forgotten the *noise*... July 24, 2013