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The Wishbone Spoke


Probably the most iconic of all Fair symbols is the Ferris Wheel.

This past Saturday we took grandson Nicholas (age 8) to our local fair and rode this Seattle Wheel

which was commissioned at the 1962 Seattle's World Fair in Washington.

Almost every Ferris Wheel in the world has straight spokes
whereas this wheel uses the radical "wishbone" shaped spokes,
giving it the classic retro 1960's look.




The Wishbone Spoke


Probably the most iconic of all Fair symbols is the Ferris Wheel.

This past Saturday we took grandson Nicholas (age 8) to our local fair and rode this Seattle Wheel

which was commissioned at the 1962 Seattle's World Fair in Washington.

Almost every Ferris Wheel in the world has straight spokes
whereas this wheel uses the radical "wishbone" shaped spokes,
giving it the classic retro 1960's look.




comments (60)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Oct 2008, 00:39
certainly looks like an unusual design, Ginnie. I like your composition a lot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 6 Oct 2008, 00:40
Nice capture Ginnie. It really looks so different, it has held up well as it looks new.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Aussie. We have ridden it every year the last 8 years and had no clue it was so "famous" until we read the signs. It helps to pay attention. smile
A fine picture Ginnie: I would NEVER have known what this was!
Ginnie Hart: I had no clue either, Chris, until I read the sign sitting outside the ride. I got my education! Thanks.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 6 Oct 2008, 01:41
I've never seen this type of Ferris wheel. Thanks for the description, very interesting.
Ginnie Hart: It never occurred to me that all ferris wheels weren't like this, Carsten, until I read the sign! How fun to learn new things, right?! smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 6 Oct 2008, 02:09
This is a strange looking Ferris wheel. Nice capture!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Martin. I didn't realize it was that different until I started reading the sign! smile
Rather unique looking Ferris Wheel. Love the way you framed it. Interesting info on Ferris Wheels. Great job capturing this one too.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. It was a fun piece of education for the day. smile
I'm glad YOU took the photo, not me! I need go into deep meditation on rides like this with a mantra like "Peace, O stomach, Peace, O head..." (with eyes tightly shut. Thanks for letting me enjoy such a thing without the agony!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Since I am NOT afraid of heights at all, Patrushka, I always get a kick out of those of you who are. Poor things. I wonder where that difference comes from!!!
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 6 Oct 2008, 05:55
It certainly is different from any I've seen before! Nice POV!
Ginnie Hart: It's fun to find something new like this, isn't it, Martie! Thanks.
  • NaCha
  • United States
  • 6 Oct 2008, 05:59
nice framing granny smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks. smile
Not much use if it's raining ha!... but a great shot ... looks as if it was built out of Mecanno bits. richard
Ginnie Hart: Atlanta is still in a drought, Richard, so no one was worried about the rain, for sure. We could definitely use it, however! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Oct 2008, 06:53
a very interesting perspective and composition so that our eyes can follow the movement of the Ferris Wheel and are going down with mother and child...I have never seen before this kind of type of Ferris wheel, but I love the "Riesenrad" on our fairs and the wide wide outlook from there, and naturally I love the old slow nostalgic "Prater Riesenrad" in Vienna! The Ferris wheel may be a symbol too for you and...: All things are going on and may be going on...!
Ginnie Hart: This one is slow compared to another ferris wheel in the same fair called the Gondola Wheel, Philine. So yes, in that regard, this one is a bit like my life right now. It's good to remember that there are different perspectives of the same thing depending on where you're sitting! Thank you. I'll have to remember that!
  • Tracy
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2008, 07:18
Wow Ginnie this must look great at night when all those bulbs are lite. Nice Angle and composition.smile
I hope all your wishes come truewink
Ginnie Hart: I am sure it looks great at night, Tracy. Actually, were there at night last year and I did some time-lapsed shots that got the spinning lights in concentric circles. Hmmm. I'll have to go back and look at those pics. smile Wouldn't it be wonderful if all our wishes COULD come true!
très belle prise!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww, merci, O-P. smile
  • Donica
  • Amsterdam
  • 6 Oct 2008, 07:51
For the first time in 8 trips to this fair, I took a ride on this special Ferris Wheel (and the sky lift)...and survived! Since I am afraid of heights, I normally don't partake in this particular experience (as you know)...but, I made it. So, maybe there are may other rides that I can try next year!

Maybe you should go back to Castleberry one evening and get a tripod shot with the lights. It really is a special sight.

Nice capture of the spokes! I look forward to seeing the other fair shots! smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I can just see it now. Donica on all those other rides and Nicholas wondering each and every time if she's gonna get sick...like last years! grin I did get shots last year of the lights, remember? It was fun, day or night! One of these days I'll get the almost-100 pics into an album, for sure!
You have captured this contraption very well, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chad!
  • Judy
  • United States - Los Angeles
  • 6 Oct 2008, 08:15
Ginnie, Love this unusual ferris wheel. I'll bet this is one of Nichola' favorites. Donica is right - would love to see it at night with the lights!
Ginnie Hart: I remember that I DID take pictures of this at night last year, Judy. I'll have to go back and check them out. Nicholas and I have always ridden it together until THIS year when Donica decided to join us. She actually survived just fine. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2008, 08:22
Whatever shaped spokes it has, it still wouldn't persuade me to have a ride on it! I like your composition with the portion of wheel in the corner. Those people look so vulnerable!
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Don't you wonder where it comes from that some of us are afraid of heights and others aren't??!! Do you have any idea, Ingrid?! smile
I believe that you are right in which you say. The chain dumps normally are one of the main icons of the amusement parks. In the Tibidado of Barcelona also there is a chain dump with much history and that also must be of years 60! The photo I like much!
Ginnie Hart: The "chain dumps!" I have never heard them called that, José Angel. Very interesting! smile
Well I never! You learn something every day Ginnie smile You wouldn't get me on it though! I like your picture though, taken safely from the ground.
Ginnie Hart: I love this kind of trivia, Bill. It helps to make the world go 'round. smile
  • Arash
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 6 Oct 2008, 10:16
a great composition from Ginnie! I like the way you looking around.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're a sweetheart, Arash. Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 6 Oct 2008, 10:32
Looks very different Ginnie,are going to pan back so we can see the big picture
Ginnie Hart: I've taken so many pictures of this wheel over the years, Vintage, that I'm sure I have the full view somewhere! HA. Thanks.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 6 Oct 2008, 10:53
I like your composition and it looks very old. A nice way to use the retro look to a new Ferris wheel. BUT.... you'll never find me in one of those smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! It still amazes me how many people are afraid of heights, Frida. Too, too bad. sad
Nice shot, Ginnie. Did you take a spin?
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Jennie. Every year!!!
great composition
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chantal.
  • Padraig
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2008, 11:36
love the composition and tones Ginnie. Quite a strange wheel, looks like its been knocked together out of old ski lift parts LOL.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Padraig. I actually mentioned that the other day...the chairs are like ski-lift chairs (but not that I'd know that from experience).
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 6 Oct 2008, 11:43
Never mind about the technical details, I just want to have a ride gringrin
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. You must be like me, Lina, loving heights! The higher the better smile
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 6 Oct 2008, 12:53
Ginnie .. great one .. nice framing and good treatment
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir! smile
You wouldn't get me on one of these Ginnie! Nice angle.
Ginnie Hart: Don't you wonder why some will and some won't!!! smile
  • Fotografa
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Oct 2008, 13:13
Lovely composition of a very antique looking Ferris Wheel.

Me, am quite comfortable with both my feet firmly placed at ground level. Not one for all these thrill seeking rides. Just imagine if............ smilesmile
Ginnie Hart: I can handle rides like this, Fotografa...nice and slow. No problem with heights. But the fast spinning up and down ones make my stomach fly away! sad
  • Rian
  • United States
  • 6 Oct 2008, 13:17
haven't seen a ferris wheel like this up until now.. and i might say that it looks cool.. smile nice shot. grin
Ginnie Hart: I just never thought about it, Rian, so I got my education! Thanks. smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 6 Oct 2008, 16:36
very cool image. hanks for explaining the reason for the strange shape of the seats on the wheel.
Ginnie Hart: You are so welcom, Kanyi. smile
How much fun! Wow so much history behind everything...

It seems we both have been super busy... I will try to post more too, but jobs are calling. ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Super busy indeed, Jen! Do YOU have a job now??? Please catch me up! Thanks.
No way, not in a month of Sundays would you get me on this, but a very good picture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: All of you who are afraid of heights tickle me to death, Brian. Don't you wonder where that comes from??!!
  • FLOOG
  • The valleys of a contented soul
  • 6 Oct 2008, 17:19
Wonderful perspective, Ginnie. Interesting description as well. I love fairground rides and also roller coasters, that buzz of safe fear gets me every time!

This must look amazing at night with all of those bulbs bursting into life smile
Ginnie Hart: You wouldn't catch me on a roller coaster, Paul, but I can handle this. It's more my speed. smile I did take pictures of this at night last year. I'll have to go look at them again!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2008, 17:40
Seattle - is this a link to coffee perhaps ;o) Just kidding ;o) Nice composition and muted colours ;o)
Ginnie Hart: I never once made that connection, Mike! Wow! You amaze me. smile
  • claire
  • Canada
  • 6 Oct 2008, 17:46
very nice capture Ginnie! i never would have guessed what this was if not for your info. thanks for sharing this with us. smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm glad I supplied the info, then, Claire. smile Thanks.
  • Ada
  • a very dark room
  • 6 Oct 2008, 17:47
Looks like so much fun. Lovely shot Ginnie...
Ginnie Hart: I love fairs, Ada. They bring out the Child in me. smile Thanks.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2008, 19:07
like a machine eating people for fun. I guess that is what all fair grounds are. Cool shot Ginnie. mal
Ginnie Hart: Yup, and they bring out the Child in me, Mal! smile Thanks.
  • Still
  • France
  • 6 Oct 2008, 20:32
What an impressiveframing for this neat image. A great (and high) shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Still. Once you get to the top, it IS the highest point of the fairgrounds, for sure (except for the helicopter ride you can take).
Delicacy is hard to get with such materials as those in the photo but you always manage.
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Albert!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Oct 2008, 22:54
A very Meccano-like set-up for this ferris. Good use of (late afternoon?) light.
Ginnie Hart: That's exactly what Richard Trim said, Louis, so I had to Google it. You're right! How fun. We were there from 11a - 3p and I think this was toward the end of our time. Good eye!
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2008, 23:17
It really doesn't look strong enough to support any weight or tension does it?
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure there is the physics behind this that makes it as strong as it needs to be, Ellie, but I have no clue about such things. Nor do I ever fear for my life, which is the best thing, I guess. smile
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 7 Oct 2008, 00:53
They look like jaws clasping the swinging seats. Sounds like a fun time!
Ginnie Hart: That's a good way to describe it, Marcie! Thanks. smile
They must have been going for a futuristic design.
Ginnie Hart: Futuristic or retro, Michael, whichever one, right?! Thanks.
Lol! It is the translation that has offered me " Babel Fish" to the word NORIA! grin
Ginnie Hart: That Babel Fish certainly gets away with murder, José Angel. smile
  • navin
  • India
  • 7 Oct 2008, 12:23
Looks scary
Ginnie Hart: Nah! Not scary at all for those of us who aren't afraid of heights. You feel like you're on top of the world! smile
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 7 Oct 2008, 17:51
As silly as it sounds I can go on a roller coaster, but not a Ferris Wheel. It's that stopping at the top thing. Your capture is superb...as always.
Ginnie Hart: Stopping at the top is the best thing for me, Sherri, because I feel like I'm on top of the world. But others know what you mean, of course. smile My stomach can't take those other rides!
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 7 Oct 2008, 20:22
I like that soft blue sky.

I love Ferris Wheels.
Ginnie Hart: I love them, too, Ruth. Nothing at all scary about them for me. In fact, they're very calming for me!
I am glad you are posting again. These figures look lonely against the big sky.
Ginnie Hart: I'm posting once a week now, Wim, now that's I've started working at Starbucks. It makes me a bit more sane, if that makes sense! Thanks.
  • mary
  • United States
  • 7 Oct 2008, 21:29
how neat is that?! I'm afraid of heights, though, so I would be more than happy to just view it from below! LOL
Ginnie Hart: I'm beginning to think the scaredy-cats outweigh the ones who love heights, Mary. grin
  • zohre
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 8 Oct 2008, 18:59
Nice capture Ginnie. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Zohre.
  • Reza
  • Canada
  • 9 Oct 2008, 02:39
Very nicely done.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Reza!
Nice picture, Ginnie.
I haven't been INN for a while. Checked all teh ones I missed from you and once more: you are great!!!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. You are such a sweetheart, Berta. Thanks for stopping by again.
Hi sweetheart, thanks for the wishbone story... now, i will never look at a wishbone the same way as i always did wink

Greetz from Suriname smile smile smile smile smile
Ginnie Hart: I will never see it the same way either, Rafael! Thanks for stopping by again.
Wow I love this wheels and the sky where our "Stef " is right now.....

I'm Just letting you know that I am shocked by very sad sad news (see my blog) not able to say more,

JoAnn's D Eyes
Ginnie Hart: It was sad news indeed, JoAnn. I'm so sorry for you all!
Cool! At first glance i thought this was a macro shot of a small mechanical device. then i saw the people and the chair! Nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: Those thumbnails can really fool you, Iain. smile
  • Cliff
  • Germany
  • 12 Oct 2008, 17:07
Hopefully he made a wish sitting inside smile Nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: Hopefully, Cliff. smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 12 Oct 2008, 22:23
...I don't know if I like Starbucks anymore...I miss your photos... grin
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhhhh. You're such a sweetheart, Lina. Well, after all that, I actually have resigned, effective at the end of October. It's a long story, but I will be traveling back to Europe. I may post more often while in Europe but while at home, it's been nice to have time to get other things done, to be truthful!
Nicely done, I love the deep colours here !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Zeb.
I feel very height // I would be afraid to be // Amazing photos // Regards from Yogyakarta Indonesia //
Ginnie Hart: So many people are afraid of heights, Bram. It just amazes me. I love heights...feeling on top of the world! smile

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