Priscilla Normandy Greenwood's Family Album

Coney Island

Grab the brass ring!
The Merry-Go-Round

I know it's a carousel, but if you are six or seven, it's a merry-go-round. Does anyone remember when the carousel at Coney Island  had brass rings? There was a post right outside the carousel that had a cross bar with brass rings that came out the end of it.  If you leaned way off your horse you could almost reach the bar and grab the brass ring with your index finger as you went by. If a big kid was in front of you it was no use. He or she got the brass ring and the next ring didn't roll into place in time for you to try. I tried for months, maybe years, and  finally one day, I got the brass ring. I can't for the life of me remember what the big deal was. Did I get a prize? A free ride? I don't know. The important thing was that I got the brass ring! 

Thanks to Don Schuhmacher for the photo of the carousel above. 
Don is another Brooklyn expatriate living in Florida. 

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