The 1893 Chicago World Columbian Exposition sparked a tradition of traveling carnivals. Rural North Americans that didn't live close to cities could experience traveling forms of bazaar entertainment — from burlesque to vaudeville, circuses and magic lantern shows.
Enjoy this nostalgic gallery of carnival rides with names and images!
Image Description: magic lantern GIF of a wizard conjuring spirits from a cauldron
Enjoy a carnival ASMR animation while you look!
Gravitron AKA Starship AKA Alien Abduction
Jump and Smile
Madhouse AKA Mystery Swing
Wikipedia contributors. (2022, September 6). List of amusement rides. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:49, September 13, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_amusement_rides&oldid=1108771359
Wikipedia contributors. (2022, July 6). Traveling carnival. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:06, September 13, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Traveling_carnival&oldid=1096726755