of the earliest examples of a stuffed animal being used as a
prize is in this early 1900's photo, The prizes appear to be
white, furry dogs though these may have just been made of hollow
cardboard covered with angora fur. Most early game prizes were
plaster of Paris figurines (chalk) but dolls, tapestries, candy,
blankets, table lamps and jewelry were also popular give aways.
Carnival game designs are in
their infancy during the turn of the century as is evidenced by
the homemade gaming wheel made from a bicycle rim behind the
well dressed couple.
There's no markings with this photo so we're left to wonder at
the identity of the people behind the counter and guess if the
third figure , standing outside, was the "Stick" or "Outside
Man" for the joint.
We have several examples of these vintage "bicycle" type gaming
wheels from the early 1900's on display in our museum's game
Independent Showmens Museum
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