Toboggan Company

    The Philadelphia Toboggan Company was originally formed in 1900 by Henry Auchy and Chester Albright for the purpose of manufacturing amusement rides. Mr. Auchy's desire to include carousels in their new product line drove him to search out and hire some of the best carvers available. After producing several experimental carousels, Auchy and his partners decided to go into full scale production. The earlier rather plain horses with sweet expressions were transformed into larger, fancier creatures by 1910; and by 1914 they had developed into more muscular, compact animals bearing ornate trappings. Their last carousel, #89, was produced in 1934. Within several years all the other companies had either gone out of business or were producing simplistic, machine-carved animals.

    Stein & Goldstein (circa 1912) - Fantasy Island's Logo

    When Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein formed their partnership they had a clear idea of the style they wanted to create. It was defined by Long bodies with wide saddles, huge buckles, and deep relief flowers. But probably the most distinctive traits are the Roman nose and the almost Asian eyes that grace these beautiful animals. As with several other contemporaries, Stein and Goldstein used fish scale blankets, and lots of fringe.

    Stein and Goldstein were among the few carvers to own and operate most of the machines they produced. Because of this, their production was limited to only 15 carousels between 1912 and 1925, when they turned solely to operating. Full Stein and Goldstein machines are rare today. Among those in operation, is the one in New York's Central Park which contains some of the largest horses ever carved.

    Fantasy Island's logo horse is typical of the craftsmanship for which these two gentlemen were noted.