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Mind-Blowing Postcards of Mid-Century Bars With Merry-Go-Round Themes

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Would madam and sir care to relax in the bar done up to resemble a fun fair ride? No. Me neither. But someone thought being sat on a revolving bar as you sipped a cocktail whilst perched atop a slippery stool a good idea. (Rumour has it the designer went on to create Japanese gameshows.)

How many people popped to the toilet and returned to miss their seat as the bar turned beyond their reach, reduced to snatching broken conversations with their seated date who’d hone into view and then edge away. Others were most likely unable to dismount without face-planting into the mother-in-law’s tongue, large fern, impaled pony or whatever obstacle had been placed on the bar’s perimeter.

But-  boy – was it ever glamorous:

 

Carousel Lounge Hotel Monteleone New Orleans LA Round and round, slowly carouseling into the evening. Featuring entertainment.

Carousel Lounge Hotel Monteleone New Orleans LA Round and round, slowly carouseling into the evening. Featuring entertainment.

Famous Merry-Go-Round Ritz-Carlton_Hotel Atlantic City Scientifically Air-Conditioned The Boardwalk's most unique rendezvous where there is dancing daily postmarked 1956

Famous Merry-Go-Round Ritz-Carlton_Hotel Atlantic City
Scientifically Air-Conditioned
The Boardwalk’s most unique rendezvous where there is dancing daily
postmarked 1956

Famous Merry-Go-Round Ritz-Carlton Hotel Atlantic City Scientifically Air-Conditioned The Boardwalk's most unique rendezvous where there is dancing daily

Famous Merry-Go-Round Ritz-Carlton Hotel Atlantic City
Scientifically Air-Conditioned
The Boardwalk’s most unique rendezvous where there is dancing daily

Merry-Go-Round Lounge Sheraton-Plaza Hotel Boston MA Boston's happiest rendezvous. World-famous for its unique revolving bar; circus-like fun and atmosphere

Merry-Go-Round Lounge Sheraton-Plaza Hotel Boston MA
Boston’s happiest rendezvous. World-famous for its unique revolving bar; circus-like fun and atmosphere

Plaza Merry-Go-Round Bar Copley Plaza Hotel Copley Square Boston MA postmarked 1936

Plaza Merry-Go-Round Bar Copley Plaza Hotel Copley Square Boston MA
postmarked 1936

The Carousel The Monteleone New Orleans LA Largest hotel in the Fabulous French Quarter

The Carousel The Monteleone New Orleans LA
Largest hotel in the Fabulous French Quarter

Carousel Lounge New Hotel Monteleone New Orleans LA with its Revolving Bar and New Adjoining Lounge

Carousel Lounge New Hotel Monteleone New Orleans LA
with its Revolving Bar and New Adjoining Lounge

Yohannan's Restaurant Carousel Inn Atlanta GA Lenox Square

Yohannan’s Restaurant Carousel Inn Atlanta GA
Lenox Square

Images courtesy of the William L. Bird Postcard Collection.

  • Freakanatcha

    Nice post. Have you ever done a post on revolving restaurants? There are a few left, but it seems like that was a thing in the 70’s.