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I don't know a thing about this float, but this is a barrel organ. This is what Wikipedia tells:

A barrel organ (or roller organ) is a mechanical musical instrument consisting of bellows and one or more ranks of pipes housed in a case, usually of wood, and often highly decorated. The basic principle is the same as a traditional pipe organ, but rather than being played by an organist, the barrel organ is activated either by a person turning a crank, or by clockwork driven by weights or springs. The pieces of music are encoded onto wooden barrels (or cylinders), which are analogous to the keyboard of the traditional pipe organ.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY08-H3Xd_Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTCRpu4qXMs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFtaVNWtv6s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwB-xpJkCyA

There is more at youtube, I just took four.

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puzzeljac

Here we don't see them as much as 50 years ago, but at busy places, you still see them.

Elfie

Actually I don't know, but I know that in a couple of places in Copenhagen some men stood playing a barrel organ. They might be dead and gone, they were old when I was young. But I remember them from the yards where unemployed would come and play for the housewives and receive his nickels for it!! They were very popular just after the war when I was a kid!

puzzeljac

Thanks Graciela and Treker, I'm glad you like the organ and the info.

treker

No, never heard of this type of organ. I found the description very interesting. And, the float itself appears to be huge. Thanks for "edumacating" us. ;-)

Graciela

Wow! stunning!!

puzzeljac

You're so welcome Mary.

Maryrob

Thanks Ank.

puzzeljac

Hi Ardy Hanne Jo and Tek. I'm glad you like it. Tek the player pianos work with the same system. Ardy nowadays they don't have to turn the wheel, there is a little motor which let the wheel turn. #1 that's more easy, not heavy, #2 It evenly with the right speed, so the music sounds no more false. Hanne they are still in use in NL, do you have them in Denmark too? Jo that is a nice memory, and indeed the money was important. I think it was also for a young lad a great adventure. Thanks girls and I'm glad you liked the links too.

tekchal

We have player pianos that I've seen. I think this is kind of the same thing. Interesting piece of history.

Queenbee2b

My father often would tell us of his working, (as a young lad, in the summer), with an "organ grinder" who had a parrot, not a monkey. The parrot did tricks, the man "grind the organ", and my father "passed the hat" for tips!! He came from a big family, so traveling the summer he was not missed, and the money he earned helped the family out. This was the depression days. Thanks Ank for the memory! :)

Elfie

It's WONDERFUL, Ank!! Thanks so very much Ank!!

ringleader

These are so fun (unless you are turning the wheel) Ank. And a lovely float. Thanks Thanks for the links too. There were also single units that could be carried. Those were the ones that I associate with a monkey collecting coins in a tin cup.

puzzeljac

You're so welcome girls.

pkin38

Beautiful ... thanks for an interesting set Sis

goingsilver

This is a lovely floral interpretation of a barrel organ.

puzzeljac

Hi friends, I did not know or this organ is known all over the world, so that's why I gave the inform. And indeed Denise, some used a monkey. That was funny, so they did collect more money. Treker did you know this organ?
Thanks for the smiles. :-))))))))))

bentleyd

Lovely one Ank , so pretty. In the olden days the barrel organ man used to have a monkey that carried
a tin around and people put coins in it. BIG smile:-))))) Hugs

Janazlouky

Ank thank you for a wonderful description of the barrel organ, I know him, here is also used at fairs and markets. The videos are amazing :-))))) big smile, HUGS :-))))))

Janazlouky

It os so beautiful, Hugs my friend, thank you very much :-))))

treker

Very interesting, Thank you Ank.