HISTORIC FAIR ORGAN POSTCARDS
I came across these old organ postcards whilst rummaging through my drawers. I reckon the postcards are from the late 1950s, or possibly even earlier (the early 1950s!). Fortunately, the photographs are of four of the most famous organs still alive and playing today (providing that today is a day that the organs are actually playing).
Unless you are familiar with the organs the pictures probably won't be very interesting. Readers who are familiar with these organs as they appear today will be amazed at the changes that have taken place during the last 40 years. (Well they might be anyway.)
If anybody can date these postcards more accurately than I have (which should not be difficult!) or if the owners wish to give the organs to me, then please use the nearest Emailophone to find out if my garage is big enough, before bringing them round.
WHITE'S MAMMOTH GAVIOLI
|One of the most fabulous organs ever built. The elaborately carved
piece at the top was very rarely seen during the 80s and 90s, but it did
re-appear after the organ changed ownership in 2000. The tambourine
on the left has been replaced by a small glockenspiel. Somebody told
me that the cherubs on the top-piece were based on Gavioli's grandchildren.
If any of Gavioli's grandchildren are reading this, perhaps they could
send me an email and tell me whether they remember posing for these
Compare the photograph above with the one below, taken at Masham
in July 2000
PAT COLLIN'S WONDERLAND
Note that the famous bandmaster is missing - probably in the beer tent!
Compare the photograph above with the one below, taken at Elvaston in July 2002. Note that the entire organ has had to be lengthened to make room for the two angels on the top. Photo kindly supplied by myself.
SILCOCK'S GAVIOLI (ex. Arthur Mills)
Now back in Silcock's ownership. I think the trailer's had a respray since this photo was taken.
DE GROTE GAVIOLI
The figures have been painted a different colour, but this was probably an
Compare the photograph above with the one below, taken at Dorset in August 2002. Photo kindly supplied by S.Seder