Above: Postcard, Asbury Park Boardwalk, 1936. Art Color by Curt Teich and Co., Inc., Chicago, USA.

Below: photo by Mark Hillringhouse. The face of Mercury in the architrave of the Asbury Park carousel.

Note by Mark Hillringhouse: The carousel was something I remember from my early childhood in the late 50s. Generations of kids rode that merry-go-round since it had been there as far back as the 1880's. Damn shame they tore it down! I thought Springsteen could pull off a save, but the owner just wanted to develop the property and wasn't interested in historic preservation. The Victorian carousel horses were auctioned off for thousands of dollars each.

Mark Hillringhouse has won three New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships for Poetry and teaches creative writing at Passaic County Community College. He was a founding editor of the American Book Review and the former Poetry Director at the William Carlos Williams Center for the Performing Arts. He is currently putting together a photo exhibit of close-up architectural details of downtown Paterson.

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