Carousel Works figurine varieties

Carousel Works' carvers offer a variety of different figurines for their carousels, each customized to meet the needs of the client. 

MANSFIELD -- Carousel Works is honored to have been selected by the Library of Congress to be featured in their “This is America” photos series.

The images will be part of the Library’s photographs that are archived into perpetuity for viewing by future generations.

Carousel Works figurines

Pictured here are antique and new handcarving figurines at Carousel Works. 

Documentary photographer, Carol M. Highsmith, is traveling around Ohio taking photographs to be archived for historic purposes in the Library’s prints and photographs collection. Ms. Highsmith visited the Carousel Works factory in Mansfield on Oct. 7 and took numerous photos of various staff working as well as finished carousel figures and components. 

Carol M. Highsmith has, since the 1980s, visually documented people, places and events that define America. In fact, Carol is the only living photographer documenting the United States of America to be honored with an individual collection of her works (currently numbering 31,800 images) in the online Prints and Photographs Archives of the Library of Congress.

Carousel Works carving

Woodcarver Tim Gorka illustrating hand carving techniques and tools at Richland Carousel Works. (Submitted Photo)

Other items in the Library’s historic archives include the Civil War photos of Mathew Brady and a study of American life from 1935 to 1944 that includes many now-famous photographs by Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, Gordon Parks and others. 

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world and serves as a prime research source for educators and students of American and global history and culture. Its vast collections include 14 million historic prints and photographs.

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