Circles of Delight: Classic Carousels of San Francisco

Circles of Delight: Classic Carousels of San Francisco

by Aaron Shepard
Publication Date: 20/04/2022

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Quite by chance, San Francisco has become one of the carousel capitols of the world. It today hosts carousels from all three of the most important historic American carousel makers -- the only city anywhere with that distinction! What's more, each carousel has been restored close to its original condition.

"Circles of Delight" celebrates the beauty and diversity of these traditional, hand-carved wood carousels of the Golden Gate City. With its vibrant photos and informative profiles, it is bound to delight carousel lovers of all ages.


Aaron Shepard is an independent writer and photographer. He has been entranced by carousels since childhood -- but his love and interest were rekindled when his wife, Anne L. Watson, wrote a novel about a young carousel restorer. When a business trip brought them to San Francisco in April 2004, Aaron spent three days photographing the city's carousels, giving him the photos for this book. He currently lives in Bellingham, Washington.


"Filled with beautiful photography. . . . You will treasure this book." -- Bette Largent, President, National Carousel Association



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Golden Gate Park Carousel

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