February 11, 2012

February 14th Makes Me Think of . . .

oooFerris Wheels!

oooYou think of them too, I bet.

oooNo? Gee, that's odd.

oooWell, no matter.
oooI think of them.

oooAfter all, February 14 is
oooFerris Wheel Day!

The fourteenth of February is the birthday of George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.
At the age of 33, Ferris conceived, designed, and oversaw the construction of
an "observation wheel" for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition (aka the Chicago World's Fair).
It does seem like one ought to start out with a round table, doesn't it?


Floral picks sport photos of the original Wheel.

The Wheel had 36 cars (see the far right pick), with 40 chairs in each, but each car could actually hold 60 people. So, the first Ferris Wheel held 2,160 people at once! The Wheel averaged 38,000 riders a day.

Three thousand of Edison's new incandescent light bulbs were mounted on the Wheel.

Placemats are replicas of souvenir maps from the 1893 fair.
You can see the Ferris Wheel at the center top of the map. It stood at the far end of the fair's mile-long Midway.

Napkins have been folded in such a way as to continue the circle theme.
(Yes, I know they're really only half circles.)
Copies of an old fair ticket serve as place cards.


In addition to the Ferris Wheel, an impressive
list of now-famous foods were first introduced
during the fair's run.

Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix, Shredded Wheat,
Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum, and
Cracker Jack Snacks head the list.

The toy Ferris Wheel dictates the table's
colors. (I only mention this in
case you happen to have overlooked
the subtle color scheme.)


The very first set of U.S. commerative stamps was issued in honor of the World's Columbian Exposition. There were sixteen stamps in the set.

One of the stamps was orange. An image of the stamp was enlarged, printed in color, and wrapped around the vase.


Vienna Beef Franks & Sausages was another food brand first introduced at The World's Columbian Exposition. Consequently, we'll be enjoying hot dogs on February 14 - and we're going to "drag 'em through the garden," Chicago style. Photobucket

Don't you just love Ferris Wheel Day!Photobucket
Orange and white dessert plates, Crate and Barrel
Red dinner plates: Waechtersbach, Crate and Barrel
Cracker Jack pot: Dansk enamel casserole, wedding gift
Red pitcher and water glasses: no information, inherited
Placemats: Internet picture printed at Kinko's on 11 X 17 paper.
oooMap was glued to a sheet of orange construction paper
Ferris Wheel: K'Nex Ferris Wheel Kit, on loan from my grandchildren
I'm linking to The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays,
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesdays,
and off my tangent for Alphabe-Thursday (M is for a Midway Ride).

Ferris Wheel Builders


  1. Oh! Too cute! You always have such good ideas. Learn a little and play. What a darling photo of the gkids!

  2. A fun table! Who can resist 'Cracker Jacks!' Love the color combo you used here & all the 'pictures' in your placemats, your centerpc & nametags! TFS! Jeanne S.

  3. Wow! A history lesson and a wonderful tablescape to boot! Love the ferris wheel, what good helpers you had helping build it too! Now I want some Cracker Jacks. Kay

  4. OA, you never cease to amaze me. You are wonderful at coming up with such unique tables. This one is just darling.

    I love seeing your gkids assembling the Ferris Wheel. What a fun way to include them into a beautiful creation. The pictures, cracker jacks, dishes and napkins are great. Copies of fair tickets for place cards and your souvenir maps placemats are just over the top.

    So happy you are back to entaining!


  5. Oh, I love it! You have a very creative mind, and looks like you are teaching the little ones the same. I always loved cracker jacks.

    You did a perfect job! Keep up the good work!


  6. What a cute table, and so sweet your gkids got involved with the ferris wheel. Cracker jacks and hot dogs, I think they will love the menu!

  7. So cleaver! Love it! Thanks for sharing Joann

  8. What a neat idea! I'm so happy that you decided to join Seasonal Sundays. Hope you'll be here next week too!

    - The Tablescaper

  9. You are just too smart! This idea is so original. I enjoy your facts and especially like your ferris wheel construction crew!

  10. I had no idea that a ferris wheel was named for an actual person! What an interesting post and cute table. I used to hear that expression "drag it though the garden" years ago when I was a kid -- not since. Funny!

  11. Hi Denise...how are you? It's been a long time since I last spoke to you...I came by in December and then again in January but there were no new posts, I thought you had left the blog world..:(
    I'm glad you're still posting your creative tables...I had a few posts to catch up on...I really enjoyed the ice cream breakfast...wow...how cool is that my kiddies would adore that...!! just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog...:) nice to see you again...will talk to you again soon..xoxo

  12. What a fun post for Alphabe-Thursday. Love your helpers.

  13. This is one thing I love about blogging, all the interesting historical information that is shared.
    Congratulations to the two that made the fabulous ferris wheel for your post.

  14. What a fun post! I love your table.

  15. This was a fun and clever post! I am amazed how many cool things I see here! I truly enjoy visiting for AT! What a great post! Enjoy the weekend! It is coming up! Anne

  16. Cool! Even though Ferris Wheels have always scared me...it's a height thing:)

  17. How fun. I'd say you did yourself proud celebrating good o'l Mr. Ferris!!

  18. Fabulous post and informative...i love it.

  19. What a fun theme for a table! I had no idea the first Ferris Wheel could hold so many people!

  20. visiting from Alphabe Thursday When I was around 7 my sister and I were stuck at the top of a ferris wheel. It seemed like hours before we got back down although Im sure it was only a few minutes.I have not been on one since. I cant even walk past them without getting an anxiety attack.

  21. I feel exactly the same way, Becky. My granddaughters, on the other hand, LOVE thrill rides.
    When they go on them, I worry until they get off.

  22. This was a Marvelous post for the letter "M"...

    I love all the information you presented!

    Magnificent job!


  23. I've always loved ferris wheels - one of my favorites unless I have a seat mate who rocks them when we're stopped on top!

    Love your ruby red pitcher and glasses!


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