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Roundabout

A popular Victorian toy based on the fairground ride.

The German toy makers were fond of producing a variety of roundabout toys. Some, operated by a handle, which when it was turned plucked strings hidden in the base.

 

On this toy the platform is suspended from four cords, and when it is given a gentle push, the cords twist around the centre pole.

 

It demonstrates a variety of forces in action, push, pull, gravity and centrifugal force.

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