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William Black, carousel historian and restorer, visited the Palace in the 1960s and tape recorded the
Wurlitzer 153 band organ. He later captured the sounds of the Palace and
other band organs on "Carousel Music," a CD collection of 27 classic carousel
songs played on a Wurlitzer 153, operated by two 10-tune paper music rolls
as was the Palace organ.
Listen to "Over the Waves" in MP3 format.
Watch the only known television commercial for the Palace (1.5 MB). Used courtesy of Billy Smith.
In the late 1970s, the Palace's most popular fortune telling machine, "Grandmother's Predictions," was replaced by “Morgana,” a seemingly faceless mannequin. Once a player inserted cash, and typed in a date of birth, Morgana's face suddenly appeared in all of its frightening glory as she spoke and told fortunes. The fortunes heard here, captured at Rye Playland by Dan Toskaner, are identical to ones made by Morgana at the Palace.
Listen to Morgana's Fortunes
Sounds of the Palace - 1986
A rare audio recording made inside the Palace featuring carousel music ("The Beer Barrel Polka"). Copyright 2005 Brian Maher.
Listen to Sounds of the Palace (3.4 MB)
A Time Capsule from 1984
On June 15, 1984, Charlie Huffman and his wife Barbara did an Asbury Park drive-through, filing video of Charlie's home town. Barbara did the driving, while Charlie worked the camera. "Something inside of me told me that doing so would be important to someone at some future date," Charlie said recently, and so in late December 2013, he posted the video, dedicated to the memory of his late wife. For anyone interested in Asbury Park as it was back then, the video is a must see. For fans of Palace Amusements, it is a time capsule unlike any other. The Palace material is contained within the first 25 minutes, but it is especially amazing to view the footage between 16:32 and 25:40, as the Huffmans walk in and out of various sections of the Palace, filing the Fun House, the Bumper Cars, the pinball machines, and other attractions. To view the video, go to: http://vimeo.com/82757217
Interesting and classic Palace footage is included
in this video.