FerrisWheelsAndersonBrown[Book: Norman D. Anderson & Walter R. Brown – 1983 – 20x22cm – 60 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Nobody knows when a spin on a “pleasure wheel” first thrilled fair-goers. But rides like this had been around for hundreds of years when George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. built the giant wheel that gave all future wheels his name, back in 1893. Here is the remarkable story of this well-known and well-loved ride, from a hand-turned wooden wheel sketched by a traveller in the 1620s, to a wheel with cars big enough to hold a forty-piece band, to the space-age marvels that fill today’s amusement parks. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.