The last Illions carousel factory was located in a wood frame building at 2836 West 8th Street near Surf Avenue, across from the old fire station and up the block from the Mangels factory. The entire block was razed in the late 1950s and is now occupied by the Luna Park Houses housing project.
Those horses appear to have been carved beautifully. I wonder if any of them still survive? I could just imagine what they would have looked like in full color.
Hello, MC Illions was my Great Grandfather. I think your site is awesome. Thru Facebook I have found that I have many East Coast relatives that I can't wait to meet.
Thank you so much for all you do.
Sue Illions Miller
Hi, Susan -
I think it's wonderful that you're reaching out with this question about your ancestors - Marcus Illions and his sons were among the finest of the American carousel carvers. In fact, among his contemporaries he was called the "King of the American horse carvers". A family legacy to be proud of!
How awesome it just was listening to my Great Uncle Barney. Thank you
For sharing the podcast. Being the youngest Illions
On this side of the family I always love to hear any story that I can about my family.
There was a wonderfully detailed audio interview with Barney Illions made by the Brooklyn Historical Society. You can access it as a podcast on Apple iTunes (it's podcast #67): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/brooklyn-historical-society/id283168068
M.C ILLIONS ANCESTOR INFO
HELLOW MY NAME IS PETER JOHN H. SOKOLOW I AM TOLD THAT THE H. IS FOR HARRY ILLIONS M.C. ILLIONS ELDEST SON. I ALSO HAVE A HORSE AND SOME OTHER GARGOILS AND POSTERS IN THE FAMILY. I AM NOT IN MUCH CONTACT WITH MY MOM AND DAD TO KNOW THE FULL STORY OF WHAT KIND OF RELATIONS OUR FAMILT WAS CONNECTED TO THE ILLIONS. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN SHEEPSHEAD BAY BROOKLYN NY. MY GRAND MOTHERS NAME WAS ROSE CRANE AND HER 2 SONS BOB AND WILLIAM CRANE AND MY DAD IS PETER JOHN SOKOLOW. I WAS WONDERING IF SOMEONE COULD HELP ME FILL IN THE GAPS?
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