Throwback Thursday: Riding in style at Paragon Park

Sound the alarm! Long before rides pushed the G-force envelope, amusement parks offered simple, less terrifying fun for kids — like getting behind the wheel of an auto that was just your size. When this photo was taken on June 3, 1960, then-6-year-old Norman Harbensen Jr. of Hingham was in the driver’s seat of a miniature, Berlin-made fire truck on Paragon Park’s German Auto Carousel. The GAC was a highlight of fairgrounds of that era, with good reason. The hand-made cars included...

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