Anderson, Norman, Ferris Wheels: An Illustrated History
Anderson, Norman. Ferris Wheels: An Illustrated History. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State U Popular Press, 1993. 407 p. 397 photographs.
Popular Press ad describes AN's work as a descriptive history of "pleasure wheels," esp. as they culminated in and evolved from "the undisputed 'Queen of the Midway'" built by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., and opened in Chicago, at the World's Columbian Exposition, on 21 June 1893 (quoting ad). Note the date: if one needed a symbol for the triumph of the Mechanical Age and move into the electromechanical, the Ferris wheel isn't a bad choice. See in this Category entry for R. Cartmel.