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Toledo Magazine: R.W. Bishop

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R.W. Bishop, seen here in this 2008 file photo with some of the carnival rides he built, retired in 1999 as general foreman for the City of Toledo Division of Streets, Bridges and Harbor.

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This 1961 International Harvester Scout carried a portable soda unit and popcorn for sale.

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Mikey Martinez, 5, left, and brother Alex Martinez, 2, enjoy a twirl in a tub ride, built by R.W. Bishop, at the Lagrange Street Polish Festival in this 2000 file photo.

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The Tilt-A-Whirl located at Vollmer's Park.

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Bottle pop service from a 1948 Chevrolet pickup, in this 1955 Bishop family photo.

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Birdie the Early Bird, a Ronald McDonald character, joins children on a swing ride at a Toledo festival.

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R.W. Bishop's ride creations often made appearances at local festivals.

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Bishop rides on the midway at Raceway Park in this 1969 photo.

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A ferris wheel built by R.W. Bishop.

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The Wild Cat thrill ride designed and built by R.W. Bishop received a U.S. patent in 1970.

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Vincent Dupuis, 3, of Toledo, holds on and laughs as he spins around on the swing ride at the Birmingham Ethnic Festival, in this 2002 file photo.

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Dodge 'em Cars built by R.W. Bishop.

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R.W. Bishop works on his first truck that he bought with the profits of selling popcorn outside Swayne Field. It was built on a 1948 Ford Woody station wagon chassis in 1954.

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A snow cone truck build by R.W. Bishop, in this 1964 photo.

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