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Above is a rarely-seen image of a cotton-candy factory from The Age of Steam. The process has been lost now, but there was a time when clouds of cotton-candy would rise from smoke stacks, hard-working little bluebirds with nets would capture it, where it would be held until it was to be sent to carnivals and circuses everywhere. The Violet Cotton Candy Factory pictured here was one of the most famous makers of this favorite confection. As you can see here, there was a large cage, filled with the delicious pink fluff, left where passers-by could come and have free samples!
(This is my submission for The Three Muses Collage Challenge this week. Images used in this collage came from Charmed Memory Collage and Tumble Fish Studios. The decayed effect was a layer I made from an image of a decayed daguerreotype I found here. And I'd like to thank my husband Mr. V for the inspiration! When I read the prompt out loud to him, he said to me, "Why not a cotton candy factory?" Good job, sweet heart!)