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Seeing is believing : America's sideshows

Author: A W Stencell
Publisher: [Toronto] : ECW Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From human pin cushions to trained fleas, this chronicle of twisted midway attractions and the showmen who have presented them covers it all. The history of the circus side show and its companion, the carnival, is celebrated in words and rare images. Interviews with many of the big players on the carnival circuit are included.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stencell, A.W.
Seeing is believing.
[Toronto] : ECW Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)694260094
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A W Stencell
ISBN: 1550225294 9781550225297
OCLC Number: 49741548
Description: xxi, 260 pages : illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Contents: Lookee here! : English showmanship comes to America --
A rich midway stew : early fairground shows and showmen --
Where do you buy a poly-moo-zuke? : suppliers of the unusual --
Hoochie-coochie dancing bears : wild animal shows, zoos, and circuses --
What do you expect for a dime? : midway movies and more --
Hear them moan! See them suffer! : torture victims and opium eaters --
Thrills, chills, and doctors' bills : motorcycle maniacs on the wall --
Working for bananas : racing monkeys and wrestling chimps --
More than an illusion : ghosts, floating ladies, and gorilla girls --
The unborn : will their souls get to heaven? --
Walk in, no tickets : in the end, you've got to pay--
Soul on sawdust : Black nightclubs at your doorstep --
A small, small world : mechanical and miniature shows --
Does crime pay? : gangster death cars and electric chairs --
Geek 101 for dummies : one trip too many --
Glossary.
Responsibility: A.W. Stencell.

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From human pin cushions to trained fleas, this chronicle of twisted midway attractions and the showmen who have presented them covers it all. The history of the circus side show and its companion, the carnival, is celebrated in words and rare images. Interviews with many of the big players on the carnival circuit are included.

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