Seeing is believing: America's sideshows
A history of midway attractions and the showmen who presented them on American midways from the 1870s to World War II, this fantastic, fully illustrated book showcases the manufacturers of the Polly-Moo-Zuke, the Two-Headed Giant and the Devil Fish, as well as stories of hoochie coochie dancing bears, monkeys racing miniature racecars and the strange people who made a living eating snakes. See war criminals, wax out-laws and papier mache torture victims. Learn about illusion on the midway and tricks of the trade in a journey into an age of America's last real showmen.
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Review: Seeing Is Believing: America's Side ShowsUser Review - Carissa - Goodreads
This has been the most informative and entertaining of books about the sideshow that I have read. The other books I mostly skimmed for information, this one I read front to back. The photographs were ... Read full review
Review: Seeing Is Believing: America's SideshowsUser Review - Goodreads
A fascinating look into the world of side show, circus and carnival life. I found it interesting that English shows and Vaudeville had an influence (makes sense) on the theatrical aspects. Historical photographs are also included throughout the book, which provide further perspective.