Seeing is believing: America's sideshows

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ECW Press, Oct 1, 2002 - Art - 260 pages
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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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Seeing Is Believing: America's Side Shows

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Stencell (Girl Show: Into the Canvas World of Bump and Grind)-or "Canada's Barnum," as the book jacket refers to him-aims to present a history of the sideshow from the 1870s to World War II, but ... Read full review

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What ever happened to the sideshows? An interesting look at the sideshows that once populated the midways of American. The sideshow brought the strange, exotic and the unusual to your town. Carnivals ... Read full review



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Stencell owned and operated his own circus for 19 years.

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