Ink from a Circus Press Agent: An Anthology of Circus History from the Pen of Charles H. Day

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Wildside Press LLC, 1995 - Performing Arts - 201 pages
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One of the most colorful breed of men in 19th-century circusdom was the press agent, whose duty was to act as "an umpire between the show and the newspapers," and promote his company's greatness in order to generate public interest in advance of the performances. Charles H. Day, one of the leading "puffers" of his time, was particularly active between 1872-87, but unlike many of his colleagues, was also published widely in the entertainment newspapers and magazines. William L. Slout has collected together the best of Day's colorful and evocative essays of 19th-century circus life, and has also added a helpful Circus Personnel Reference Roster, notes, and detailed index.
 

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Contents

The Press Agents Antiquity
3
Taking Ones Own Medicine
17
On the Road
32
Recollections and Reflections of a Retired Gymnast
45
Making Much of Music
61
Circus Managers
86
From the Townsend Walsh Scrapbook
101
Notes Part Two
171
Index
189
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