Freaks, Geeks And Strange Girls: Sideshow Banners Of The Great American Midway

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A colorful history of the carnival sideshow and its distinctive banner art.

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With 100 color photographs, the book lovingly surveys this now vanished icon of early rural America, counterpointing classic freak show art with contemporary interpretations. 50 archival black-and-white photos of sideshows provide a historical context for the banner illustrations.

With contributions from: Glen C. Davies, Steve Gilbert, John Polacsek, Dale Slusser, and Lisa Stone.

'As an infant in the forties, my parents exposed me to carnival midways, and as a young teenager in the fifties I worked as a concessionaire in the traveling sideshow. From these experiences the most moving visuals I have ever run across is the advertising art and the ballyhoo displayed in the carnival banners. This book illustrates some of the strongest graphics to be part of that great panoply of Americana called popular art.' -Robert Williams

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Author Johnny Meah / Randy Johnson / Jim Screto / Teddy Varndell
Publisher Last Gasp
Page Count 167pp
Publication Size 11 x 8.25
Publication Notes softcover, color, new edition
Publication Date 2005
ISBN 978-0867196221

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