Freak Show: SideShow Banner Art

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Bearded ladies, two-headed boys, an alligator-skinned man...these were the kinds of featured in sideshows of traveling fairs and circuses from the late eighteenth century through the fifties, and the large, brazen banners that advertised their charms were as colorful and intriguing as the attractions themselves.

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FREAK SHOW celebrates the art of the sideshow with a wonderful collection of over 50 authentic banners. Sword Swallower! Priscilla, The Monkey Girl! Woman Changing To Stone! Each banner promised incredible feats or extraordinary deformities, each more outrageous than the last. It didn't seem to matter whether these acts were real or orchestrated, just as long as they drew in crowds. Hammer & Bosker provide a delightful overview of these banners as a genre in American art, highlighting the most memorable, their artists, and the unusual men, women, and children featured in them, making FREAK SHOW as fascinating as it is entertaining.

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Author Carl Hammer / Gideon Bosker
Publisher Chronicle Books
Page Count 96pp
Publication Size 9 x 7
Publication Notes softcover, color
Publication Date 1996
ISBN 978-0811807074

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