Seeing Is Believing: America's Sideshows

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SEEING IS BELIEVING is a history of midway attractions and the showmen who have presented them on American midways from the 1870s to World War II.

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Find out who manufactured the Polly-Moo-Zuke, the Two-Headed Giant, and the Devil Fish. Hear showmen's stories of hoochie coochie dancing bears, monkeys racing miniature racecars, and the strange people who made a living eating snakes. See war criminals, wax outlaws, and papier mache torture victims. Learn about illusion on the midway and how 'free' Iron Lung and Wildlife shows were anything but; who suspected you had to pay to leave? Take a twisted journey with the last of America's real showmen, from an age when performers earned every nickel of your 25 cents.

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Author A.W. Stencell
Publisher ECW Press
Page Count 260pp
Publication Size 10.5 x 8.5
Publication Notes softcover, color
Publication Date 2002
ISBN 978-1550225297

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