FREAKS & SIDESHOWS

For fans of carnivals, circuses, sideshows, and human oddities.

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  1. Chang and Eng

    Chang and Eng: A Novel

    $16.00

    History’s most famous twins. Born in Siam in 1811—on a squalid houseboat on the Mekong River—Chang and Eng Bunker were international celebrities before the age of twenty. Learn More
  2. The Circus

    Circus: 1870-1950 (25th Anniversary Special Edition)

    $69.99

    The greatest show on earth! The history and legacy of the circus!

    The Circus - now accessible for everyone, at a freakishly good price. Learn More
  3. Dissection

    Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880-1930

    $50.00

    From the advent of photography in the 19th and into the 20th century, medical students, often in secrecy, took photographs of themselves with the cadavers that they dissected: their first patients. Learn More
  4. Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks

    Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks

    $19.95

    Melvin Burkhart the Anatomical Wonder; Zip the Pinhead; Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins; Johnny Eck, the King of the Freaks; Koo Koo the Birdgirl; and 45 more fascinating sideshow freaks both famous and obscure are immortalized in Drew Friedman’s delightful portraits. Learn More
  5. Extraordinary Exhibitions

    Extraordinary Exhibitions

    $49.95

    This is an informal history of sensational, scientific, silly, satisfying and startling attractions based on seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century broadsides from the Ricky Jay's extraordinary collection. Learn More
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    Eyeing The Flash

    $23.00

    The Education of a Carnival Con Artist Learn More
  7. Freak Babylon

    Freak Babylon: An Illustrated History of Teratology And Freakshows

    $17.95

    FREAK BABYLON is a sometimes startling, sometimes disturbing documentary of the history of one of mankind’s most fascinating sciences – teratology – and its shadowy cultural correlative, the Freakshow, from ancient times to the present day. Learn More
  8. Freaks & Fire

    Freaks And Fire: The Underground Reinvention of Circus

    $24.95

    Freaks & Fire is a free-falling leap into the world of radical circus. Learn More
  9. Freaks, Geeks & Strange Girls

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

    $30.00

    A colorful history of the carnival sideshow and its distinctive banner art. Learn More
  10. Freaks: We Who Are Not As Others

    Freaks: We Who Are Not As Others

    $20.00

    The Re/Search edition of this long out-of-print classic book based on Mannix's personal acquaintance with sideshow stars such as the Alligator Man and the Monkey Woman. Learn More

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