An informal history of sensational, scientific, silly, satisfying, and startling attractions based on seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth-century broadsides from Ricky Jay's extraordinary collection.
It includes observations on the convention of promoting such appearances, digressions on the manner and method of printing advertisements to do so, and insights into the psychology employed to that end. All are compiled in a monograph that is itself a shameless attempt to entertain and elucidate.
It is the contention of the author that neither the tongue of the most florid orator, nor pen of the most ingenious writer, can sufficiently describe the elegance, symmetry, and prodigious accomplishments of those who pass in review within these pages
Included are broadsides advertising: an armless dulcimer player, a ghost showman, a singing mouse, a chess-playing automaton, a cannon ball juggler, an African hermaphrodite, a chicken incubator, a rabbi with prodigious memory, a ventriloquist, a spirit medium, a glass blower, a woman magician, a speaking machine, a mermaid, a bullet catcher, a flea circus, and an equestrian bee keeper. Illustrated throughout
In August 1882 the circus impresario P. T. Barnum called for examples of Âall the uncivilized races in existence.â In response, the showman R. A. Cunningham shipped two groups of Australian Aborigines to the United States. They were displayed as Âcannibalsâ in circuses, dime museums, fairgrounds, and other showplaces in America and Europe and examined and photographed by anthropologists.
Roslyn Poignant tells the fascinating and often searing story of the transformation of the Aboriginal travelers into accomplished performers, professional savages who survived at least for a short time by virtue of the strengths they drew from their own culture and their individual adaptability. Most died somewhere on tour. A century later, the mummified body of Tambo, the first to die, was discovered in the basement of a recently closed funeral home in Cleveland, Ohio. Poignant recounts how Tamboâs posthumous repatriation stimulated a cultural renewal within the community from which he came, exposing the roots of present social and economic injustices experienced by indigenous Australians.
This 1967 children's book is about a Canadian dog named "Chalou," Chalou is a guard dog on Ernest Pinard's dairy farm, not far from the city of Quebec, by the St. Lawrence River in Canada. He was a tawny brindle dog with a long black muzzle and clubbed black paws. He was as fierce with enemies of the livestock as he was gentle with members of the family and the farm animals.
Douglas Bainbridge is a clown running away from the circus in hopes of a more exciting life. Pursuing the kidnappers of the woman he loves, Bainbridge crashes on a strange world of forest and swamp. Here he discovers giant monsters unlike any ever known to man. Fearing his experiences have been simple hallucinations, he stumbles upon a beautiful and violent savage named Utara. A fantasist and a dreamer, Bainbridge instantly falls in love and convinces Utara to aid him in his search. Leading him safely through the treacherous world, Utara brings them to a palace where humans act as servants to a bizarre race of lizard men. Frustrated and angry, Utaraâs own motives come to light and Bainbridge is faced with a terrible decision. The two women he loves most in life are in peril and the only way the ex-circus performer can save even one of them is to give the lizard men the show of their lives. Caught in the centre of a love triangle filled with betrayal, passion and intrigue, Douglas Bainbridge is forced to make choices which will change all their lives forever.