Freaks Geeks & Strange Girls

Sideshow Banners of the Great American Midway


aw item number:  2004.130
author:  Johnson, Secreto, Varndell
publisher:  Hardy Marks Publications
ISBN:  0-945367-15-5

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number of pages:  169
date manufactured:  1995 size:  11.25"L x 8.75"H x .75"W
status:  Library  edition:  Hardback

description:   Freaks, Geeks, and Strange Girls presents a colorful history of the carnival sideshow and its distinctive banner art. With 100 color photographs, the book lovingly surveys this now vanished icon of early rural America, counter pointing classic freak show art with contemporary interpretations. 50 archival black-and-white photos of sideshows provide a historical context for the banner illustrations. These essays and the heady, often un-PC images recall a time when compassion and restraint collapsed in the face of the exotic, the erotic, and the exploited.