Professor G. W. Van
presents his talent is this, frankly, remarkable
group of photographs I was able to purchase
recently. They are unusual not only for the
content, which shows a pleasant afternoon full of
hurly-burly, hootchie-cootchie and risqué behavior
for the time, but also splendid examples of period
dress, gentlemen when hats were virtually required
(even for dusty fairgrounds) and a wonderful group
of original painted sideshow banners.
The same banners are shown elsewhere in a photograph dated 1915.
Prof. G.W.Van was from Lockhaven, PA according to one of my heroes A. Stencil, who promised me an interview once but I am too intimidated. His book Seeing is Believing is essential for anyone interested in sideshow history (or simply a good book)
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The New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown owns a photo of the same touring troupe HERE
Group of Original Photographs Anonymous circa 1915 G.W. Van sideshow
Collection Jim Linderman
BOOKS AND ($5.99) EBOOKS BY JIM LINDERMAN ARE AVAILABLE HERE