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More Story Henry Valentine

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Welcome to The Good Old Days.  This page features sideshow stories, personal experiences, jackpots and more that have been submitted to Sideshow World from fans, performers, show owners and other sideshow related individuals.  Some of the stories are short, some are long, but remember they're all about the folks that lived and loved the show!

 

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Title

         Date

Boddy Reynolds Midget Horse Pitch

6-10-2014

Hunger Artist - "Fasting Wonders"

2-22-2014

Petrified Men

11-17-2013

Do Not Use this Area as a Donnikerr!

10-02-2013

The Ice Man Cometh!

9-22-2013

Conn Baker is a Human Paradox

8-20-2013

Trouble at the Next Spot!

8-06-2013

Ringling Bros Circus - 1910 Schenectady NY

7-21-2013

Tates!!! Now,That Brings Back Some Memories

6-06-2013

Seeing Laszlo's Hells Belles

3-18-2013

Doug Higley's Big Foot Show

3-02-2013

Sells and Gray circa 1970s with Jim Z

2-27-2013

Jonathan Bass - Turned to Stone

2-23-2013

Ward Hall on Circus Vargas Sideshow

2-21-2013

Killing the Museum

2-13-2013

John (Red) Stuart

1-25-2013

Barnum's Cannibals

1-08-2013

Tiny Tim's Circus

1-07-2013

Everyone Loves a Sidsehow

1-05-2013

I was a "Bug Man" for Ringling

12-21-2012

When the Fair Arrived by Train

11-29-2012

Mysterious Wonder Mouse Pitch

11-11-2012

Behind the Canvas Walls

11-10-2012

Leaping Over Eighteen Elephants

11-01-2012

Congoland

9-05-2012

LITTLE IRVY - The World's Most Famous Whale

7-29-2012

New Creature Show Bows

4-01-2011

Johnny Eck a Post Card to a Friend

3-23-2011

How I Became the Tattoo Queen

3-08-2011

Disappear by Default?

11-28-2010

Seven Sutherland Sister - Envelope

11-27-2010

Scott McClelland-Photos of My Grandfathers Carnival & Shows

10-01-2010

Blowdown!

9-22-2010

Freaks a Vanishing Breed

9-02-2010

Beehive Hairdo

8-31-2010

Jeff and the Prince

8-06-2010

Deep Creek Maryland

8-15-2010

Hall Family Circus

6-05-2010

Life as a Carnival Worker

5-25-2010

My Fascinating World of People

5-13-2010

Jack Waller - Fire Eater  Showman Plans Act to Please Crowds

5-07-2010

New Attractions in R-B Sideshow

5-06-2010

Human Volcano finds His Fame in Flames

5-03-2010

Jack Waller's International Circus Sideshow

4-24-2010

Queen of Swords in India/The Motherland

4-15-2010

Excuses on the Path

4-02-2010

Controlling the Five Gag Reflexes

4-01-2010

Blades in the Belly

3-31-2010

Artoria Gibbons

1-24-2010

The Snake Man - Robert H. Copeland

1-16-2010

Barnum's Beast and Birds

1-15-2010

Gypsy Joins the "Carny"

1-06-2010

Menagerie & Circus

12-17-2009

Disappear by Default

12-15-2009

 Fooling Medicos, Not the Public Led Dick Best to Showbiz Job

12-13-2009

Tally Tags Talkers Best

12-09-2009

The Circle Coaster

12-07-2009

The Lady Loves Her Cats

12-05-2009

Side Show Knock or Boost

12-04-2009

Lillie B Williams - Dick Best Recalls how he Acquired Her

12-03-2009

The World of Mirth

11-25-2009

The Showman's Rest

11-04-2009

Wednesday March 4th 1868 Pt-2

9-19-2009

Wednesday March 4th 1868 Pt-1

9-12-2009

Back in 1969-71

9-07-2009

Mrs. Tom Thumb is Dead

8-17-2009

Johnny Eck a Letter to a Friend

7-17-2009

Johnny Eck's Letter to Nick - 4

7-10-2009

Johnny Eck's Letter to Nick

6-24-2009

Life of P.T. Barnum

6-21-2009

P. T. Barnum's Letter to Mose Kimball - Letter-9

6-20-2009

Joanne Whisnant

6-09-2009

P. T. Barnum's Letter to Mose Kimball - Letter-8

6-08-2009

Letter to a Friend from Johnny Eck

6-05-2009

P.T. Barnum's Letter to Mose Kinball - Letter-7

5-21-2009

P. T. Barnum's Letter to Mose Kimball - Letter-6

5-09-2009

P. T. Barnum's Letter to Mose Kimball - Letter-5

5-05-2009

P. T. Barnum's Letter to Mose Kimball - Letter-4

4-28-2009

P. T. Barnum's Letter to Moses Kimball - Letter-3

4-07-2009

Miss Lucia Zarate

3-27-2009

The Reception Dress

3-22-2009

P. T. Barnum's Letter to Moses Kimball - Letter 2

3-21-2009

Original Sword from Tod Browning's "Freaks"

3-20-2009

P. T. Barnum's Letter to Moses Kimball - Letter-1

3-14-2009

Tom Thumb on Kisses

3-11-2009

Phrenology of Tom Thumb

3-06-2009

P. T. Barnum - Westfield Lecture Course

3-05-2009

The Possession of Two Remarkable Aztec Children

2-04-2009

Marriage Arranged

1-25-2009

Exhibition of Real Wonders - Bartholomew Fair

1-23-2009

So Now I'm in Show Biz!

1-11-2009

The Peter Hennen School on the Art of the Pitch

1-09-2009

Miss Hipson - Female Dwarf & the Malay - Bartholomew Fair

12-20-2008

The Little Man Excerpt from a visit to the Bartholomew Fair

12-09-2008

The Giant Boy Excerpt from a visit to the Bartholomew Fair

12-03-2008

Go and See the Greatest Living Skeleton

10-24-2008

The Greatest Living Curiosity Ever Known

11-23-2008

Barnum Remembers Some Interesting History

10-21-2008

Magniscope & War Shows

10-16-2008

Spurs by Tod Robbins - the short story that inspired the movie Freaks

10-14-2008

The Magician Gerald Heaney

08-06-2008

Petrified Men

08-05-2008

The Great Showman Dead

07-30-2008

Aerial Wonders & Amazing Barnstormers

07-19-2008

Tom Thumb

07-11-2008

The Fat Lady and the Thief

06-19-2008

Biggest Circus Attraction Moves to Montello

06-18-2008

Ringling Bros. Famed Fat Lady Dies

06-18-2008

"586 POUNDS OF FEMININE CHARM"

06-18-2008

Sheboygan Casket Mfg. Co., Inc . . . .

06-18-2008

Estelline Pike is a Compulsive Throat Washer

06-18-2008

Barnsdales Brought Circus to Town

06-09-2008

Ted Toddy, My Godfather & the Bonnie & Clyde Car

06-01-2008

World's Tiniest People - Midget City Calif Pacific International Expo

05-26-2008

Siamese Twins in the Air

05-14-2008

For the Benefit of Master Kite

05-12-2008

Ramar

04-28-2008

Koringa the Only Woman Fakir

04-20-2008

Traveling Animal Shows Take Good Care Of Their Business

03-25-2008

The Kalamazoo County Fair

03-23-2008

Papa's Hat & Zaza the Monkey Girl

03-05-2008

'Grand Theatre Mecanique Frere Morieux - A Fairground Attraction

03-03-2008

..Happy to be a 56.1 Miler.. Pt 3

02-11-2008

..Happy to be a 56.1 Miler.. Pt 2

02-07-2008

Collecting Human Oddities

02-03-2008

..Happy to be a 56.1 Miler.. Pt 1

01-29-2008

Rose's Royal Midgets a Tales of the Tiny Folk

01-26-2008

The History of the REAL Pickled PUNKS!!

01-08-2008

Just Reminiscing Here....

12-30-2007

Frank C. Bostock - St. Nicholas Garden

12-16-2007

This is the Story of Ferdinand The Bull...

12-02-2007

Giant's Eye-View of the Circus

11-23-2007

Ray R. Ryers - World Famous Armless Musician 2

11-04-2007

Ray R. Myers - World Famous Armless Musician

11-03-2007

Doug Higley's -True Wonders Old Time Museum

10-09-2007

The Balloon Wedding

08-23-2007

Mrs. Partingtons Visit to Barnums

07-28-2007

Lecture on the Esquimaux

07-26-2007

Separation of Chang and Eng

06-17-2007

Barnum's Cannibals

06-09-2007

Sucker Days

05-20-2007

"Head Down Harry"

05-17-2007

Magical Sideshow life displayed in book

05-02-2007

Baltimore's Last Circus

05-01-2007

Monkey Pitch

04-30-2007

The Egg of Doom

04-18-2007

Sideshow Freak - Strange People And Managers

04-12-2007

Rock Concert vs. the Circus

03-28-2007

Melvin Burkhart Man, Magic, Wonder Pt 8

02-28-2007

Melvin Burkhart Man, Magic, Wonder Pt 7

02-21-2007

Melvin Burkhart Man, Magic, Wonder Pt 6

02-14-2007

Melvin Burkhart Man, Magic, Wonder Pt 5

02-06-2007

Melvin Burkhart Man, Magic, Wonder Pt 4

01-25-2007

Melvin Burkhart Man, Magic, Wonder Pt 3

01-19-2007

Melvin Burkhart Man, Magic, Wonder Pt 2

01-03-2007

Melvin Burkhart Man, Magic, Wonder Pt 1

01-01-2007

The Great Circus Sideshow P&P

12-31-2006

The Famous Wild Animal Tamer-Terrell Jacobs

12-27-2006

Introducing the Amazing Seven Sutherland Sisters!

12-23-2006

The Late Mr. P. T. Barnum

12-06-2006

Frankie Rio

12-03-2006

Monkey Boy

11-03-2006

It's Common Courtesy

10-25-2006

Letter from Harvey

10-19-2006

My Week of Being "With It"

10-11-2006

Higley & Bigfoot on the Road

10-02-2006

Accessories at Barnum's

09-14-2006

Bailey's Crossroads

09-06-2006

Great Bostock Show

08-14-2006

Great Conflagration

06-30-2006

"Zanilla the Gorilla"

06-29-2006

The Matrimonial Experiences of Col. Goshen

06-21-2006

The Death of Jumbo

06-17-2006

Big Letters & The Elephant

04-22-2006

The Swedish Nightengale

04-21-2006

Marie O'Day's Palace Car LYNCHBURG

03-29-2006

Nelsonville Circuses

03-05-2006

Jolly Nellie Lane Sideshow Attraction

02-27-2006

A Word about Museums

02-19-2006

Mr Barnum on Museums

02-21-2006

My Grand Father Frank Shields

02-18-2006

According to Martha

01-27-2006

Images of the Shields Brothers

02-16-2006

"What is it?" Advertisement

02-17-2006

Robert Hales - There be Giants in Norfolk

02-16-2006

Whats the Weirdest Single-O on the Midway

01-27-2006

The Great Traveling Museum Menagerie

01-25-2006

Todd - how did you get started?

01-06-2006

Opening Day & the End of the Story

12-29-2005

Dings

12-11-2005

Barnum and the Fejee Mermaid

11-09-2005

The Life of Joice Heth Nurse to George Washington

11-07-2005

Step Right Up! Guess Your Weight and Age

11-04-2005

 "I Arrived with No Money in my Pocket"

10-29-2005

Boy Acrobat in Barnum's Show

10-11-2005

Trouble at the Next Spot!

08-14-2005

It was not the Show it was the Tale that you Told

08-13-2005

A Letter About a Friend

08-08-2005

Accessible Restrooms, NOT!

08-06-2005

Bowman's Been Playing The Guessing Game 

08-04-2005

The Adventures of the Giant Rats & Horse

07-25-2005

Jack Nyberg at the Salem, VA Fair

07-14-2005

Sideshow Arts Saved Bar Harbor Maine

07-06-2005

Zip "The What Is It?" Host Circus Freaks

06-11-2005 

Circus And Museum Freaks

05-26-2005

Mistaken for a Ticking Time Bomb

05-23-2005

Zip Grins In Death, Mask Off At Last

05-20-2005 

The Blade Box

05-16-2005

"What Is It?"

05-14-2005

Dancing Turkeys and Wildmen

05-13-2005

The Golden Snake

05-11-2005

Dime Museum

05-07-2005

Freak Out

05-06-2005

The Volpus and The Two Headed Man

05-03-2005

Some Recollections

05-02-2005

The Lady Under the Bed

04-10-2005

Welcome To Showbiz

03-29-2005

The Art of the Talker 2

03-19-2005

40 Miler

03-18-2005

Forbidden Zone

03-14-2005

The Art of the Talker

03-13-2005

Live from the Florida State Fair

02-27-2005

The Thrill You Get, Canít Believe Their Eyes

01-26-2005

Running With Tigers

01-02-2005

Hamilton County Wrap-Up Mayhem

12-22-2004

Carnival Sideshow Talkers

12-09-2004

John Dillinger's Car

11-18-2004

The Hopping's Show Row

11-07-2004

Traveling Menageries

11-03-2004

Freak Shows

11-02-2004

The Story Of Butch & Bill

10-27-2004

John Wilkes Booth On Tour Part3

10-26-2004

John Wilkes Booth On Tour Part 2

10-14-2004

Memories Of Marie

10-05-2004

John Wilkes Booth On Tour Part 1

09-21-2004

Joe Louis

09-16-2004

Hey Rube at Victoriaville

09-08-2004

Remembering Gretchen Worden

08-30-2004

"ARABIAN GIANTESS"

06-17-2004

& Towels For Rent

04-08-2004

Venice Beach, Chicken Legs

04-07-2004

Don't Bother The Cubs

04-04-2004

Circus, Minstrel & Traveling Show

03-30-2004

The Season In Hell

03-26-2004

It's Got To Be The Joint From Hell  

03-25-2004

Short History Of Circus Bands

03-20-2004

Rasmus Nielsen

03-02-2004

Chimps & Rockets

02-27-2004

I Remember........

02-24-2004

Giant That Determines Sleep

02-13-2004

Monkey Girl and the Fat Man

02-07-2004

Children of Forgotten Fathers

02-07-2004

Carnie Justice & Camaraderie

02-07-2004

If Only I Had Listened

01-31-2004

Giant Flesh Eating Frogs

01-24-2004

The Night Zamora Winced

01-18-2004

Chang & Eng

01-06-2004

Mummy In The Dark

01-05-2004

The Question Mark Show

01-04-2004

Capt. Harvey Lee Boswell

12-30-2003

Frenchie

12-29-2003

The Eli Bridge Company

12-27-2003

The Big Eliģ Wheel

12-19-2003

Sisters

12-18-2003

My Gypsy Experiences

12-14-2003

Hard Act To Swallow

12-11-2003

I Wanted It So Bad

12-02-2003

I Live On My Memories Now

11-28-2003

Francis Doran & The Neon Tube

10-27-2003

Gargantua

10-25-2003

Only The Beginning

10-25-2003

The Torture Show

10-2003

Panel Trucks, Elephants & Balloons

10-2003

From The Hip

10-2003

I Was A Pre-Teen Rube 

09-2003

   

 

"Sideshows, the way we know them, extend back in time for a little more than one hundred years. Some of the acts we do are ancient, with documentation as long as four thousand years ago. As performers, we are part of that history, and share the responsibility of continuation.  I would ask all of you to look around, see whatís happening around you, and document it. It is up to you to keep a candle burning!" - Slim Price

 

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