DANAKAS WONDER SHOW

 

 

I am looking for information on the Danakas Wonder Show. Flyer lists 7 sideshow items. 1-The Grown Together Children, 2-The Moa or Devil Bird, 3-King Tut-Ankh-Amen Egyptian Mummy, 4-Bo-Bo The Wonder Child, 5-The Six Legged Poly-Moo-Zuke, 6-The Gorilla Man, 7-King Mac-a Dula Two Headed Giant 8 feet 6 inches tall. Probably after 1923-before WW II? Any information on when and where, or individual listed attractions.

Please email info as well as site listing, from Robert A. Olson Putnam CT
 


Good Day,

I have attached a copy of the original flier, in sad shape due to the nemesis of all paper restoration-----Scotch tape.

Second attachment is my transcription of the flier.

On transcription, words in red are my best judgment of possible words in sections darkened by tape.
Red ??? question marks are areas that cannot be read.

Underlined
red ??? question marks are sections on flier that are missing.

Blue green
words and letters are words or letters not spelled properly.


Any help in identifying show and attractions would be appreciated.
Thank you, Robert A. Olson

 


No. 2 - 5 - 7 of the Danakas Wonder Show Catalog can be compared

To The Nelson Supply Catalog below.
 


No. 1. The Grown Together Children

We have here the grown together children, joined together by a ligament of flesh like the famous Siamese Twins. They come from China and had lived but seven years, died of heart trouble, one dying four hours before the other.
Embolmed the Chinese method.
 


No. 2. *The Moa or Devil Bird


Not for many years has science had presented to it so interesting or so suggestive an experience as that of Dr. Pevy, a British explorer, who had just returned from an expedition in New Zealand, where he met and was forced to do battle for his life with a giant bird long believed to be extinct, like this monster we have here. Brief announcements of Dr. Pevy's fight with the monster has come from London, and can now be amplified by his ???? recital scientific bodies there. Indeed, so great is the interest aroused that plans are being made to mount an expedition at once into New Zealand, to the locality described by the explorer ??????????????? possible, a living specimen. Incidentelly,his story ???????????????????? , though long vanished, but which tales?????????????????????????????????? have persistently recorded as still existing. ???????????????????????? the description of this ???? bird which Dr. Pevy battled, believes it to ????????? gigantic forms of living ????? whose fossils have frequently been dug up on the ???????? islands of the New Zealand group. For????? natives of these islands have testified to their existence in unfrequented sections, but their stories have never been confirmed by any creditable observer.
 


No. 3 King Tut-Ankh-Amen Egyptian Mummy

We have here an Egyptian mummy over 3000 years old, known as one of the King Tut-ankha-men mummies, found in a tomb in the buried city of Luxor, Egypt. There in the red hot sands of the desert King Tutankhamen 3000 years ago built a wonderful city --- the city of the Sun. Hundreds of thousands of slaves and workmen labored on it. Temples to the god Aton and palaces arose. A lake was created and many pools of cool water , and trees and flowers were planted. Out of the desert, at the cost of treasures incalculable to us today, the Pharaoh made a garden of Paradise. There Nefertiti, his wife and queen died. And after a while he also died. The old gods came back to their own. he priests of Amon-re again ruled Egypt. The City of the Sun was left empty. Soon the sands filled up its lake and pools and covered its temples and palaces. For centuries the sands covered it until at last only a mound in the desert remained with a squalid little Egyptian town huddled at its base. It was call the Tell-el-Amarna, or Hill of Amarna. Recent excavations verified its location, revealed his palace and tomb in which his mummified body was found. All tho
??????????? now and doubt you have all read about it and close by, the King?s tomb many other tombs were found and from one this body was taken, and from ???????? you see how they were embalmed, wrapped in cloth and laid away 3000 years ago are still in good condition. This Egyptian method of ???????????????????

????????????????????????????????????????? is thought that ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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No. 4. BO-BO WONDER CHILD

We have here the Wonder Child Bo-Bo. The girl with her hands where feet ought to be, and her feet where her hands should be. A strange freak of nature, born in Russia lived fours years, is

embalmed by the Chinese method, dried and preserved with opium pitch.


 


No. 5. **The Six Legged Poly-Moo-Zuke
 

This strange Monster you see was captured alive in that strange and desolate region in South Africa just under the equator, known as the Devil's Land. A land were not more than sixty white people have ever set foot, and only twelve of these returned alive. It is a strange land of strange animals and strange people. There they know no law of nature. All are the same there. All live together, share each others joys and sorrow. Your friend of today is your murderer tomorrow. Man, monkey and gorilla, animal, reptile, vulture, all are the same there. The same brain, the same habits, the same murderous instinct seems to possess them all. As to those call human they are the lowest order of humanity. Just one step above the animal creation and canabalistic in their nature. They live in neither tents, huts or canopies, but in caves and Jungles like animals; they have no law of marriage, neither do they bury their dead. Strange creatures in a strange land. Yet this is the home of the Sacred POLY-MOO-ZUKE, for no where else on earth does he live, but here in the boiling mud lakes he sleeps contentedly, The only living thing, animal or vegetable that can live therein. This monstrous creature is king there.

The only thing feared or respected by those people, for he is their animal god, in him they see a fore-Father they adore and worship him; they safeguard his life with jealous care, and in their bitterest dregs exhibiting
??????? the mothers will starve their babies in order to feed milk to these, their deadliest enemies which ???????? their dead, the moment after having their fill. Yet to kill one is an unpardonable ?????? and they are allowed to ????? at will ????? through the land, to eat and destroy as they wish, seeming to know that they bear a charmed life and ??? do as they please, that on one will molest or disturb them. This, kind people, is the history of the Sacred Six legged Polly-Moo-Zuke. I will now call your attention to the strange creature; Look at its awful dragon like body, see its massive tail like a whale; looks like a centipede. It has six long ferocious legs. See its eagle like claw. What a savage carnivorous monster it must have been. Look at its awful head, as big as a hippopotamus. See its big teeth and tusks. Look at the horn in the middle of its head. See its mammoth boney jaws. Look where the skin has been torn away. See the skull bone. See the skin dried and wrinkled. What a terrible death-dealing, life-destroying creature it must have been. What strange things live in this world deside ourselves, and how little we know of them. This is by far the most wonderful animal we have ever looked upon. It was captured alive and stolen from the country. It lived but nine weeks, and afte death was embalmed by the Chinese method of embalming --- first dried, then prepared with black pitch, arsenic, corrosive sublimates and several other poisonous ingredients that make it dangerous to handle. As you see how it will remain preserved for years.

 


No. 6. The Gorilla Man

 

Showing man as he was 4000.000 years go. This show the beginning of the life of man when the half-man and half animal had not yet learned the act of language and could not communicate to another what he thought only as the animals do-in cries, whistlings, grunts and shrieks. Rage, fear, the lower emotions. But no higher though could find expression in the creature called by science-the man without speech this man with the jaw of a ape the teeth of a human, ran wild and naked throught the woods and swaps. Physically he was the weakest of the animals about him. But he was destined to rule them all, because in that low forehead there was the beginning of thought and o thought everything is possible.

 


No. 7. ***KING MAC-A-DULA, Two Headed Giant 8 feet 6 inches tall
 

The body of King Mac-A-Dula, the ????????????????????????????????????????????????????? America, by a party of English miners, while prospecting of gold. It is not an embalmed ???????? preserved by an embalming process, but a natural-dried body preserved by the atmosphere of ????????? high and dry. They have very little rain there. Sometimes not one shower in three years Con???????? the air is very dry and no flesh rots or decays there but simply dries up, the same as you see this body leaving nothing but the skin and bones-but in nearly all cases the dead bodies of all kinds, animals or human are either eaten of destroyed by animals. But this body, as I have informed you, was found in a was found in a cave-the mouth to the cave being barred by large rocks, thus keeping the animals out and saving the body from being destroyed. It is supposed that he was wounded in battle and on being pursued he crawled in this cave to hide, closing the entrance up to keep the enemies out, and while there he died unknown to his friends or tribe. cave-the mouth to the cave being barred by large rocks, thus keeping the animals out and saving the body from being destroyed. It is supposed that he was wounded in battle and on being pursued he crawled in this cave to hide, closing the entrance up to keep the enemies out, and while there and while there he died unknown to his friends or tribe. He being a Patagonian Indian, scientists claim this happened years and years ago, and that the body may have lain there for two hundred years or more, and it is certain that no man of this kind has lived there during the past one hundred years-but the old inhabitants there tell a story of a great man that lived there centuries ago, King Mac-A-Dula, that he was nine feet high, had two heads, was as strong as an elephant, and a great warrior who led his tribe to many victories, and that after one great battle he disappeared and was never seen of heard of again. This story has been handed down from one generation to another until the present day, and when the body was found it was taken for granted this was the body of that man, King Mac-A-Dula, who disappeared years ago. The body was found fourteen years ago and taken to England and placed on exhibition at the Crystal Palace. It is owned by a historical society of London, and no amount of money can buy it. We simply rent it. The atmosphere in this country being so damp it begins to soften in places and we have to use artificial means to keep it preserved, touching it up occasionally with arsenic, pitch, corrosive sublimate, etc., and in this way it will last for years.

Truly a wonderful curiosity, worth many times the price you have paid to see it, and I ask you as a favor to the management to please tell your friends about it. Thanking you for your kind attention I will ask you to look it over carefully and stay as long as you like,

 


The following are posted here from the Nelson Supply Company Catalog,

Please Compare to the Above Danakas Wonder Show Flyer

 

No. 2. *The Moa or Devil Bird

Not for many years has science had presented to it so in had presented to it so interesting or suggestive an experience as that as that of Dr. Pevy, a British explorer, who has just returned from an expedition in New Zealand, where he met and was forced to battle for his life with a giant bird long believed to be extinct, like this monster we have here. Brief announcement of Dr. Pevy's fight with the monster have come from London, and can now be amplified by his personal recital to scientific bodies there. Indeed, so great is the interest aroused that plans are being made to send an expedition at once into New Zealand, to the locality described by the explorer, to try to secure, if possible, a living specimen.

Incidentally, his story opens up again the question of the possibility of other monsters, thought long vanished, but which tales of travelers and natives in various remote parts of the globe have persistently recorded as still existing.

Scientists checking up the description of this mammoth bird with which Dr. Pevy battled, believes it to have been one of the most gigantic forms of the moa, whose fossils have frequently been dug up on the various islands of the New Zealand group. For years natives of these islands have testified to their existence in unfrequented sections, but their stories have never been confirmed by any creditable observer.

According to Dr. Pevy's recital, he was making mineral and geological investigations in the mountains near Cape Palliser on Cook's Strait, when he was attacked by a monster of this kind. He describes the bird as being from fifteen to twenty feet high, its body huge and bulky, its color brown, wingless, legs massive like an elephants, with two-toed feet, "simply ponderous." Its head was a big, ferocious monster, this one we have here being only a baby.

These birds belong to the species called Moas, and less that a thought years ago there were some twenty kinds of moas on the islands of New Zealand. While the Maori Indians were certain that moa still survived, and to doubt its existence was little short of a crime, no one had actually seen it, and as time went on and the bird still remained unseen by any explorer, hope became doubt, and doubt certainty, until it became a mooted question whether such a bird had existed within the past tem centuries, to say nothing of having lived within the memory of man.

From the skeletons found at least twenty species of moas were defined, ranging in size from those but little larger than a turkey to the giant fourteen feet high when the neck is straightened. Most species of moas are wingless. Bu if nature deprived these birds of wings, ample amends were made in the matter of legs. If the blow of the of an ostrich can knock down a man, what must have been the kicking power of an able-bodied moa?
 

From the Nelson Supply Company Catalog - Compare to the Flyer.
 


No. 5. **The Six Legged Poly-Moo-Zuke

The strange monster you see was captured alive in that strange and desolate region in South Africa, just under the equator, known as the Devil's Land. A land where not more than sixty white people have ever set foot, and only twelve of these ever returned alive. It is a strange land of strange animals and strange people. There they know no law of nature, All are the same there. All live together, share each other's joy and sorrow. Your friend of today is your murderer tomorrow. Man, monkey and gorilla, animal, reptile, vulture, all are the same there. The same brain, the same habits, the same murderous instinct seems to possess them all. As to those we call human, they are the lowest order of humanity, just one step above the animal creation and cannibalistic in their nature. They live in neither tents, huts, nor canopies, but in caves and jungles like the animals; they have no law of marriage, neither do they bury their dead. Strange creatures in a strange land.

Yet this is the home of the Sacred POLY-MOO-ZUKE, for nowhere else on earth does he live; but here in the boiling mud lakes he sleeps contentedly, the only living thing, animal or vegetable, than can live therein. This monstrous creature is king there. The only thing feared of respected by those strange people, for he is their animal god; in him they see a forefather; they adore and worship him; they safeguard his life with jealous care, and in their bitterest dregs of biting poverty the mothers will starve their babies in order to feed milk to these their deadliest enemies, which may strike them dead the moment after having their fill. Yet to kill one is an unpardonable offense, and they are allowed to roam at will through the land, to eat and destroy as they wish, seeming to know that they bear a charmed life and can do as they please, that no one will molest or disturb them. This, kind people is the history of the Sacred Poly-Moo-Zuke. I will now call your attention to the strange creature. Look at its dragon-like body, see its massive tail, like a whale; looks like a centipede. It has six long ferocious legs.-See its eagle-like claw. What a savage, carnivorous monster it must have been. Look at its awful head, as big as a hippopotamus. See his big teeth and tusks. Look at the horn in the middle of his head. See its mammoth bony jaws. Look here, where the skin has been torn away. See the skull bone. See the skin, dried and wrinkled. What a death-dealing, life-destroying creature it must have been. What strange things live in this world decides ourselves, and how little we know of them. This is by far the most wonderful animal we have ever looked upon. It was captured alive and stolen from the country. It lived but nine weeks, and after death was embalmed by the Chinese method of embalming-first dried, then prepared with black pitch, arsenic, corrosive sublimate and several other poisonous ingredients that made it dangerous to handle. As you see it now it will remain preserved for years.

 

From the Nelson Supply Company Catalog - Compare to the Flyer.
 


No. 7. ***KING MAC-A-DULA, Two Headed Giant 8 feet 6 inches tall

The body of King Mac-A-Dula, the Patagonian Giant, Was found in a cave in Patagonia. South America. by a party of English miners, while prospecting of gold. It is not an embalmed body preserved by an embalming process, but a natural-dried body preserved by the atmosphere of that country, which is high and dry. Consequently the air is very dry and no flesh rots or decays there, but simply dries up, the same as you see this body, leaving nothing but the skin and bones-but in nearly all cases the dead bodies of all kinds, animals or human are either eaten of destroyed by animals. But this body, as I have informed you, was found in a cave-the mouth to the cave being barred by large rocks, thus keeping the animals out and saving the body from being destroyed. It is supposed that he was wounded in battle and on being pursued he crawled in this cave to hide, closing the entrance up to keep the enemies out, and while there he died unknown to his friends or tribe.

He being a Patagonian Indian, scientists claim this happened years and years ago, and that the body may have lain there for two hundred years or more, and it is certain that no man of this kind has lived there during the past one hundred years-but the old inhabitants there tell a story of a great man that lived there centuries ago, King Mac- A-Dula, that he was nine feet high, had two heads, was as strong as an elephant, and a great warrior who led his tribe to many victories, and that after one great battle he disappeared and was never seen of heard of again. This story has been handed down from one generation to another until the present day, and when the body was found it was taken for granted this was the body of that man, King Mac-A-Dula, who disappeared years ago. The body was found fourteen years ago and taken to England and placed on exhibition at the Crystal Palace. It is owned by a historical society of London, and no amount of money can buy it. We simply rent it. The atmosphere in this country being so damp it begins to soften in places and we have to use artificial means to keep it preserved, touching it up occasionally with arsenic, pitch, corrosive sublimate, etc., and in this way it will last for years.

Truly a wonderful curiosity, worth many times the price you have paid to see it, and I ask you as a favor to the management to please tell your friends about it. Thanking you for your kind attention I will ask you to look it over carefully and stay as long as you like.

From the Nelson Supply Company Catalog - Compare to the Flyer.

 

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John

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