I stumbled upon
your site via Google and I am hoping that you might be able
to shed some light on a sideshow piece I bought about ten
years ago (see photo). I donít know a whole lot about it
other than it was most likely cut from the side of an old
circus truck and that is a combination of hand paint and
airbrush. Iím not even sure of the time period. It looks
like it could be as early as the 1920ís or as late as the
In the lower right
hand corner it states not included.........general
I have emailed Al
Stencell and the Circus History Museum and they both were as
equally as puzzled as I am.
Thanks and I love
your site, btw.
Thanks for your
email, glad you enjoy Sideshow World.
I guess I'm as
puzzled as the rest of you. I will post your image and
question in our ask the staff section on Sideshow World and
see if I can get any info. about your it.
If you have any
information about this panel please email
I also know some
showman that I will share it with and see if it brings
back any memories. If I get any info I will post it on this
Thanks again, the
pieces is really cool!
I hope you find
Maybe your Sonia
panel is more related to Burlesque, Vaudeville or Striptease
show. I came across this poster and some reference to
Katherine Boyd she was known as Zorita the Sensational Snake
Dance - She performed in Burlesque and Vaudeville Shows.
Feeding Her Snake
They were not the prettiest
girls with the best figures, but they all knew what it meant
to entertain. And yes, each had her gimmick. Carrie Finnell
could twirl the nipple tassels on her enormous breasts at
different speeds and in different directions with such panache
that her breasts were compared to propellers readying for
lift-off--and she performed this mesmerizing
anti-gravitational feat until she was seventy years old.
Zorita performed with a giant snake about her body, echoing
Eve entertaining herself without Adam. Blaze Starr, the
"Human Heat Wave," rigged her bikini with tasty morsels of raw
red meat and then lay supine onstage while a large black
panther would retrieve his dinner from her quivering
extremities. Except from Toni Bentley's book a review -
Striptease: the Untold History of the
Poster Empire Burlesk
Zorita Walking Her Snake
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