Osterman ran a well-known traveling medicine show from a
folding stage built on the back of a 1919 Model T Ford for
twenty years. Dr. Bumstead's Celebrated Lenape Liquid Show
sold an elixir called Lenape Liquid and musical
instruments (Kazoos and Humanatone Nose Flutes) using the
spectacular rhetorical and musical talents of the
celebrated Dr. Bumstead (Mark Osterman), trick shooting by
K.T. Oakley (France Scully Osterman), and an Indian named
Screaming Weasel (played by ten different people over
Mark Osterman worked
out of the Philadelphia area and performed throughout the
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware region.
Bumstead (Mark Osterman) contacted Dr. Wilson (Paul
Szauter) through his web site because of their mutual
interest in traveling medicine shows; together they have
assembled these photographs and stories.
Dr. Wilson (Paul Szauter) contacted
me to share the following stories and images with Sideshow
tintype photograph (June 1993) by Claude Levet shows Dr.
Bumstead in a moment of repose, with one of the banjos
that he made and bottles of his first medicine show
product, Lenape Liquid. Mark Osterman writes: "The
tintypes of me and my wife
were made at a fair.
Claude Levet, the tintypist, was set up across from our
stage and made them without charge...it was a very hot and
slow day. We had gotten married just the week before. You
can see the Galvanic Battery that we used for the ballyhoo
resting under the table."
So get ready to experience,
Dr. Bumstead's Celebrated Lenape