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Historical Sideshow Links

Below is a list of historical sideshow websites.  If you would like your link added feel free to use our online submission form at the bottom of the page or email us at - Information on the History of Sword Swallowing.

Strates Carnival Audio Files - A collection of historical audio files presented by Sound Portraits from the 1941 Strates Carnival in Washington DC.  4.5 minutes.

Gibtown Audio Files - An in depth look into the town known as "Gibtown" through historic audio files presented by Soundprint Media Center.  Voices include Melvin Burkhart, Jeanie Tomaini, Grady Stiles III, Ward Hall and more.  29.5 minutes. Transcript Below

Gibtown Audio Transcript - Read a transcript of the above audio files presented by Radio Diaries.

Jack & Beverley's Images - Images of historic pitchcards.

The Barnum Museum - The museum that chronicles the life of one of America's greatest showmen.

The Circus Hall Of Fame - The International Circus Hall Of Fame.

The Lost Museum - A historical website chronicling P.T. Barnum's American Museum.  Includes Flash movies.

Circus Posters in the Princeton University Library

Mose Smith - "The Greatest Tattooed Man in the World" - Information about Mose Smith, a Tattooed Man, from 1916 through 1932.


Niagara Falls, a Humpback Whale Skeleton & PT Barnum


Johnny Eck Museum - Our goal has been to accumulate anything and everything that pertained to the incredible lives of  twin brothers Johnny and Robert Eck(hardt).

JOMC 191 Virtual Medicine Show - Join our virtual performance as we recreate the ballyhoo, the laughs and tears, and the old-time music that made the traveling medicine show a hit for more than a century.

The Circus in America: 1793 - 1940 - Examines the unique characteristics, cultural impact, and relationships in the development of the circus as one of the most popular and significant forms of entertainment in America.

Century Flashlight -The Mysterious Mr. Kelty - After 20 years covering the circus, photographer Edward J. Kelty settled His tab, moved to Chicago and apparently never took another picture. What happened?



The History of the Pike - The Pike, in Long Beach since 1902, had its beginning as a beach and bath house resort.  The area gradually grew into a real old-fashioned amusement park with fun and games and thrill rides. Over the years the park kept pace with new and modern rides.. But it still retained its old-fashioned air of the country carnival with fun for all, and no admission fee."

Coney Island History Web Site - This interactive educational site covers the history of Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.

SIDESHOW In Japanese

Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine  the complete, illustrated text of "Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Goule and Walter L. Pyle, published in 1896.

The Last Sideshow  Photos by Scott Keeler Times Photographer Audio by Lane DeGregory

The Niagara Falls Museum Canada's oldest museum, opened in 1827

History of Sword Swallowing  Sword swallowing originated thousands of years ago in India by fakirs and shaman priests who developed it, along with fire-walking on hot coals, snake handling, and other ascetic religious practices

Sword Swallowing To The Hilt  The Internet's most comprehensive list of Sword Swallowers of the past and present.

Ella Ewing, Missouri Giantess They loved her then, They love her still.

Alton Museum of History and Art - Robert Pershing Wadlow - Alton's Gentle Giant was born February 22, 1918,  He reached a height of 8' 11.1" which qualified him as the tallest person in who ever lived in recorded history. 

The Amazing Vanteen I spent the next ten years working with various sideshows on carnivals and circuses. Beginning in 1959 I had my own 10-in-1 sideshow.

P.T. Barnum Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) is one of the most colorful and well known personalities in American history.

Circus Museum of the Netherlands  You will find over 8000 circus, sideshow, and related posters in their collection. The site features Freaks!, Clowns, Acrobats, Jugglers and much more. The entire site is in Dutch without an English Translation.  (If you need help try this free translation service) Babel Fish


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