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The greatest show on earth: The birth of American popular culture For a hundred years, the American circus was the largest show-biz industry the world had ever seen. During the heyday of the American circus from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s, traveling circuses performed for audiences of up to 12,000-14,000 per show, employed as many as 1,600 men and women, and crisscrossed the country on 20,000 miles of railroad in one season alone. The spectacle of death-defying daredevils, strapping super-heroes and scantily-clad starlets, fearless animal trainers, and startling freaks gripped the American imagination, outshining theater, vaudeville, comedy, and minstrel shows of its day, and ultimately paved the way for film and television to take root in the modern era. Long before the Beat generation made "on the road" expeditions popular, the circus personified the experience and offered many young Americans the dream of adventure, reinvention, excitement, and glamour.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 3.25" Width: 1.27" Height: 19.5" Weight: 15.95 lbs.
Release Date Jul 7, 2008
ISBN 3822851531 ISBN13 9783822851531
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CIRCUS 1870 --- 1950 Jul 5, 2008
THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE WELL WORTH THE PRICE FOR THIS BOOK NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE THEM....THE ONLY DRAWBACK A GREAT AMOUNT OF THE TEXT IS FRENCH And GERMAN AND THERE ARE SOME PHOTOS THAT GO BEYOND 1950 WHICH IS GREAT....ANY CIRCUS FAN WOULD ENJOY....A VERY LARGE BOOK BRIEFCASE SIZE AND WEIGHS ABOUT 20 LBS.