Fairgrounds at War 1939-1945
by Kay Townsend
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ISBN Number: 9780955359538
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: September 2010
Publisher: Kay Townsend

From the back cover:

"This book charts the life of the showmen in the Second World War, including:

  • 1939 most fairs cancelled, with many showmen driven from the business
  • Propaganda printed against showmen
  • Few drivers, their men drained away by the Services
  • Police searched living wagons and confiscated radios
  • Rifle-range bore shortage meant restricted opening for shooting galleries
  • Prize shortage for the stalls
  • Landmines destroyed everything
  • Penny arcade blown to pieces

They still remained open! They had to keep up civilian morale.

This is only a fraction of what showmen went through, but still they kept going.

How did they survive all this? With information that’s never been printed before, this book will tell the young showmen of today what they never knew about the past."

 

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