The Great Circus Street Parade
by Charles Philip Fox & F Beveryly Kelley
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ISBN Number: 0486235718
Format:
Hardback
Number of Pages:
128
Publication Date:
1991
Publisher:
Dover Publications, Inc

The drum and bugle corps, gorgeous chariots, fabulous tableau cars, ornate animal wagons, triumphal and patriotic floats and barges, the "sweet-tongued bells of Moscow", the Roman teams, military bands, beautiful ladies escorted by handsome knights, brass bands, huge herds of swaying elephants, desert born camels, fierce lions, elfin ponies, clowns, jugglers, harlequins, buffoons, cowboy riders, Indian chiefs, whistling calliopes and more - the great circus parades of the turn of the century in all their glory: "A winding, dazzling river of silver and gold...Floods of music; glittering sights of joy...A mile of gleam, gold, glint and glistening glamour."

Here in 183 rare and unusual photographs and posters (10 in full colour) are the glorious, colourful sights and the spine-tingling, thrilling sounds of circus parades. These parades were unique and fascinating spectacles that have unfortunately disappeared from American life. Charles P Fox and F Beverly Kelley, authors of numerous books on the history of the circus, re-create the circus parade during its golden age, bringing back one of the most joyous parts of our American heritage.

After a brief introduction the sections of the book follow each other in the approximate order of a parade - from the first sights, smells and sounds to the steam calliopes which traditionally ended them. The full, informative and detailed captions and the marvellous illustrations give a virtual history of perhaps the greatest, most alluring form of advertising ever conceived by man. Here is a vital part of our past with all its excitement, exotic flavour, and sheer sense of wonder and joy.

Condition: Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Please note that the cover shown above is attached to the inside front cover.
 

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