|The full title of this book is
'History Workshop Pamphlets Number Two, St. Giles's fair, 1830 -
1914, Popular Culture and the Industrial Revolution in 19th
"'We boast that we beat
the world in the manufacture of cheap goods', wrote a Victorian
newspaperman, after spending Bank Holiday at the Crystal Palace,
'it would be no less true to boast that we beat the world in the
manufacture of cheap amusements'."
So starts the Foreword by Raphael
Samuel. According to the Foreword:
"Sally Alexander was an
actress before coming to Ruskin in 1968. She has brought her own
experience to her work. It is charged with a sympathetic
understanding of the fairground, as it is today and as it was in
the times she is writing about. She has found her best material
neither in the libraries nor in the archives, though they have
provided her with valuable sources, but on the road, talking to
the families of the travelling showmen."
Chapter titles are: The 'New'
Fair; Market Aspects of the Fair; The Peoples Holiday; The
Industrial Revolution and St. Giles's Fair; and Dissolving Views.
The booklet is mainly text, but does have some photographs,
including Boxing Booth 1898, Studt's Bioscope 1907 and Day's
Condition: Very good. (Small pen
mark to bottom of front cover).