black-and-white photographic history of Great Britain's fairground
From the inside front cover:
"A unique and comprehensive
pictorial survey of Britain's fairground heritage from the late
1800s to the present day. All major facets of the fairground are
represented: freak shows; menageries; ghost illusions; bioscopes;
all manner of whirligigs and rides from early gallopers to today's
sizzler twists; sideshows featuring anything and everything from
boxing academies to shooting galleries and coin operated slot
machines; organs; centre engines and purpose built showmen's
Truly an invaluable archive source,
tracing the development of the fairground from its early pagan and
religious beginnings through to its widely recognised success as a
trading outlet for specific commodities and on to today's organised
entertainment form. The way in which the fairground has always
mirrored society at large is captured by well over 200 photographs.
The result is an irresistible journey through an altogether
mysterious and magical world."
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