English Fairs
by Ian Starsmore
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ISBN Number: 0500050252
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Thames & Hudson

In this book, Ian Starsmore examines a variety of famous fairs from both the technical and the entertainment angle taking us behind the glittering facade of make-believe into a matter-of-fact world of which the vast majority of visitors have no inkling: the world of those who dedicate their lives to the organisation and smooth running of the fair.

The book considers the origins and evolution of the fair, then looks at the contemporary travelling fair of the 1970s, showing what happens from the time of its arrival at the fairground to its departure for the next assignment. There follows a technical history of the rides from 1870 to the 1950s, a decade when many modern designs were introduced. The fourth chapter is devoted to a discussion of fairground equipment, and takes a look into the future. The final chapter is an exploration of the essential nature of the travelling fair, in which the author attempts to diagnose the secret of its perennial success.

Condition: Fine book in near fine dustjacket. Mark on front cover where price label was. Author's name written on first page inside front cover. Click on image above to see close-up of cover.


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