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Topic: Help Needed! - Photos and Slides
Message: Posted by: DavidEscapes (Nov 5, 2002 06:34AM)
Hi all

I am putting on an exibition/show in early 2002 and need to find slides of sideshow acts, sideshow banners and any related subject. These seem pretty hard to come by and I wonder if anyone here could help.

If anyone here has ANYTHING that may be of use I will be happy to pay for copies to be made and the postage, or they could be sent to me and I will have them copied myself and return them asap.

Please get in touch by PM or email at:


Thanks everyone

Message: Posted by: Missing_Link (Nov 5, 2002 08:44AM)

I don't have anything myself...

If you can get hold of copies of Shocked And Amazed (James Taylor), then you'll have plenty of material.

I know the most recent edition of Memoirs of a Sword Swallower by Daniel Mannix has some vintage midway photographs.

Another place to ask is the Sideshows newsgroup: it's a Yahoo group and you'll find it here http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sideshows/ This is a great group, plenty of sideshow performers and historians are members, including James Taylor and Todd Robbins.

Have a look at the Coney Island website too.


Message: Posted by: Peelz (Nov 5, 2002 09:49AM)
You could also try lookin in the Oldies.. but goodies section here at the Café, Or post in the lets make a magic deal section. Just a thought
Message: Posted by: DonDriver (Nov 5, 2002 10:40AM)
Hello Straitjack Guy
Put up a post here,I'm sure you will find help.
I worked side shows back in the 70's,blockhead,fire eating,pitched blade box and bally.I'll try to look up some of the guys I still know and see what they can dig up,and PM you.
Have a good day,
Message: Posted by: DavidEscapes (Nov 5, 2002 02:10PM)
Hi all

Thanks to all who have helped so far. I will put a message up at the Magic deal section. Good idea Peelz :)

I have also joined the yahoo group on your suggestion ML. Very nice! Some great stuff to be found there.

I am about to answer your PM Don.

Message: Posted by: Ellen Kotzin (Nov 14, 2002 02:45PM)
Hey! The Becker collection at Syracuse University has a special collection of photographs, books, pamphlets of freaks and sideshow stuff. Thousands of pics from Eisenman and lots of cool stuff. I went there to research for myself.
Message: Posted by: DavidEscapes (Nov 14, 2002 05:07PM)
Hi Ellen.

Bit of a journey from England I am afraid :)

It sounds like an excellent place though. Thanks for the tip off.

Message: Posted by: Scott Xavier (Nov 25, 2002 12:06AM)
Hey SJ,

Can you email me the new site link? X-Treem was mentioning it...
Message: Posted by: Kondini (Feb 2, 2003 04:10AM)
Hi I have a massive ammount of Sideshow related items if you could get to me South UK you are welcome to sort through it OK. Ken.