Hoaxes, Humbugs and Spectacles: Astonishing Photographs of Smelt Wrestlers, Human Projectiles, Giant Hailstones, Contortionists, Elephant Impersonators, and Much, Much More!

Foreword by Roy Blount, Jr. Text by Mark Sloan and Roger Manley and Michelle Van Parys

Villard Books, 1990. First Edition. Near Fine in dust jacket.


“Featuring more than 150 black-and-white photographs…vintage collection of bizarre, unusual, and humorous pictures that explore the universal human interest in spectacle. For four years Mark Sloan traveled across America unearthing everything from tiny tintypes sold in the nineteenth century as souvenirs to previously unprinted promotional pictures of circus performers.”



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