Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Pickled Punks And Accessories
As a kid one of the biggest thrills of my life is when I got to go to a fair or carnival. Booths were packed with gaudy, glittery goodies that I may or I not have won (the games were always stacked in favor of the booth owner) and I could eat my fill of deep fried food like corndogs and sugar packed snacks such as cotton candy.
The rides consisted of rickety roller coasters, and the like, and the side shows featured anything from genetic freaks to famous vehicles such as Hitler’s car.
‘Pickled Punks & Girlie Shows’ written by 50+ year veteran midway showman Rick West, takes readers behind-the-scenes of carnies and sideshows to show what really goes on.
From fabricated mutated monsters to giant animals, exotic dancers, freaks of nature, bottled babies and mermaids Rick takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of carnie life. Loaded with photos from the past and present the book is like holding a midway in your hands with each page a different act. Take a trip on the weird side. Who knows, they may need an extra hand.
‘It’s All About The Accessories For The World’s Most Fashionable Dolls: 1959-1972’ by Hillary Shilkitus James is unique in that it doesn’t concentrate on Barbie dolls but on the accessories that came with them.