Document Type

Article

Date

Spring 1987

Embargo Period

3-22-2011

Keywords

Syracuse University Special Collections, Ron Becker Collection, freak shows, P.T. Barnum, Charles Eisenmann, Francis Wendt

Language

English

Disciplines

American Popular Culture | Folklore

Description/Abstract

This article details the rise of freak shows from 1840 to 1940 in America, drawing from the extensive collection found in the Ron Becker Collection in the Syracuse University Special Collections. The exhibits played upon the superstitions and prejudices of popular American culture, and every exhibit was a fraud of some sort. The photographs of these "human curiosities" fascinated Ron Becker, who amassed a collection of the photos, mostly from the photographers Charles Eisenmann and Frank Wendt.

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