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Circus scene. Crowds in front of Hagenbeck and Wallace Circus sideshow tent

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Sideshow, State Fair, Rutland, Vermont

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Sideshow, county fair, central Ohio

Spectators at sideshow, county fair, central Ohio

Selling tickets to the sideshow, county fair, central Ohio

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Barker at sideshow with performers, state fair, Donaldsonville, Louisiana

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Man biting snake at sideshow, state fair, Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Man chewing piece of snake which he has just bitten off, state fair sideshow, Donaldsonville, Louisiana

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Sideshow, county fair, central Ohio

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Sideshow attraction, county fair, central Ohio

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Sideshow, county fair, central Ohio

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Children listening to barker at sideshow, state fair, Donaldsonville, Louisiana

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Crowd listening to barker at sideshow, state fair, Donaldsonville, Louisiana

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Fortune teller and mind reader in sideshow, state fair, Donaldsonville, Louisiana

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Spectators at sideshow, county fair, central Ohio

Sign at sideshow at Gonzales, Texas county fair. Gonzales, Texas

Group of spectators at sideshow watching man unloosen himself from chains. San Angelo Fat Stock Show, San Angelo, Texas

Backs of spectators at a sideshow, San Angelo Fat Stock Show, San Angelo, Texas

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Rutland Vermont. Poster advertising a sideshow at the Vermont State Fair

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

At a "girlie" sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

At a sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Poster advertising sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Poster advertising sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

At a sideshow at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vermont

Poster advertising sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

Sign at travelling sideshow "crime museum" near Fort Bragg, North Carolina

At the travelling sideshow "crime museum" with the owner, an old war veteran, and some of his "specimens". Near Fort Bragg, North Carolina

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Poster advertising sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Barker at a sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Decorations at a sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Vermont

Decorations at a sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Vermont

Poster advertising sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

Poster advertising sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Crowds at the travelling sideshow "crime museum" near Fort Bragg, North Carolina

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Poster advertising sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

Inside the travelling sideshow "crime museum". The owner, an old war veteran, is pointing out the exhibits. Near Fort Bragg, North Carolina

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

A sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

An effigy of Sitting Bull, part of the exhibit of the travelling sideshow "crime museum." Near Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Rutland, Vermont. Posters advertising a sideshow at the Vermont State Fair

Poster advertising sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

Poster advertising sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

Effigies of Washington, Joe Louis and some criminal in a travelling sideshow "crime museum". Washington and Joe Louis are examples of "what you may become if you go straight". Near Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Poster advertising sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Poster advertising sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

Part of the exhibit of the travelling sideshow "crime museum". Near Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Poster advertising sideshow at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont

Rutland, Vermont. Poster advertising a sideshow at the Vermont State Fair

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Car advertising "crime museum" travelling sideshow near Fort Bragg, North Carolina

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