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Hacker, Fred A. & Prescott W. Eames, How to Put on an Amateur Circus, Minneapolis, MN, T.S. Denison & Company, 1923, first edition, 8vo (8.5" x 5.625"), HB, color illus paper boards w/ decorative titles, VG- / none. Ex-library, stamping throughout, owner sig to ffep, card envelope on rear pastedown, endpapers fingersoiled.

112 pp, 63 b&w illustrations. A charmingly funny book on exactly what its title states. Terrific drawings and quirky photos.


  1. In General

  2. To the Director

  3. To the Foreman of Construction Work

  4. Painting and Decorating

  5. To the Clown and Comic Character Master

  6. To the Side Show Manager

  7. To the Clown Band Leader

  8. About Grease Paints

  9. The Parade

  10. Details of Performance

  11. Order of Performance

  12. The Ringmaster

  13. To the Advertising and Finance Manager

  14. A Model Program for Your Circus

"This circus was produced successfully in 500 Chautauqua town in twenty states during a three-year period before being published. It is hoped that it may be helpful to schools, clubs and all organizations and individuals looking for a novel entertainment; that it will relieve the director of the bulk of his worries; and that it will give our boys and girls many happy hours of constructive play."

The authors make such statements as "Girl clowns are always a good feature," "The boys like to 'doll up,'" and "A boy in an animal costume creates a startling effect upon a cycle." Also includes suggestions for clown stunts and costumes for grownup and baby elephants, ostrich, pony, "wompus cat" and "giant woofus."     [Book ID # 1959]

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