Anthology of vintage photographs with text by Mark Sloan, Roger Manley, and Michelle Van Parys, with an introduction by Roy Blount, Jr. "Featuring more than 150 black-and-white photographs, Hoaxes, Humbugs, and Spectacles is a vintage collection of bizarre, unusual, and humorous pictures that explore the universal human interest in spectacle. For four years, Mark Sloan traveled across America - on a proverbial shoestring - unearthing everything from tiny tin-types sold in the nineteenth century as souvenirs to previously unprinted promotional pictures of circus performers (found hidden in a box beneath somebody's bed) to a bundle of news photos rescued from the Denver Post's dumpster. These pictures, which date from the 1840s to the 1950s, are like the treasures in a time capsule - years later they have the same power to amuse, amaze, and entertain." -- from interior flap. Printed in black-and-white.