• monograph
  • paper boards with dust jacket
  • offset-printed
  • sewn bound
  • black-and-white
  • 26 x 21 cm.
  • 162 pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered
  • ISBN 0394585119

Hoaxes, Humbugs, and Spectacles : Astonishing Photographs of Smelt Wrestlers, Human Projectiles, Giant Hailstones, Contortionists, Elephant Impersonators, and Much, Much More!

Mark Sloan, Roger Manley, Michelle Van Parys, Roy Blount Jr.


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.

New York, NY: Villard Books,
Condition:  New
Condition:  Used