encephlosmack (encephlosmack) wrote in sideshows,
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Hi all I found this community and agree we need to get it going. Not much looks like its been done but I think it could be really great. I collect classic side show memorabilia and ephemera and would love to speak with people who have actually worked some shows. I added two new books to my collection over the holidays and must say their both worth checking out, Monsters ( a collection of 1800's portraits of the Bowery side shows by Chas Eisenmann)and Wild, Weird and Wonderful (A collection of photos from the early Barnum and Ringling shows). Both were complied from negatives that belonged to commercial portrait photographers who had a love of the circus and its performers.
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Hello.

What kind of memorabilia do you have? I'd like to find some of the old gaffed pickled punks to display when I do my stage show. I've even thought about making a few of my own.
I mostly collect old photos (I'm a photographer and I can't get enough of early photography) I also have a bunch of really nice prints done by Joe Petro (www.sideshow-art.com) and tons of books on the history of the early circus and sideshows. I would love to get my hand on some pickled punks myself. I also collect antique and strange medical items and think a pickled punk would go lovely next to my new speciman my friend made me. (I will have to post a pic but its a wonderful little monster in a bell jar.) Have you ever seen any pickled punks up for sale? If so where?