In this piece that was printed in the the August 14h, 1894 edition of the "Lewiston Daily Sun", the writer discuses the Adam Forepaugh Show that just came to town (Lewiston) on August 14th, 1894. The writer discusses the amazing work ethic and the systematic manner in which the show is unloaded. This is a great peak into how
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
In this piece that was printed in the the August 8th, 1894 edition of the "Lewiston Daily Sun", the writer discuses the recent Adam Forepaugh Show that would be coming to town (Lewiston) on August 14th, 1894. The writer discusses the dying
Monday, January 22, 2018
In 1894, James A. Bailey once again brought the Adam Forepaugh Show to Maine as we have discussed in previous installments on this blog. Be sure to click here for for information on the 1894 Forepaugh show and to see how the advertisement featured here compares with others. There are two striking differences I see with this ad compared to the ad for
Thursday, January 18, 2018
In this short piece that was printed in the the August 17th, 1894 edition of the "Waterville Mail", the writer discuses the recent Adam Forepaugh Show that came to town (Waterville) on August 11th, 1894. It appears that while the show itself was smaller
Presented here is a short piece that was printed in the the August 17th, 1894 edition of the "Waterville Mail". It was likely a syndicated in multiple papers as well as it states it states the source as the "Detroit Free Press".
Prince & Wyman, "The Waterville Mail (Vol. 48, No. 12): August 17, 1894" (1894). The Waterville Mail (Waterville, Maine).
At The Circus
The elephant had eaten a quart of peanuts and laid the paper bag carefully up on his back before reaching around and banging the royal Bengal tiger's cage a whack or two with his trunk. The tiger happened to be on watch at the moment, and he gave the elephant a claw that
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
This was a piece published in the August 10th, 1894 edition of the "Waterville Mail" in regards to the State Fair in Lewiston.
This is another piece published in the August 10th, 1894 edition of the "Waterville Mail" the day before the Adam Forepaugh Shows came to the city of Waterville for their August 11th show. This article focuses on the great circus parade that would take place and the high standards Adam Forepaugh set in place.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018
In 1894, James A. Bailey once again brought the Adam Forepaugh Show to Maine! This tour would be proudly advertised as the 31st annual tour however it would also be it's last. The next time we would see the Forepaugh name would be in 1896 as a combined show
Thursday, January 11, 2018
This advertisement for Dolloff & Dunham store in Waterville, Maine showcases another great use of such an iconic animal for promotion of their goods. Dolloff & Dunham was a clothing store established in 1887 by George S. Dolloff and Horatio R. Dunham. Horatio Dunham graduated from Colby in 1886. Mr. Dolloff is a native of Mt.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
North Kennebec Agricultural Society Vote and Lay the Ground for the Societies' First Fair in Waterville
The North Kennebec Agricultural Society was formed on July 31st, 1847, and met on again on September 29th of that same year to discuss and vote on some matters. Most notably of these matters was if they will actually be holding a fair for the public. What follows is the report on that meeting.
Monday, January 8, 2018
This is part V of the full detailed account of the 1863 North Kennebec Agricultural Society Show and Fair:
This is part IV of the full detailed account of the 1863 North Kennebec Agricultural Society Show and Fair:
To a worsted tidy and an Afghan, or sofa blanket, both presented by Miss Louisa E. Ingals, of Waterville, we award 25 cts. each, for the pleasant idea of domestic comfort suggested by their elegance.
A pair of slippers, neatly wrought by Miss C.A. Gowor, of Winslow,-giving
Friday, January 5, 2018
This is part II of the full detailed account of the 1863 North Kennebec Agricultural Society Show and Fair:
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Billed as "The Greatest Ventriloquist in America", Jonathan Harrington was one of the earliest American magicians. Born in Boston, Harrington began his performing career as a ventriloquist in 1826 at the young age of 17. His shows became increasingly focused on magic with a small section devoted to ventriloquism and mimicry. He quickly rose as a public figure making his performances a high demand ticket. His fiscal success
I'm an expansive animal!
But guess Marrifield knows enough to keep me going
A NEW and large supply of Boots and Shoes at the Parlor Shoe Store-all kinds, styles and fashions; - selling at reasonable prices. Call at the Parlor Shoe Store, opposite Elden & Arnold's, Main st.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Photos of the Legendary Sword Swallower Red Stuart Performing at The Skowhegan State Fair in 2015 #1
The huge crowd that had gathered under the World of Wonders'
sideshow tent watches in amazement as Red Stewart
demonstrates the art of sword swallowing on August 13,
2015 at the Skowhegan State Fair.
Miss Spooky illuminates a light bulb
by placing it in her mouth while
an electric current runs through her
body on August 13, 2015.
When the World of Wonders visited the Skowhegan State Fair, one of the acts would feature a chair with an electrified seat that would send a current of electricity though the body of the performer who dares sit on it. How does one make the electric current running through their
|Insectavora narrates as Trixie Turvey |
prepares the enter the "Box of Blades".
Presented in 1937, "Olga the Headless Girl" is believed to be the first "Headless Girl" act in the United States. That particular demonstration was brought to America from Hamburg, Germany by a man who billed himself as "Doctor" Heineman and was a featured exhibit at the New York World's Fair (EXPO New York City) of 1939. In the Mid-1970s, Ward Hall & C.M. Christ added two headless attractions to their sideshow and the "headless girl" tradition lives on with Ward Hall and the World of Wonders! The act displayed here on August 13, 2015 at the Skowhegan State Fair was presented by Tommy Breen, and Miss Spooky.