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5TH ANNUAL TOUR : B. A. BAMBER’S GREAT DIME SHOW : NEW ATTRACTIONS AND BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE : TRAVELS , ART, HISTORY. ASTRONOMY, FUN, ELECTRICITY. … GRAND STEREOTYPICAL DISSOLVING VIEWS : SCENES IN MANY LANDS FROM GREENLAND’S ICY MOUNT, TO INDIA’S CORAL STRAND. THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD. THE BEAUTIES OF THE WORLD…
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5TH ANNUAL TOUR : B. A. BAMBER’S GREAT DIME SHOW : NEW ATTRACTIONS AND BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE : TRAVELS , ART, HISTORY. ASTRONOMY, FUN, ELECTRICITY. … GRAND STEREOTYPICAL DISSOLVING VIEWS : SCENES IN MANY LANDS FROM GREENLAND’S ICY MOUNT, TO INDIA’S CORAL STRAND. THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD. THE BEAUTIES OF THE WORLD…

By [Bamber, B. A.]

[S.l.: s.n., 1880. First Edition. Broadside. Very good. [ca. 1880s] Broadside, approximately 28 x 6 3/4 inches. Small closed tears and moderate chipping at upper right edge, not affecting text. Very good. Attractive broadside for B. A. Bamber's traveling magic lantern and electric-battery/quack-medicine dime show, which toured in the Midwest and Northeast during the late 1800s. The show represents a bridge between the great American dime museums of the 19th century (one of the final iterations of cabinets of curiosities, now assembled by showmen, rather than princes and apothecaries) and the cinema of 20th century. The typical style and subjects of the quasi-educational dime museum and its 10-cent price remain in the magic lantern show, but the objects and tableaux have lost their materiality and begun to set the stage for new forms of popular spectacle. With lively 19th-century wood type, a portrait of Mr. Bamber, and an enchanting view of the flight of the god Mercury through a moonlit night. While this broadside advertises Bamber's "5th Annual Tour," no materials for previous or subsequent tours are recorded.

$425.00

THE FOUR GREAT BIG ATTRACTIONS FOR THE COMING SEASON. NO FAIR, TROTTING EVENT OR OUTSIDE EXHIBITION COMPLETE WITHOUT ONE OR ALL OF THESE FEATURES. . . [caption title]
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THE FOUR GREAT BIG ATTRACTIONS FOR THE COMING SEASON. NO FAIR, TROTTING EVENT OR OUTSIDE EXHIBITION COMPLETE WITHOUT ONE OR ALL OF THESE FEATURES. . . [caption title]

By [Baldwin, Thomas Scott]

[Massachusetts?], 1880. Broadside. Near fine. [ca. late 1880s]. Broadside, 10 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches. Two neat vertical folds and one neat horizontal fold. Light contemporary pencil note ("What prizes & railroad facilities?") in lower margin. Half-inch closed tear in horizontal fold, not affecting text, else fine. Unrecorded broadside advertisement of agent M. J. Finn of Natick, Massachusetts, for a great variety of outdoor entertainments available for hire to fairs and other exhibitions. The broadside most significantly features T. S. Baldwin and his GRAND BALLOON ASCENSION AND JUMP FROM AN ALTITUDE OF 5000 FEET. Baldwin (1860-1923), a U.S. Army Major and pioneering aeronautical performer and engineer, designed and operated parachutes, balloons, and airplanes during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, creating the famous California Arrow dirigible, which was exhibited at the 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair, and numerous other flying machines, used variously for entertainment, military, and navigational purposes. Also advertised in this broadside are Jeakles Wonderful Hippodrome Chariot Races, Miss Loui Cassini, Champion Lady Equestrienne, Finns Running Dogs, Mlle. Carlotta, Lady Aeronaut (i.e., Mary Hawley Myers, an important figure in her own right, who performed throughout the 1880s), a Mounted Sword Contest, Abdallah Ben Saids Troupe of Bedouin Arabs, Rowing Tricycle Races, Mlle. Maretta Meyers, wire walker, globe runner, juggler, slide for life by the hair and teeth, and a variety of other unusual performers. A very early and extremely rare Baldwin ephemeron, in remarkably good condition.

$200.00