Weird and Wonderful : The Dime Museum in America (Paperback)

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Dioramas and panoramas, freaks and magicians, waxworks and menageries, obscure relics and stuffed animals . . . a dazzling assortment of curiosities attracted the gaze of the 19th-century spectator at the dime museum. Author Andrea Stulman Dennett recaptures this ephemeral and scarcely documented institution of American culture from the margins of history. 24 illustrations.

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Publisher New York University Press
Mfg Part# 9780814718865
SKU 30178630
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0814718868
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6L x 0.75T
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Editors Note Dioramas and panoramas, freaks and magicians, waxworks and menageries, obscure relics and stuffed animals . . . a dazzling assortment of curiosities attracted the gaze of the 19th-century spectator at the dime museum. Author Andrea Stulman Dennett recaptures this ephemeral and scarcely documented institution of American culture from the margins of history. 24 illustrations.
Editors Note 1 Weird and Wonderful chronicles the evolution of the dime museum from its eighteenth-century inception as a "cabinet of curiosities" to its death at the hands of new amusement technologies in the early twentieth century. From curio halls housing upwards of ten thousand exhibits to meager converted storefronts displaying petrified wood and living anomalies, this study vividly reanimates the array of museums, exhibits, and performances that make up this entertainment institution. Tracing the scattered legacy of the dime museum from vaudeville theatre to Ripley's museum to the talk show spectacles of today, Dennett makes a significant contribution to the history of American popular entertainment.
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