In freak show presenting human oddities for amusement and profit bogdan traces the roots and heyday of freak shows with alacrity intelligence and respect this thoroughly researched work is filled with pictures and artifacts some rather gruesome in their subject that furthers bogdans examination of freak show history. Freak show presenting human oddities for amusement and profit by robert bogdan chicago university of chicago press 1988 pp xiii 322 2995. Freak show presenting human oddities for amusement and profit by robert bogdon university of chicago press 1988 7911 author robert bogdon paints a vivid portrait of life inside the travelling shows that exhibited malformed humans. Freak show presenting human oddities for amusement and profit paperback may 15 1990 by robert bogdan author 44 out of 5 stars 8 ratings see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions amazon price new from used from kindle edition please retry cdn 1466 . From 1840 until 1940 freak shows by the hundreds crisscrossed the united states from the smallest towns to the largest cities exhibiting their casts of dwarfs giants siamese twins bearded ladies savages snake charmers fire eaters and other oddities by todays standards such displays would be considered cruel and exploitative the pornography of disability
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