Books listed below discuss carnivals and related subjects. Some
of them are devoted to specific owners or performers, while others
discuss the workers and/or touring aspect of carnival life. Some
dwell on permanent fairs, but since many have amusement rides
provided by a carnival company, they are included here.
For carnival rides, see Rides Books.
For additional Books
which may have some carnival information, go to the
Fairs Books Table of Contents.
THE FOLLOWING MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED
WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR ©
________ ALL THE FUN of THE FAIR (1992) "A Pop-Up Book" By Robert Crowther. This is a children's pop-up book centered around a portable amusement park (carnival). Featured rides are the slide, carousel, ferris wheel, Enterprise, bumper cars, Zipper, Round-Up, bobsled, and a roller coaster than ends up as a flume ride with a splash down at the end! *(There are many moving and pull-out sections to please park buffs of all ages.) Published by: Walker Books Limited Candlewick Press London England 2067 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140 ISBN: 1-56402-001-0 U.S.A. Price: $18.95 (Cdn Funds) ________ ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR: ( ? ) By ? This book has something to do with The Showmen's Guild in England. *(No Further Information.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ ANNALS OF THE FIREBREATHER (1973) By Marcel Horne. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: P. Martin Associates Toronto, Canada ISBN: 0887780644 Price: ________ CARNIVAL (1970) By Arthur Lewis. Details the traveling carnival and the live acts that once toured with it. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: Trident Press New York, New York U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ CARNIVAL GAMES AND HOW THEY WORK (1997) By Danny Gowler. This book describes carnival games and then goes on to show how they are set up to make it difficult to win. Has full-size practice artwork. *(Not reviewed.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ THE CARNIVAL PLANNING GUIDE (1974) By Donna Boyer. Discusses how to setup and run a carnival. Apparently there is a 2001 update available. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: Boyer Public Relations Houston, Texas U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ CARNIVAL SECRETS (1993) By Matthew Gryczan. Details ways to win carnival games. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: Piccadilly Books Colorado Springs, Colarado U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ CARNIVAL TIME (1992) By Vivian Sathre. Describes the sights and sounds of a carnival. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Simon & Schuster New York, New York U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ CIRCUS & CARNIVAL TRUCKS 1923 - 2000 (2001) By Bill Rhodes. Details trucks used to haul circus machinery and carnival rides. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: Iconografix Hudson, Wisconsin U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ C.W. PARKER, THE CARNIVAL KING (1988) By ? 75 pages. *(Not Reviewed.) Book suggested by Victor Canfield of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Published By: Midway Museum Publications Nashua, New Hampshire U.S.A. ISBN: Price ________ DIRECTORY OF NORTH AMERICAN FAIRS, FESTIVALS, AND EXPOSITIONS (2000) This is an Amusement Business publication listing almost 5,000 of the above. Note that although the title says "North America", only fairs in The United States and Canada are shown. It is renewed every year. Contains dates, booking information, demographics and other details. (Not Reviewed.) Published By: Amusement Business Amusement Business (800) 407-6874 ISBN: Price: $65 (U.S. Funds) ________ EVERYBODY'S FAVOURITE! (19 ) By Roger Mills. The book is devoted to the family of Bob Edwards who have been in the British carnival business since the 1890s. Many of their early rides are profiled including some that have survived to this day. Also included are various antique rides by Orton & Spooner, and signs by artists such as Charles Gaze & Arnold Hood, A S & Sid Howell, Fred Fowle, and Edwin & Billy Hall. The book lists travelling itineraries and illustrated descriptions of all amusements and transport vehicles operated by their company. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Order From: Fairground Heritage Trust 64 The Curlews Verwood, Dorset ISBN: England BH31 6NH Price: 8.50 (U.K. Currency) ________ FAIRFIELD FOLK (1986) By Francis Brown. This book concentrates on the people and families as we follow their careers in the fair business. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Malvern Publishing Company England ISBN: ISBN 0 947993 24 X Price: ________ THE FAIRGROUND ALBUM (19 ) By Malcolm Slater. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Slater Photo Sales & Publishing 7 Malvern Close Huntington, Yorkshire England YO3 9RP ISBN: ISBN 1 87139 02 0 Price: ________ FAIRGROUND AND CIRCUS TRANSPORT ( ) By Malcolm Slater. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: ISBN: Price: 10.95 (U.K. Funds) ________ FAIRGROUND ARCHITECTURE: (1968) "The World of Amusement Parks, Carnivals, and Fairs" By David Braithwaite. Looks at the attractions and exhibits. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Hugh Evelyn 9 Fitzroy Square London, W1 England ISBN: ISBN 238 789985 Price: ________ FAIRGROUND ART (1985) By Geoff Weedon and Richard Ward. Although primarily concerned with carousels, this large book covers all aspects of amusement park art, including sideshow banners, orchestrions, band organs and carnival rides. *(The carousel coverage is especially complete, dealing with German "karuselles," English roundabouts, the famous Coney Island Steeplechase horse race ride, racing derbies, and so on. All major American carousel manufacturers are also covered in detail. A fine book.) Book suggestion and review courtesy of Seth Briliant, Atlantic City. New Jersey, U.S.A. Published by: Price: $95 (U.S. Funds) Abbeville Press (May now be found for 505 Park Avenue $30 - $45 U.S.) New York, New York U.S.A ISBN: 0-89659-529-3 ________ FAIRGROUND ART FORMS OF TRAVELLING FAIRS, CAROUSELS, AND CARNIVAL MIDWAYS (1981) By Geoff Weedon and Richard Ward. Likely the same book as above. Published By: White Mouse Editions London, England ISBN: Price: ________ FAIRGROUND ENGINES IN FOCUS ( ?? ) By John Crawley. We assume this to be a book on power sources for fairground rides and lighting. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: John Crawley Field House Turvey, Bedfordshire England MK43 8DU ISBN: 09508036 1 4 Price: ________ FAIRGROUND STEAM ( ?? ) By Anthony Beaumont. We assume this to be a look at steam- operated rides and calliopes. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Model & Allied Publications 13/35 Bridge Street Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire England ISBN: Price: ________ FAIRS AND REVELS ( ?? ) By Brian Jewell. This book gives a history of fairs, dwelling mostly on the oldest ones, with some on rides and contemporary shows. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Midas Books 12 Dene Way Speldhurst Tunbridge Wells, Kent England TN3 0NX ISBN: 0 85936 068 7 Price: ________ FREAK SHOW (1996) By Don Whittington. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: Avon Camelot ISBN: Price: ________ FREAK SHOW (1988) "Presenting Human Oddities For Amusement And Profit" By Robert Bogdan. *(Not Reviewed.) A 1990 paperback edition is also available. Published By: University of Chicago Press Chicago, Illinois U.S.A. ISBN: 0226063119 Price: ________ FREAK SHOW (1996) "Sideshow Banner Art" By Carl Hammer. Shows 90 full-colour banners from the heyday of the sideshow from 1900 to the 1950s. Included "freaks of nature," incredible transformations, and death-defying acts. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: ISBN: 081180707X Price: $14.95 (U.S. Funds) ________ GIRL SHOW (1981) "Into the Canvas World of Bump and Grind" By Stencell, A.W. Covers show girls from world's fairs through the travelling burlesque shows that were the forerunners to today's strip clubs. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: ECW Press Toronto, Ontario Canada ISBN: Price: ________ HISTORY OF THE SHOWMEN'S GUILD (19 ) By Thomas Murphy. The story of the famous organization. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: World's Fair Limited 2 Daltry Street Oldham, England ISBN: Price: ________ HOW I BECAME A FREAK (1998) "Choose Your Own Nightmare" By Rick Brightfield. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: ISBN: Price: $24.95(U.S. Funds) ________ INSIDE THE LIVE REPTILE TENT: (2001) "The Twilight World of the Carnival Midway" By Jeffrey Brouws and Bruce Caron. Has many colour and black and white photos of amusement rides ove the years. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ IT'S ALL DONE WITH MIRRORS (1977) " A Story of Canadian Carnival Life" By Hazel Elves. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: Sono Nis Press Victoria, British Columbia Canada ISBN: Price: ________ THE JAMES E.STRATES SHOW: (2003) "A Pictorial History" By ? *(Not Reviewed.) Book suggested by Victor Canfield of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ JUMP ON, JUMP ON (19 ) "Traditional Fairs and Showmen" By Brian Steptoe. This details fairground rides and their designers/builders. Also profiled are some of the carny families. With 73 color illustrations. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: ? Order From: Jumper Books 99 McCarthy Way Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 4UB England ISBN: 0 902830 33 3 Price: 19.95 (UK Currency) ________ PICTORIAL HISTORY OF CETLIN & WILSON SHOWS (1987) By ? 79 pages. *(Not Reviewed.) Book suggested by Victor Canfield of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Published By: Midway Museum Publications Nashua, New Hampshire U.S.A. ISBN: Price ________ A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN CARNIVAL (1972) and (1981) By Joe McKennon. This is a three-book series. The first two detail the very early times. The 1981 book starts with a discussion of world's fairs and in particular the 1893 fair in Chicago. It then discusses various early carnival operations leading up to today. The book has a list of American carnival operators. *(Recommended. There are lots of pictures and descriptions of early rides & setups, including some Canadian ones, such as the CNE. many carnival operators are discussed in detail.) Published By: Carnival Publishers Sarasota, Florida U.S.A. ISBN: Price ________ PLEASURELANDS (2003) By Vanessa Toulmin. This is a collection of four essays about the tradition of travelling fairs and how they influence popular culture. Has 100 black & white photographs, and a 16-page colour layout. *(Not Reviewed). Published By: The Projection Box ISBN: Price: 10.00 (UK Funds) ________ REMEMBERING THE WORLD OF MIRTH SHOWS (1984) By ? 144 pages. May also be known as "World of Mirth Shows: Largest Midway on Earth : A Remembrance". *(Not Reviewed). Book suggested by Victor Canfield of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Published By: Greenhills Books Randolph Center, Vermont, U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ ROUNDABOUT PEOPLE (19 ) By Brian Steptoe. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ ROYAL AMERICAN SHOWS (19 ) "A Pictorial History" By Bob Goldsack. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ THE SECRETS OF AMUSEMENT PARK GAMES...REVEALED (1999) By Brian Richardson. Brian describes many carnival games including Ball-Rolling ones, BB Gun Star Shootout, Milk Can Knock-Down, Water Gun Race Games, and many others. He then gives tips and techniques that will help one to win. Also discussed, are games from which to stay away. In addition, he lists his 20 favourite rollercoasters. *(Not reviewed.) Published By: Silver Star Publishing ISBN: 0966965906 Price: $4.50 (U.S.Funds) ________ STEP RIGHT UP (1951) By Daniel Mannix. This is a book about carnival side shows and the author's experiences with a number of their performers. Each chapter deals with a specific display or performer such as fire eating, a two-headed baby, flea circus, snake charmers, mentalists, etc. *(This would be of interest only to those performers and fans of old-style side shows, which are a dying breed.) Published By: Harper New York, New York U.S.A. ISBN: Price: 19.99 (U.K. Funds) ________ THOSE WONDERFUL, COLORFUL & EXCITING CARNIVAL TRAINS (1991) By Bob Goldsack and Robert Goldsack. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: Midway Museum Publications Nashua, New Hampshire U.S.A. ISBN: Price: $24.95 (U.S. Funds) ________ THE TRAVELLING FAIR ( ) By Malcolm Slater. A photographic look at carnival and circus transport in The U.K. It is organised as an alphabetical reference from AEC to Volvo. There is a also section on crew quarters vehicles. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: ISBN: Price: 16.95 (U.K. Funds) ________ TRUCKS IN BRITAIN ( ) "Fairground Transport" By Malcolm Slater. This is the second of a two-book series. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: ISBN: Price: 8.95 (U.K. Funds) ________ WILD MOUSE (1999) By Derek McCormack and Chris Chambers. This book is one that would not ordinarily be shown here, as fictional books are not part of the CEC book lists. It contains short stories set during The Depression and poems set from 1972 through 1997 which revisit carnivals, sites of childhood fantasies, adolescent longings and adult nostalgia. It's included here because there are 18 rare Canadian National Exhibition archival photographs included. *(Not Reviewed.) Book suggested by Victor Canfield of Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Published By: Pedlar Press Station P Box 26 Toronto, ON M5S 2S6 ISBN: 0-968I884-4-3 Price:
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