Books here give an overview of exhibitions other than world's fairs.
Some are devoted to specific fairs, while others discuss the impact
of these presentations on history, society, architecture, technology,
etc. Note that some do discuss world's fairs but they are not the main
subject. There are also some books on related subjects such as
For books on World's Fairs, go to the main
Fairs Books table of contents.
See also: Videos and The CEC Midway Exhibition Grounds.
________ AGRICULTURAL & INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION (1980) By (No Author Credited). This gives the general regulations and prize list for The Agricultural & Industrial Exhibition held at Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition held at Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada from September 30th through October 4th 1878. Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ AGRICULTURAL & INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION (1980) By (No Author Credited). This gives the general regulations and prize list for The Agricultural & Industrial Exhibition held at Kentville, Nova Scotia September 28th through October 1st, 1880. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ 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: ________ ALL THE WORLD'S A FAIR: (1984 and/or 87) "Visions of Empire at American Expositions, 1876-1916" By Robert W. Rydell, *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: University of Chicago Press ISBN: 0226732401 Price: $20.00 ________ THE AMERICAN STATE FAIR (2001) By Derek Nelson. This discusses the county-type of fairs as produced in the United States. It includes a history, contests for best animals, vegetables, and pies; the tractor pulls; public attractions such as balloon ascensions, train wrecks, car races, etc; sideshows; amusement rides; fair food; even the "cooch" (girlie) shows. 100 photos. *(This book includes a nice chapter on midways, with photos of carousels and some flat rides. State fairs were in many ways the predecessors of amusement parks in America. Another volume from the MBI series, with good text and great production values.) Book suggestion and review courtesy of Seth Briliant of Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.A. Published By: MBI Publishing ISBN: 0760306567 Price: $29.95 (U.S. Funds) ________ BOOKS OF THE FAIRS (1990) By Robert Rydell. This was part of a Smithsonian project and lists books, manuscripts, and pamphlets in their collection. It covers fairs from 1834 - 1915. Besides the bibliographical information, Rydell traces the evolution of fairs and discusses their history. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Research Publications U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ BRITISH FAIRGROUND (!97?) "A Photographic History" By Susanne Thackray. Gives a history of British fairs from the 1800's through to the 1960's. Many photographs included. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Encompass Press 45 The Street Aylmerton, Norwich England NR11 8AA ISBN: 1 897924 03 8 Price: ________ CALIFORNIA PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION ( ?? ) *(No Further Information.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ CANADIAN COMPANIES AT INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIRS (1996) By Philip J. Rosson and F.H. Rolf Seringhaus. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: 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) ________ ENGLISH FAIRS (1975) By Ian Starsmore. This book gives a good history with photos, including rides. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Thames & Hudson 30 Bloomsbury Street London, England WC1B 3QP ISBN: 0 500 27070 8 Price: ________ EXPOSITIONS, EXHIBITS, INDUSTRIAL AND TRADE FAIRS (1968) By Wolfgang Clasen. *(No Further Information.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ FAIRFIELD FOLK (1986) By Francis Brown. This book concentrates on the people & 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: ________ A FAIR FIGHT (19 ) "An Illustrated Review of Boxing on British Fairgrounds" By Vanessa Toulmin. This reviews the history, the people involved and the life they led. Showmen families in the field are documented along with photographs. Also discussed are women who competed, sometimes against men. Finally, the decline is shown after controls were introduced coupled with the difficulty in locating suitable boxers. *(Not Reviewed.) Thanks to Robert Currey of Oldham, Lancashire, England for the book suggestion. Published By: World's Fair Publications 2 Daltry Street Oldham, UK OL1 4BB ISBN: 0 9501414 4 5 Price: 12.95 (UK Funds) ________ 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 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 of the 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 TRAVELING 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 HERITAGE ( ?? ) By Peter Wilkes. There are 2 books in the series. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Trent Valley Publications Dalebrook Road Winshill, Burton-On-Trent England DE15 0AD ISBN: Book 1: 0948131 24 1 Book 2: 0948131 28 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: ________ FAIRS, PAST AND PRESENT: (1883) "A Chapter in the History of Commerce" By Cornelius Walford. *(Not Reviewed.) Reprinted in 1968 By: A.M. Kelly New York, New York U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ GOING TO THE FAIR (1993) (Turn of the Century) By Gill Tanner and Sheila Jackson(Illustrator). *(Not Reviewed) Published By: ISBN: Price: $14.95 (U.S. Funds) ________ THE GREAT AMERICAN FAIR (1984) By Reid Badger. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Nelson hall Publishers Chicago, Illinois U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ THE GREAT EXHIBITIONS (1977) By John Allwood. Discusses over 70 fairs up to Expo 70, with many photos. Lists all fairs with statistical information. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ HISTORIC FAIRGROUND SCENES (1977) By Michael Ware. A picture book showing scenes from fairs of olde. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Moorland Publishing Company England ISBN: ISBN 0903485 33 8 Price: ________ HISTORY OF FAIRS AND EXPOSITIONS: (1939) "Their Classifications, Functions, and Values" By H. Waters. After a short history, Waters discusses promotion and organization of all types of fairs. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: 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: ________ INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIRS (1989) "Firms and Government Exhibits" By Philip J. Rosson and F.H. Rolf Seringhaus. *(No Further Information.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ JUMP ON, JUMP ON: (19 ? ) "Traditional Fairs and Showmen" By Brian Steptoe. This book details British ride makers and profiles a number of show families. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Jumper Books 99 McCarthy Way Wokingham, Berkshire, England RG40 4UB (0118) 973-4131 ISBN: 0 902830 33 3 Price: 19.95 (U.K. Funds) ________ MEET ME AT THE FAIR (1997) "Country, State, and World's Fairs & Expositions" By Judy Alter. A history of fairs in the United States traces their evolution from small animal exhibitions in the early nineteenth century to modern day events featuring midways, junk food, and famous entertainers. Discussed are The 1893 Columbian Exposition, The 1939 New York World's Fair, and other major exhibitions that served as cultural barometers of their time. Archival photographs, many in color, accompany the fast-moving text. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Franklin Watts ISBN: Price: $21.00 ________ MEN AT WORK: (2003) "The Fairground Artists and Artisans of Orton & Spooner" By Alan Howell. This book details Alan's fairground artist father, Sid, and his grandfather, Albert. They became renowned for producing wagons for fairground showmen and eventually all kinds of fairground devices. The book follows Albert's progress from art school and apprenticeship to his days at Orton & Spooner painting vivid jungle scenes on the rounding boards of the great Scenic Railways of the 1900s. Sid's life is charted through the height of his career as chief artist at Orton & Spooner and beyond. 128 pages. 200+ photos. *(Not Reviewed.) Pubished By: ISBN: 0-9544573-1-5) Skelter Publishing 3 Connaught Road, Price: 19.99 (U.K. Funds) St Albans, Herts -Joyland Books AL3 5RX Skelter Publishing ________ MIDWAYS, JUDGES, AND SMOOTH-TOUNGUED FAKIRS (1983) "The Illustrated Story of Country Fairs in the Prairie West" By David Jones. This profiles, the rural fairs of the Canadian Praries from the 1890's into the 1930's. It has over 80 photos; many are full page. One chapter devotes itself to the traveling carnivals and shows which toured the Canadian prairie exhibitonm circuit. It discusses at length the judging process, its problems, and how it evolved to try to solve those problems. A chart is included which shows the number os fairs for each province for each year, and how they greatelky declined in the 1930's tough weather and economic conditions. *(Recommended. This is a different book about Canadian fairs. It concentrates greatly on the people of the fairs - both the patrons and the organisers, but with a lean towards the social and economic aspects. A detrement is that although there are a large number of photos, the reproduction is too contrasty to make out smaller details.) MIDWAYS, JUDGES, AND SMOOTH-TOUNGUED FAKIRS (continued) Published By: Western Producer Prairie Books Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (A Member of The Saskatchewan Wheat Pool) ISBN: 0-88833-099-5 Price: ________ A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN CARNIVAL (1972) By Joe McKennon. This large format book comes in two volumes and concentrates on mainly rides. It starts with world's fairs and discusses in detail The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, with particular attention paid to Ferris' Wheel. From there it details various carnival operators and their rides. *(Recommended. There are lots of pictures of antique rides and discussions of carnival operations. A bonus is a list of carnivals in the appendix.) Published By: Carnival Publishers Sarasota, Florida U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ SELECTED LIST OF REFERENCES ON FAIRS AND EXPOSITIONS, 1928 - 1939 (1938) By ?. This is bibliographic listings of publications fitting the above title for the given 11-year span. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Division of Biography Library of Congress U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ THE STORY OF EXHIBITIONS (1951) By Kenneth Lockhurst. *(No Further Information.) Published By: Studio Publications London, England ISBN: Price: ________ TORONTO (1989 ?) This book is borderline for this category but includes Canada's Wonderland, Ontario Place, Centreville Amusement park, and The Canadian National Exhibition, hence its inclusion here. It's a picture book showing views of Toronto with areas like the Theater District, CN Tower/Skydome, several of the forts in the area, museums, and other tourist attractions. *(The pictures are nice and reproduction quality is good. I especially like the day and night shots of the now-gone "Flyer" coaster at The CNE. There is also an excellent picture of Casa Loma at night.) Published By: Price: $7.99 (Cdn. Funds) Royal Specialty Sales 11 Industrial Street Toronto, Ontario M4G 1Z2 ISBN: 19713-9-89 ? ________ TORONTO AND NIAGARA FALLS (1996) This book is also borderline for this category. It is really about the above locations and their surrounding area. However, Canada's Wonderland and The Canadian National Exhibition are shown, hence this book's inclusion here. *(Highly recommended. The pictures and photo reproduction quality are tops. Views of Wonderland and The CNE are here, but so are The CN Tower, Skydome, The Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Zoo, Ontario Place, Eaton Centre, plus other shopping areas, museums, and universities. The views of Niagara Falls are spectacular, especially the night views with the coloured lighting on the water. Write-ups accompany each photo spread.) Published By: Distributed By: Casa Editrice Bonechi ArtBooks & Souvenirs Italy 1337 St Clare Avenue Toronto, Ontario ISBN: 88-8029-569-1 M6E 1C3 (416) 651-3310 Price: $14.95 (Cdn. 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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