Spectacle of Deformity: Freak Shows and Modern British Culture

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

If Blanche DuBois always depended on the kindness of strangers, I have depended entirely on the kindness of archivists. Without their help this book would not have been possible. Although I have tried to use as many different types of historical documents as possible, this book has largely been written from thousands of scraps of paper—handbills, posters, tickets—that have been lovingly preserved by archivists who recognize the value of this type of ephemera. I am extremely grateful to Jonathan Evans of the London Hospital Museum and Archives, Julie Anne Lambert of the John Johnson Collection at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, Helen Peden of the British Library’s Evanion Collection, Jeremy Smith of the Guildhall Library, and Vanessa Toulmin of the National Fairgrounds Archive at the University of Sheffield. Each of these individuals went above and beyond the call of duty to make source material available to me and to answer countless questions. I would also like the thank the staff of the British Library, the Wellcome Library, the London Theatre Museum, the Newspaper Library at Colindale, the National Archives, the Natural History Museum, the Royal College of Surgeons, the City of Westminster Archives, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the London Metropolitan Archives, the Ashmolean Museum, and the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin. I am also grateful to Fred D. Pfening, who kindly gave me

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