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click to enlarge Estep, Keith E., BEST OF SHAVING MUGS. . NEW copy, hardcover. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2007). 1012 color photographs, 240 pp.
~~~ Hand-painted and photographic occupational, fraternal, and decorative shaving mugs were a common feature in barber shops in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, costing only a few dollars. Now they are valued antiques, often bringing several thousands of dollars. As you read through these pages, you will see over 1,000 of the best shaving mugs, from some of the leading collections around the world. The mugs are organized alphabetically by subject, and each mug is fully described along with a current estimate of its market value. Each is illustrated in a beautiful color photograph that enables readers to appreciate the artistry. This book will be both treasured and consulted by collectors because the mugs are each of great quality and the variety here is exceptional.

$89.95





click to enlarge Estep, Keith E., THE SHAVING MUG & BARBER BOTTLE BOOK. . NEW copy, hardcover. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1995). 682 photographs, 240 pp.
~~~ Personalized shaving mugs of barber supply catalog quality are what collectors want and what drives this exciting, interesting hobby. This new book concentrates on this beautiful pieces of folk art, in a way that collectors will love and historians will cherish. Filled with beautiful color photographs from some of the most wonderful collections in the world, this book captures and pleases the eye. Besides the mugs, there are examples of the barber bottles and cabinetry that made the historical barbershop one the centers of late nineteenth and early twentieth century America. Important tips for collectors are included, as well as a guide to values. These will help the collector avoid costly mistakes and build a collection of which he or she can be proud.

$69.95





click to enlarge Jones, Christian R., BARBERSHOP. . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1999). 655 photographs, 16 b&w drawings, 224 pp.
~~~ This is not your average show and tell antique picture book! If you only think you like barbershop antiques and collectibles, this book is for you! It is the first volume that covers the entire spectrum of old-time barbershop items: poles, chairs, mugs, bottles, razors and much more. Even better, it takes you on a delightful romp through the occupational history of traditional barbershops, which are fading today. By chronicling the golden years of barbering, the book is guaranteed to be both informative and fun. Every page presents what, where, why, when, and how information. More than 900 barbershop items appear in over 650 color photographs with current market prices. You need this barbershop reference for definitive information. It will be the preferred reference beacon for many years.

$39.95








click to enlarge [Barnum] A.H. Saxon, ed, SELECTED LETTERS OF P.T. BARNUM. NF/NF. Jacket in mylar. Original "$19.95" price intact on dj. (NY: Columbia University Press, 1983). Photographs, illustrations, appendices, bibliographic essay, index, 351 pages.
~~~ "I believe hugely in advertising and blowing my own trumpet, beating the gongs, drums, &c. to attract attention to a show," Phineas Taylor Barnum wrote to a publisher in 1860. "I don't believe in 'duping the public,' but I believe in first attracting & then pleasing them." The name P.T. Barnum is virtually synonymous with the fine art of self-advertisement and the apocryphal statement, "There's a sucker born every minute." Nearly a century after his death, Barnum remains one of America's most celebrated figures. In the Selected Letters of P.T. Barnum, A.H. Saxon brings together more than 300 letters written by the self-styled "Prince of Humbugs." Here we see him, opinionated and exuberant, with only the rarest flashes of introspection and self-doubt, haggling with business partners, blustering over politics, and attempting to get such friends as Mark Twain to endorse his latest schemes. Always the king of showmen, Barnum considered himself a museum man first and was forever on the lookout for "curiosities," whether animate or inanimate. His early career included such outright frauds as Joice Heth, the "161-year-old nurse of George Washington," and the Fejee Mermaid-the desiccated head and torso of a monkey sewn to the body of a fish. Although in later years he projected a more solid, respectable image-managing the irreproachable "legitimate" attraction Jenny Lind, becoming a leading light in the temperance crusade, founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus-much of his daily existence continued to be unabashedly devoted to manipulating public opinion so as to acquire for himselfand his enterprises what he delightedly termed "notoriety." His famous autobiography, The Life of P.T. Barnum, which he regularly augmented during the last quarter century of his life, was itself a masterpiece of self-promotion. "Will you have the kindness to announce that I am writing my life & that fifty-seven different publishers have applied for the chance of publishing it," he wrote to a newspaper editor, adding, "Such is the fact-and if it wasn't, why still it ain't a bad announcement." The Selected Letters of P.T. Barnum captures the magic of this consummate showman's life, truly his own "greatest show on earth."
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click to enlarge [Barnum] A.H. Saxon, ed, LIFE OF HON. PHINEAUS T. BARNUM: Unique Story, Marvellous Career, Comprising His Boyhood, Youth, Herculean Struggles, Brilliant Enterprises, His Reception By Kings, Queens, Etc. . VG. Small tears & chips to spine head & heel. Edgewear at bottom corners. (Edgewood Publishing Company, 1891). First Edition. 621 pages.
~~~ OUT OF PRINT.

$75.00





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click to enlarge [Chaplin], Frank Scheide & Hooman Mehran (eds), CHAPLIN'S "LIMELIGHT" AND THE MUSIC HALL TRADITION. . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006). 98 photographs, notes, 228 pp.
~~~ Charles Spencer Chaplin was a stage performer before he was a filmmaker, and it was in English music hall that he learned the rudiments of his art. The last film he made in the United States, Limelight, was a tribute to the music hall days of his youth. As a parallel to Chaplin’s past, the film was set in 1914, the year he left the stage for a Hollywood career.
~~~ This collection of essays examines Limelight and the history of English music hall. Featuring contributions from the world’s top Chaplin and music hall historians, as well as previously unpublished interviews with collaborators who worked on Limelight, the book offers new insight into one of Chaplin’s most important pictures and the British form of entertainment that inspired it. Essays consider how and why Chaplin made Limelight, other artists who came out of English music hall, and the film’s international appeal, among other topics. The book is filled with rare photographs, many published for the first time, sourced from the Chaplin archives and the private collections of other performers and co-stars.

$49.95








Fox, Charles Philip and Tom Parkinson, THE CIRCUS IN AMERICA. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Hennessey & Ingalls). 289 pages.
~~~ The Circus in America is an arresting visual document of this most populist form of entertainment. Based on the unsurpassed collection housed at the Circus World Museum, in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the books contains 96 full-color reproductions of the original circus posters that announced the imminent arrival of the Big Show. The Adam Forepaugh, Sells-Floto, Al G. Barnes, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circuses are all represented by the eye-popping color lithograph posters that tried to cram all the excitement of the circus into a single piece of paper, and often succeeded. This book also contains almost 200 black and white archival photographs of the great circus acts and performers, as well as behind-the-scenes shots of the circus at work, erecting the tents, caring for the animals, and moving across the country on their special circus trains. Several of the gorgeous circus parade wagons preserved at Baraboo are also shown in the book in full color. The text of The Circus in America is informative and accessible.

$49.95


click to enlarge Hartzman, Marc, AMERICAN SIDESHOW. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Tarcher/Penguin). 289 pages.
~~~ A fascinating look into the history of the American sideshow and its performers. Learn what's real, what's fake, and what's just downright bizarre.

$28.95


Knaebel, Nathaniel (ed), STEP RIGHT UP. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Carroll & Graf Publishers). 326 pages.
~~~ Everyone loves a carnival, whether it's the Big Top at its finest hour or a traveling midway kicking up dust just a few days after settling in. These roving extravaganzas are as amusing as they are mysterious and as innocent as they are sordid. Step Right Up collects the finest literature and the most absorbing testimonials and first-person accounts about carnivals, sideshows, and the circus, capturing all of the spectacle and sensation of this unusual and treasured tradition. A colorful assortment of characters populate the fairgrounds and circus tents of this unique collection from circus legends like P.T. Barnum and Otis Jordan the Frog Prince to a motley crew of ride monkeys and rubes. Step Right Up takes the reader everywhere from a small village in Romania to the streets of Coney Island and offers everything from Fred Rosen's account of the scandalous demise of Grady "Lobster Boy" Stiles Jr. to imaginative fiction like Michael Chabon's macabre take on the origin of clowns.

$15.00








Register, Woody, THE KID OF CONEY ISLAND. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Oxford). 400 pages.
~~~ A generation before Walt Disney, Fred Thompson was the "boy-wonder" of American popular amusements. At the turn of the 20th century, Thompson's entrepreneurial drive made him into an entertainment mogul who helped to define the popular culture of his day. In this lively biography, cultural historian Woody Register tells the remarkable story of Thompson and examines the transformation of commerce and entertainment as American society moved into an era of mass marketing and large-scale corporate enterprise. Register shows how Thompson got his start as a creator and promoter of carnival shows and world's fairs, and he traces Thompson's career as one of the principal developers and promoters of Coney Island and other amusement parks.

$35.00


Jahn, Mike, MURDER ON CONEY ISLAND. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (St Martins Minotaur). 262 pages.
~~~ It is now almost a year after the World Trade Center attacks, and New York City is still struggling with the horrible aftermath. For Captain Bill Donovan, Chief of Special Investigations for the NYPD, watching helplessly as his beloved city was torn apart was painful and heartbreaking. Therefore, when the body of notorious real estate developer James Victor is found in the basement of a Coney Island candy store, Donovan throws himself into the investigation as a way to ease the pain. Victor certainly has not been endearing himself to the local blue-collar Coney Island crowd in the recent months - he is the driving force behind a multimillion-dollar urban renewal project aimed at tearing down the old charming buildings and storefronts near the boardwalk in favor of erecting lavish condos. Soon, Donovan and his friend and associate, Brooklyn's massively muscled Brian Moskowitz, enter a world where the financial stakes are high and the emotional stakes are even higher.

$24.95





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