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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VITAL TO VICTORY: WWII

Freak Show: 1941

Freak Show: 1941

September 1941. "Outside a freak show at the State Fair in Rutland, Vermont." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
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If you fail to see

From the original shot of this, two weeks ago: https://www.shorpy.com/node/24232. Do I get my $5,000 reward now?

Odd pic

All we can see is the backs of the freaks. He should have had them turn around and face the camera.

$5,000 Reward

I gotta know: why was there a $5,000 reward going to be given to me if I failed to ... what?

Subtle

Might Mr. Delano be making a social statement with this picture? Maybe all the freaks aren't on the inside.

Big Tex

When I was a kid, my parents rented a couple of house trailers and rented one for a week to Big Tex, a friendly but morbidly obese man (over 500lbs) who offered us free tickets to come see him at the "Freak Show."

We went and saw him sitting there on his pile of cushions while people pointed and stared. I'll never forget the feelings of embarrassment and shame I felt in seeing him in that situation.

We accept her!

One of us, one of us. Gooba-gobble, gooba-gobble.

 
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