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Author Dennett, Andrea Stulman

Title Weird and Wonderful : the Dime Museum in America
Published New York : NYU Press, 1997
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Description 1 online resource (216 pages)
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Illustrations; Preface and Acknowledgments; 1. The Origins of the Dime Museum, 1782-1840; 2. Barnum and the Museum Revolution, 1841-1870; 3. The Peak Years: From the Civil War to 1900; 4. Freaks and Platform Performers; 5. Lecture Room Entertainments; 6. Waxworks and Film; 7. The Dime Museum Reconfigured for a New Century; Epilogue; Appendix A. Chronology; Appendix B. Dime Museums; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index; About the Author
Summary Dioramas and panoramas, freaks and magicians, waxworks and menageries, obscure relics and stuffed animals--a dazzling assortment of curiosities attracted the gaze of the nineteenth-century spectator at the dime museum. This distinctly American phenomenon was unprecedented in both the diversity of its amusements and in its democratic appeal, with audiences traversing the boundaries of ethnicity, gender, and class. Andrea Stulman Dennett's Weird and Wonderful: The Dime Museum in America recaptures this ephemeral and scarcely documented institution of American culture from the margins of history
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Subject Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891.
Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891
Barnum's American Museum.
Barnum's American Museum.
Curiosities and wonders -- Museums -- United States -- History
Dime museums -- United States -- History
Museums -- United States -- History
Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Museums -- United States -- History
Popular culture -- United States -- History.
Curiosities and wonders -- Museums.
Dime museums.
Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Museums.
HISTORY / United States / General.
Popular culture.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0814744214