Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. SIGNED by the author. 8vo. 265 pp. Illustrations by L. P. Harding. A fine copy in near fine dustjacket with wraparound cover art by L. P. Harting (minor chipping to spine ends; 2 short closed tears). Item #18945
The travelling medicine show with its cure-all medicines for the gullible has vanished almost entirely from the American scene. Here is the author's account of one of those shows, the Ton-Ko-Ko Medicine Show, revealing the dramatic and human side of the bygone tent shows. Many of the exotic personalities figure in this book including "Dr." J. W. Wellington, owner, leader and medical genius; Babe Daniels, excentric dancer; Les Williams, musical virtuoso and dope fiend; Monk Juckins, the Slasher; Lolly, half man and half woman; and Dummy, the deaf mute. From his first day with the company to its tragic breaking-up, Webber has depicted the medicine show in all its tawdry glory. - dustjacket flap.