Esmeralda Animated Fortune Teller Machine

Esmeralda Animated Fortune Teller Machine
Esmeralda Animated Fortune Teller Machine Esmeralda Animated Fortune Teller Machine

Do not fear me gypsy. All I want from you is your tears...

Meet Esmeralda! For just a quarter, she will peer into your soul and tell your future... not bad huh?

Reminiscent of the old, electro-mechanical machines that once filled penny arcades during the early 20th century, this animated mechanical fortune teller, that I designed and hand crafted, is about 1/3rd the size of a full-sized machine yet operates exactly like the larger ones do including giving you a fortune card!

Constructed using all new high-quality materials, the miniature wooden cabinet is small enough that it fits practically anywhere. It measures just 2 feet tall (24"), 10" wide (18" wide lantern-to-lantern) and 12" deep. Once 25 cents is inserted into the coin push, little Esmeralda comes to life! (Psst... We bought it)

$2000 @ Starlite Amusements
In: Collectibles, Decorations, Games, Vintage

Circus Museum

Circus Museum
Circus Museum Circus Museum

The ultimate image bank with posters, photos and prints from the collection of Jaap Best, the Netherlands’ largest collection of circus memorabilia. For your enjoyment, our online show, now has nearly eight thousand circus posters from 1880 to the present, from the Netherlands to America, from A2 format to several square metres. At the heart of the collection, and dating from 1880-1930, are nearly 3,500 colour lithographs by the Hamburg printer Adolph Friedländer. This year alone we have added 7,000 circus photos and picture postcards. Our sophisticated search engine has hundreds of headwords – not just for acts and artistes, and for owners and individual circuses, but also for fairs, variety shows and the theatre.
In: Design, Sideshow, Vintage

Grand-Guignol Theatre Posters (36 Images)

Grand Guignol Theatre Posters
Grand Guignol Theatre Posters Grand Guignol Theatre Posters

The savage yet seductive posters from the infamous Grand-Guignol Theatre that specialized in naturalistic horror shows.

Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol (The Theatre of the Big Puppet) – known as the Grand Guignol – was a theatre in the Pigalle area of Paris (at 20 bis, rue Chaptal (fr)). From its opening in 1897 until its closing in 1962, it specialized in naturalistic horror shows. Its name is often used as a general term for graphic, amoral horror entertainment, a genre popular from Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre (for instance Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, and Webster's The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil), to today's splatter films.

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In: Art, Design, Galleries, Vintage

Pulp Covers

Pulp Covers
Pulp Covers Pulp Covers

I take whiskey straight, women curvy and murder in stride.

Here at Pulp Covers, we are always looking for new and better covers to post. Do you have an interesting, lurid, or just awesome cover that I haven’t posted? Do you have a better copy than I do? A slightly different edition? Send it in!
In: Art, Erotic, Vintage

Circuses and Sideshows

Circuses and Sideshows
Circuses and Sideshows Circuses and Sideshows

Preserving the history of the American circus, it's people, stories and traditions.

When patrons go to a circus they come away with visions of performers, spangles, spotlights, and the smell of popcorn, but there is much more to a circus. There are people. People from many backgrounds, nations, religions, and customs. We are a multi-cultural society all working together to put on a circus performance.

Think about the many skills necessary to move a circus. It takes managers, performers, musicians, concessionaires, mechanics, electricians, welders, wardrobe makers, cooks and the list goes on and on.

This web site is intended to be about Circus People, the people that for many generations have made the circus an American tradition. The individuals and families who have devoted their lives to the circus.

On this site we will attempt to introduce you to these people. You will learn about the acts they did, the circuses and sideshows they operated, the triumphs they achieved and the hardships and tragedy they endured.
In: Sideshow, Vintage
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