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Wild Rose and Rattlesnake Joe: 1920s

Wild Rose and Rattlesnake Joe: 1920s

Sideshow booth of Wild Rose and Rattlesnake Joe, Westchester County Fair, New York. Click View Detailed Image to see the detail. Some other interesting booths including "Beautiful Mermaid Captured Alive" and "Merry Widow Ball Game". No date and photographer unknown. Probably 1920s. Bain News Service, publisher. LOC original medium: glass negative.

Flower Fete, Portland: 1910

Flower Fete, Portland: 1910

Annual flower fete, Portland, Oregon, between 1910 and 1915. Decorated car, possibly at the Portland Rose Festival. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008). Bain News Service, publisher. LOC original medium: glass negative.

Largest Snakes on Earth: 1941

Largest Snakes on Earth: 1941

Carnival sideshow barker at the grounds of the Vermont state fair, Rutland, Vermont, 1941. Jack Delano, photographer. Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection. LOC original medium: color slide.

Grandpa Takes a Nap: 1938

Grandpa Takes a Nap: 1938

Farmer at National Rice Festival taking a rest, Crowley, Louisiana, 1938. Russell Lee, photographer. Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: nitrate negative.

Paul Bunyan Gas: 1939

Paul Bunyan Gas: 1939

Paul Bunyan atop Shell gas station with visible gas pump, Bemidji, Minnesota, 1939. Photo by John Vachon. Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: nitrate negative.

Whale Head and Mystery Skeleton: early 1900s

Whale Head and Mystery Skeleton: early 1900s

Whale head and skeleton of some other animal (what is that?). Unknown location, Alaska. Photo taken between 1900 and 1927. Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection. LOC original medium: photographic print.

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